With our country transforming from a job economy into an entrepreneurial economy, Michael Simmons CEO and Co-Founder of Empact , guest blogs for us today on his insight on how this change will impact the world. I had the pleasure of meeting him a few years ago at a US Chamber of Commerce meeting here... Read more »
Congress permanently extended the Bush income tax cuts at $400,000 and below, kept the estate tax threshold at $5 million and extend unemployment benefits for one year. The frustrating part about the past couple years is Congress inability to get things done in a timely manner…keeping those on top of their money game waiting for... Read more »
Why devote a month to life insurance awareness? As a single father raising kids in Chicago, I've got big plans ahead in my life. As someone who has dedicated the past 12 years to learning how to win the money game, how I view life insurance has changed since I paid $20 per month for $200,000 of Serviceman's Group Life Insurance (SGLI) while serving in the US Marines...
According to research from the Life Foundation, over 58 million households lack one of the most important types of insurance you can have – LIFE INSURANCE. Especially during tough financial times, one of the first things that get eliminated from a monthly budget are items that are viewed as “expenses”. One of my buddies, personal... Read more »
How would you respond if you received an email inviting you to Washington DC for a special lunch with Hilliary Clinton and the President of the Philippines? I thought I was getting PUNK’D flying to DC and getting pitched to invest in Nigerian gold. When I arrived, it was all pomp and circumstance and finding... Read more »
How much will you need to help your kid through college by the time they graduate high school? During this summer, I've been asked quite frequently from friends and attendees to our workshops on how to plan for college, especially in tough times. It prompted me to dig into my video archives for a segment I did on WGN Morning News of getting cash for college...
Have you ever had the urge to buy something you KNOW you just don’t need? Then you look back and rethink what you have bought throughout the years and ask yourself, “Why did I need that?” One of the things I love about being a financial coach is hearing and learning through stories of how... Read more »
If you haven’t done so already, here’s some last minute tax tips I shared this morning on WCIU’s “You and Me This Morning Show” to help you file your income tax return before Tax Day on April 16th, 2012! 1. File an Extension if You Need More Time - Form 4868 Provides for 6-month extension... Read more »
As the swirl of families gets together this weekend, the Easter Bunny is not immune from getting an invitation to church. So you’ve heard the story about “The Last Supper”…what about “The First Breakfast?” For my rookie acting debut (LOL!), I get to act in City Church Chicago’s church ministry “feature film” in playing a... Read more »