Five Financial New Year’s Resolutions For 2020

It’s 2020, and that means that most of you have made at least one New Year’s resolution for this year or even for the next decade. For most of you it will surround either diet or exercise, but for some of you, getting your financial plan in order may rise to the top of the list. With the average American now surpassing more than $7,000 of credit card debt, student loans at more than $1.6 trillion, and 50% of the people in America who are 55 years and older having no retirement savings at all, it may appear cash flow management will be THE term we all need to learn for the next decade. In Your Smart Money Moves fashion, here are my ideas for a sticky 2020 financial New Year’s resolution that can help you grow your bottom line. Get Your Financial House In Order Take The 21 Day Budget Cleanse – I just published a new book to ...

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Know What You Own and What is a Bad Financial Product

As an advisor pre/post- the 2008 financial crisis and throughout subsequent periods of market volatility (such as 1994, wars, terrorist events, Brexit, you name it), when working with a new client I am regularly surprised by how often they do not have a handle on what is in their portfolio and/or purposes of an asset allocation or lack thereof. During periods like the one we are in now, we watch television pundits that depending on the channel/time of day, are either predicting total market chaos, or a continuation of an extended bull market. Inevitably, it can create a lot of stress and confusion for an investor (and some financial advisors). In the end, investing should have the intended goal of creating “peace of mind” that a person(s) is on track so that they can breathe easier® (shameless plug), feel okay when they turn on the news and can live their lives the way they want to. Knowing What You Own ...

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Why Your Parents Financial Advice Might Be Wrong (Sort Of……..)

A recent study that came out on CNBC showed that when it comes to debt, Gen Xers are now at the top of the class.  Especially in the category of personal debt where the average Generation X individual (ages 39 to 54) has racked up $36,000 of personal debt.  This is on top of the student debt that is still lagging in the background and potentially taking on new college debt for their children. I think about the advice I got from my parents and the advice that I am giving today.  We all need to consider that as life evolves, so may some of the traditional financial advice that we give when it comes to money decisions.  Here are four areas where parents’ financial advice may be (kind of) wrong: Go To College And Get A Degree:  Let me say up front, I’m not advocating that a college degree is a bad idea.  But we need to consider what’s ...

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oXYGen Financial Opens New Location In Sarasota, FL – Micah Keel Will Be Managing Director

Atlanta based oXYGen Financial, one of the pioneers of Generation X and Y financial services, is opening another new location in Sarasota, FL. oXYGen Financial has four divisions and has more than 1.4 billion dollars under advisement. This new location, being managed by seasoned financial advisor Micah Keel is the second new location opened by oXYGen Financial this year. Keel discussed the impact oXYGen is going to have in the Sarasota area. “oXYGen’s new branch embraces an evolved concept that focuses on design, service, and people. The oXYGen Financial technology platform builds efficiency and productivity. This will allow our team in Sarasota to focus on our clients and move from a transaction drive culture to a more consultative, hands on approach with clients.”  “We are excited to have Micah and his team join oXYGen Financial,” said Ted Jenkin, CEO and Co-Founder of oXYGen Financial. “We continue to look for talented financial advisors who can help more clients breathe easier® about life. While ...

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The Best Financial Advice I Ever Got

“This is a reprint of an article from the Wall Street Journal, where Ted was featured as a national expert on the best advice he ever got.“ We asked financial experts to tell us the piece of guidance that has made the biggest difference in their lives. There’s no shortage of financial advice out there. But what advice has resonated most with the people in the business of doling out financial advice or teaching finance? What advice did they receive that has changed their lives for the better? Invest 2% of your income in you When we think about investments, we often direct our attention to categories such as stocks, bonds and real estate. What we often don’t think about is our most valuable asset: our ability to earn an income and to make that income grow faster. Almost 20 years ago, I met a successful business owner who gave me a simple lesson: Invest 2% of everything you earn ...

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Expertise names oXYGen Financial as one of the top Financial Advisors serving Atlanta

We Looked at 142 Financial Advisors serving Atlanta and Picked the Top 19 oXYGen Financial oXYGen Financial is a consulting firm in Atlanta that offers sound advice “to the X and Y generations.” The company rose in the aftermath of the 2008 crisis, and it now has more than 2,000 clients throughout the country. oXYGen Financial provides online client access, and its blog features interesting posts, such as “What Happens to My Frequent Flyer Points When I Die?” and “Why You Are Such a ‘Poor’ Millionaire?” The team offers a no-obligation consultation https://www.expertise.com/ga/atlanta/financial-advisors#oXYGenFinancial ...

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What Is A Financial Bubble?

A lot of clients ask me: When is the bubble going to pop? What is the next bubble on the horizon? How do we prepare for the next bubble? My question back to them is always: Do you know what a bubble is and how it works? A bubble, in the financial and economic sense, is a fast rise in an asset’s price followed by a contraction. Bubbles typically happen when the price of an asset is not justified by the asset itself but rather by the over-exuberant behavior of investors. When there are no more investors willing to pay the overinflated price, people panic and sell and the bubble bursts. We have seen countless examples of this over decades of economic events in the United States. Heck, even in the last 15 years we’ve seen multiple bubbles. 2005: An asset bubble occurred in real estate. Hedge fund managers created a huge demand for credit default swaps that insured mortgage-backed ...

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Financial Moves To Make When You Become A Freelancer

Imagine this: You recently lost your job or your job lost you, and now you have decided to take some freelance consulting job to pick up some spare cash. Or, you are finally starting that side hustle you’ve always dreamed of and your Etsy store is about to be up and running. Sound familiar? You fill out a W-9 in order to get paid, and a few weeks later a check comes in the mail made out to you.  You are overwhelmed with excitement because this is the first time no taxes have been taken out of your paycheck and you are feeling flush with cash.  At some point in 2020, you’ll be getting your first 1099’s in the mail, but what should you be doing here in 2019 to make sure your ducks are in a row come tax filing time? The reality is that most of you who earned your first 1099 will likely file Schedule C (sole ...

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Four Financial Moves For Government Workers During The Shutdown

Tesla came out with a big announcement the other week that they were laying off 7% of their workforce.  We never really know when our company is going to do that reorganization, deliver some pink slips, or dust off a set of severance packages to get some people out early from the company.  We can’t always predict when these things are going to happen, but we can certainly prepare by having a financial plan in place. Do you know how much you have in emergency reserves? How much monthly income would you need to survive if you didn’t have a paycheck for 3 months? What is saved up in all of your retirement plans? What are all of the benefits you have access to currently at work? These are just a few of the questions you should be asking now in the event that something happens to your job and it’s no longer there to pay the bills.  With the ...

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