Three Financial Moves To Make When You Get Promoted

There are few things in life that deserve a glass of champagne more than a well-earned promotion.  After years of blood, sweat, and tears, your company has finally recognized your efforts and decided to move you into a more meaningful role within your company.  Sometimes, only title are associated with these promotions, but more often than not there will be financial rewards as well.   This is exactly your time to fall into the lifestyle inflation trap and make some really smart financial moves that will pay dividends down the road. The Pay Raise– Generally, a new promotion will also mean more responsibility which often equals more pay.  If your salary jumps by $10,000 or even $50,000 dollars this will mean a significant bump in your cash flow for your family.   What should you do with this money?  Is it best to add to your 401(k)?  Start paying down the mortgage?  Or time to purchase that new vacation home?   With pay ...

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I Just Want To Be In Charge Of Me

Like most people fresh out of college, I dreamed of landing a job with a Fortune 500 company. Most of us wanted to get a good company on our resume so we could begin building our careers. The thought of working your way up the ladder was truly exciting, and when you met your first big boss with the cushy corner office it got you motivated even more to work harder for your dreams. Many of these big companies flashed fancy trips, stock options, and powerful titles at you. In return, you follow the bouncing ball and drink whatever Elixir the powers at be were serving for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So what’s this movement we are beginning to see here in the United States? Is it the loner movement? Is it a trend of more people that want to work in their pajamas at home? Is this a monumental shift in the course of time that your friend isn’t ...

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Entrepreneur Series – Lesson 5 – You Must Hire Professional Consultants

Since many new entrepreneurial ventures are often started on a shoestring budget, where you spend your financial resources can be a prickly situation. Far too often, I see new business owners who in some sense are really penny wise but pound foolish as the old adage goes. When is the right time to get yourself legal help? Do you really need an outside person to do your books or can you do it yourself? Does it merit having a financial person talk to about entity planning and business structure? Can’t you just figure this stuff out yourself? Even with many years of corporate experience, I faced these same questions when I opened my business. The costs for some of these professional feels like a waste of money when you need those precious resources for things like marketing, staffing, and technology. However, I will tell you that a big mistake in any of the areas below can be a brutal blow ...

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Will You Lose Your Home Mortgage Deduction In 2013?

Last Friday, I spent a chunk of my day at the Georgia Regional Financial Planning Association conference. I was a panelist at the event, but one of the reasons I attended was to see a friend of mine Michael Kitces speak on all of the tax law changes here in 2013. He is one of the best tax management advisors that I know of in the industry. As I have shared before in my blogs, tax management will be as important if not more important than asset management over the next decade. With all of the recent fiscal cliff changes, the tax law has become even more complicated and requires a close eye here in 2013 when income to tracking your gross income, capital gain sales, and potentially triggering out things like stock options or selling a piece of rental real estate. One of the main questions taxpayers will face this this year is whether or not their home mortgage ...

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The Biggest Stock Option Mistake You Can Make

I worked for a Fortune 100 company for over 15 years.   When you rise through the ranks of management at a large company, they generally stop talking to you about salary and instead use the work Total Economic Package (or Total Compensation Package).   The reason they do this is that you begin to receive something each year called Long Term Incentive Awards.    These can come in the form of stock options, performance unites, restricted stock, or incentive type stock options. Since executives and their families are whisked away today from city to city taking over new divisions and territories, it’s quite possible that someone who works for a Fortune 500 company will get stock options in different states.    What most people don’t think about is how these stock options may be taxed, and it can potentially cost you thousands of dollars in back taxes if you don’t do your calculations correctly. Types Of Stock Options The three main types of ...

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Are My Withholdings For Taxes Correct?

Since tax season has just passed, you are probably in one of two states of minds.   Either a) you love your CPA because you got a big refund, or b) you hate your CPA because you owed money.   It generally falls into one of those two camps when returns are filed.   Remember, if you get a tax refund that means you essentially gave an interest free loan to the Government.    Some people see this as an effective way to force savings during the year, but you really lose out on the opportunity cost of having these resources in your hands during the course of the year. As of April 27, the Internal Revenue Service had authorized more than 99.1 million refunds for the 2011 tax year—up about 1% a year earlier. It also represents more than three-fourths of all the individual income-tax returns processed by the IRS by that date. The total dollar amount of refunds this year was about ...

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Personal Finance 101 – Running Your Family Profit and Loss Statement

For three years now, we have been teaching individuals and families to begin thinking about their family finances like they were running a business. We know that in every business the two major dashboards are the balance sheet and the income statement.   These two metrics over time develop a real sense of the stability of any company, and those factors will ultimately be a large determinant of the value of the business.  Running your family income statement efficiently (or profit and loss statement) will be the main factor in your long terms success or failure in helping create your own financial security. The next few weeks of articles will help shape some context on how to develop a framework of success running your family profit and loss statement. The balance sheet is simply everything you own versus everything you owe or what some people call your net worth.  This includes assets like real estate, collectibles, furnishings, and all of your ...

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The Lifestyles Of The Rich and Famous

I hoped the title of this article would grab your attention because it is really about you and your neighbors.    This article is about you and your friends from college.    It is about you and your family members.   It is about time that we all say enough is enough and drop that front we are all putting up about how we can keep up with the rich and famous.  That we can keep up with what our neighbor’s are doing with these lavish kitchens, movie rooms, and fancy backyards.   That we can match everything that all of our college friends are doing financially.    The modern day rich and famous have led many people in mainstream America down the path of struggling and not so famous.   Yet, we hide behind our egos just to make sure nobody knows the real situation. I get the luxury of seeing hundreds of financial cases every year which is why I wanted to write this ...

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