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#1 Investment You Can Make In Any Season

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What is one of the most profound things you can do before you decide to invest your hard earned money and precious time in anything?  There are no shortcuts to success.  There is no fast path to getting what you want without regret and heartache along the way. The biggest thing you can do is... Read more »

Winning the Money Game - The Invested Life Season 2 Episode 3

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In this episode, I draw an analogy of winning the money game with my favorite sport…football!  I explain that in order to win the money game, you have to think of your financial strategies like building a championship football team. With Tom’s current investments in real estate, I make an analogy that this is like... Read more »

Financial Field Trip - The Invested Life Season 2 Episode 2

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In the last episode, Tom admitted his fear of re-engaging in investing.  After all, who wouldn’t be afraid of the stock market after losing $500k in a day? (Or worse, telling everyone of your friends that the stock market is bad, bad, bad!) In this episode, Tom faces his fear head-on.  This time though, he... Read more »
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Life Insurance: You Don't Have to Die Anymore to Benefit

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Do you have to die to reap a return on your life insurance policy?  If you do have a life insurance policy, do you think you are worth more today, dead than alive? Well, I’m not sure how your family would appreciate the answer to the last one but in today’s modern economy, life insurance... Read more »

Retiring Overseas - More to Just Stretching Your Dollar

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Many  Americans are considering retiring outside the United States. The Social Security Administration has reported that the number of retired Americans receiving benefits overseas has soared 32% since 2002. After all, even with a weak economy, the American dollar can stretch much further in a foreign land coupled with an extravagant lifestyle that can cost... Read more »

Life Insurance: Also An Alternative for Your Safe Money

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Do you realize that a possible safe haven for your serious money, may be found in the life insurance industry?  Have your heard people saying, “I know I need to save and invest…but I just don’t want to LOSE anything!” In this video, shot at the studios of Chicago’s WIND 560 AM, I review the... Read more »
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3 Things I Taught Marines About Money Over the 9/11 Weekend

3 Things I Taught Marines About Money Over the 9/11 Weekend
Like many of us, I recall exactly where I was at and what I was doing when the events of 9/11 hit America.  Since then, I’ve always wanted find a way to give back to the military especially during this time where it marks our generation with change, self-responsibility and renewed patriotism. This year, friends... Read more »

Mistakes of Celebs and Athletes Going Broke: Lessons We Can Apply

Mistakes of Celebs and Athletes Going Broke: Lessons We Can Apply
Do you feel sorry for celebrities and athletes who get the fame, spotlight and money thrown at them…and eventually go broke?  Well, boo-hoo. During the Kyles Files segment on last night’s WGN TV 5pm news, Kyra Kyles unveils some celebs that you never thought would be in deep financial distress.  Namely, R. Kelly, Nicholas Cage... Read more »

Mother's Day, Baby Boomers & What it Means for Us Today

In honor of Mom (and Dad too), read along with me about life in 20 years.   It’s a crisp winter morning in Chicago.  Your wife is just getting home from working at the all night diner a few miles away and now it’s her turn to watch the kids and get them ready for... Read more »
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Taking Stock - My Personal Financial Awakening

I absolutely love birthdays, New Year’s, and Easter.  These days represent more than a holiday, but an opportunity to reflect on your life and ask some meaningful questions.  Aside from celebrating Easter this past weekend, this week represents a month long reflection of my turning a year shy of 40.  On these occasions, I always... Read more »
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