Archive for November 2010

Missed Black Friday? Let's Talk Cyber Monday Deals 2010 on Fox Radio Tour

Missed Black Friday? Let's Talk Cyber Monday Deals 2010 on Fox Radio Tour
UPDATE!  Here’s a clip from the Bruce Kelly Show in Fargo, ND on the Fox News Radio Network: Listen to internet radio with Money Smart Show on Blog Talk Radio Today begins, Cyber Week and if you are like me, welcome my Cyber Monday 2010 as my online Black Friday.  Standing, shivering in line enduring... Read more »

Women, Money and Power Study Rings Financial Awakening Throughout 2010

Women, Money and Power Study Rings Financial Awakening Throughout 2010
Attention ladies! Did you know that by 2010, 60% of all wealth in this country is shifting into the control of women?  You have an evolving role in society and the economy. Did you also know 90% of you wonderful ladies, 90% of you will be solely responsible for the finances at some point in... Read more »

Jay-Z on CNN: From Baller to the Boardroom

Jay-Z on CNN: From Baller to the Boardroom
Mad props to one of my favorite icons in hip-hop and business mogul…Jay-Z!  I have been influenced a lot more from him that just his music.  I admit, I may even have a few RocaWear shirts and jeans in my wardrobe. Fact is, taking what you love to do, what comes natural to you can... Read more »
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Finding a Voice - The Invested Life Season 1 Episode 1

Finding a Voice - The Invested Life Season 1 Episode 1
For the first time as a financial coach, I have an opera singer as a new client. Tom Forde is a University of Illinois grad and from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. My biggest concern while getting to know him while strolling through Millennium Park was protecting his #1 asset, which is his voice.  His... Read more »

How Improving Personal Credit Helps a Homeowner's Retirement Plan

How Improving Personal Credit Helps a Homeowner's Retirement Plan
You hear about the “lowest mortgage interest rates since 1939″ in the media, billboards and newspapers.  If you own a home, refinancing your can free up monthly cash flow to pay off consumer debt or save towards your kid’s college and retirement plan.  Why should the bank be the beneficiary of not being able to... Read more »

3 Ways Bad Personal Credit Can Affect Your Daily Life

3 Ways Bad Personal Credit Can Affect Your Daily Life
What is going on in your bank account is a function of your energyWhat is going on in your wallet is a function of your consciousnessWhat is going on in your financial affairs is a function of your expectationsWhat is going on in your credit report is a function of your ATTITUDE           ... Read more »
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What Expiring Bush-Era Federal Tax Cuts Mean to Your Wallet

What Expiring Bush-Era Federal Tax Cuts Mean to Your Wallet
While flipping between college football games, Chicago Bears updates and the Manny Pacquiao fight, nothing was more prevailing on the news this weekend than the discussion of the expiring Bush-Era tax cuts at the end of 2010.  What we are facing within the next 6 weeks is the beginning of one of the largest tax... Read more »

Meet Tom Forde: My Client for Season One of The Invested Life

Meet Tom Forde: My Client for Season One of The Invested Life
Can you really make a living, singing? Well, Tom Forde is doing just that as he begins a fifteen month journey from Chicago, to Santa Fe, then overseas to Zurich, Switzerland as an opera singer. In addition to being 27 years old, he does have a different career path and financial income scenario as compared... Read more »

Semper Fi Leathernecks - Happy 235th Marine Corps Birthday!

Semper Fi Leathernecks - Happy 235th Marine Corps Birthday!
During my senior year at Morton West High School in the Berwyn/Cicero area, I hadn’t decided what to do after graduation until halfway through the basketball season.  I took a breath, grabbed a pen and asked my mom to allow me to enlist in the United States Marine Corp!  After spending eight years on active... Read more »
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Using a Self-Directed IRA to Invest in Chicago Real Estate

Using a Self-Directed IRA to Invest in Chicago Real Estate
Fed up with the ups and downs of the stock market, people today are looking for solutions to take better control of their retirement savings. A little-known but powerful financial strategy is utilizing a self-directed IRA. Often times, investment advisers and financial planners only discuss stocks, bonds and mutual funds for retirement planning options.  But... Read more »