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HGTV stars Drew and Jonathan Scott Show How to Redecorate That Empty Nest

When my kids went off to college, I reveled in having my home back to myself again. One of the first things I did was repaint and redecorate the kids’ rooms to make up for years of wear and tear. Of course, like many other kids, mine boomeranged back home again, but we all still […]

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Millennials Head To The ‘Burbs

Much like their parents did years ago, millennials are starting to head to the ‘burbs in a rush to buy homes, start families and put down roots. “Americans aged about 18 to 34 have become the largest group of homebuyers, and almost half live in the suburbs,” according to Zillow Group data cited in a […]

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Remembering Our Fathers

I lost my dad seventeen years ago (that’s him, at left in the photo, with my uncle in the 1930s). Take time out today to treasure every moment of life, family and friends.

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Making A Difficult Process Easier

Some of your family, friends or neighbors may be going through a divorce. Heck, you may be divorced yourself. Many people are. About half of all marriages in the U.S. end in divorce. Going through a separation or divorce can be very difficult. It’s not unusual to feel sad, angry, frustrated, stressed or confused. Most people need […]

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Smart Gifts, Bright Start For New Grads

A devoted grandfather recently wrote to journalist Kim Lankford of Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine asking for advice on choosing the perfect, and generous, gift for his granddaughter as she graduates from college. His goal?  To help her build a solid base for her financial future. Kim brought us into the conversation, so we suggested helping the granddaughter fund […]

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What’s Wrong With Washington? Gridlock, Partisanship & Fake News

Historian, book author and professor Dr. Robert Watson of Boca’s Lynn University stole the show at the 37th annual conference of the South Florida Financial Planning Association (FPA). His dynamic presentation on dueling, name-calling and all-round bad behavior in Washington made him the undisputed ROCKSTAR of the event, helping to give the 100+ financial planners in attendance […]

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5 Tips To Deal With A Coming Correction

The stock market has enjoyed a pretty steady climb upwards since the November election. Could that calm soon be coming to an end? If so, it’s a good time to brush up on market corrections and how you can take volatile and hostile markets in stride. 1).  Just what is a correction?  A correction is […]

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Smart Start To The New Year: 6 Questions To See If You’re Financially Fit

Six questions. That’s all it takes to see if you’re financially fit. “There is a short financial checkup that effectively predicts the key components of financial health,” says Annamaria Lusardi, one of the world’s foremost experts in financial literacy, and Director of The Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center at George Washington University. You can take the […]

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5 Ways Money Can Help Buy Happiness

Maybe money can’t guarantee happiness, but academic research does seem to show that having “enough” of the green stuff can give people a feeling of well-being. And more importantly, knowing how to spend money the right way can boost your happiness quotient. Here’s 5 tried-and-true ways to spread more happiness around: Do unto others. Giving away money […]

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Parents, Don’t Even THINK Of Paying For College Until You’ve Done This First!

Know how they tell you in the airplane that, if there’s an emergency, you should put on your own oxygen mask first before helping others? The same principle applies to personal finance. There’s a definite hierarchy you should follow when you strategize on how to reach your – and your family’s – financial goals. As much as we […]

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