Category Archives: Personal Finance

Ask Linda: We’re Getting Divorced. Now what?

Dear Linda, My spouse and I recently decided to get a divorce. What should we expect with regards to the divorce process and its financial implications? I am particularly concerned about how my retirement plan will be affected.  Separated Sam Dear Sam, We outlined the most common ways to obtain a divorce below, including the estimated price for each process. While this is not meant to replace your own due diligence, it should help you get started. Here are theRead More

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We’re “Official.” Now What?

Dear Alicia, We’re getting married soon and are wondering if there are any particular financial steps we should take once we’re “official?” -Ned and Nancy the Newlyweds Congrats Ned and Nancy! Getting married is an exciting and hectic time. Here are the financial steps you should be taking once you are “official.” Goals Start by discussing your financial goals now and in the future. Do you want to buy a home, start planning for a baby, or create an emergencyRead More

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Credit Lock v.s. Freeze. Don’t Get Fooled.

Dear Alicia,  I have been following your newsletter telling me that credit freezes will now be free. The other day I was watching television and saw an advertisement for Experian’s Credit Lock Services. Should I sign up for that instead of the freeze? It sounds exactly the same to me. Thanks, Credit Craig Dear Craig, Great question! A credit freeze and a credit lock are two separate services. They are very similar but do have distinct differences. Credit Lock: InstantRead More

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Can’t get yourself FIREd? You can still have a LIFE.

FIRE stands for financially independent, retire early. The movement continues to grow, with retirees in their 20’s through 40’s. It has caught on because it is unexpected – we don’t picture retirees being so young. Yet it is entirely possible and there is an ever-growing number of blogs and books that prove it. The typical profile of someone who has achieved FIRE: Graduated from college with very little or no student loan debt Earned $100,000+ per year with benefits SavedRead More

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Ask Linda: I moved to consulting status – now what?

Dear Linda, I recently transitioned from being a salaried employee to a self-employed consultant. I like the flexibility but realize that I have more responsibility with regards to my finances. For example, I was previously enrolled in my employer’s 401k plan and now I am not sure how to save for retirement. I am also confused about taxes – my employer withheld money from each paycheck but no taxes are being withheld when clients pay me. And people keep sayingRead More

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How to Recognize a Ponzi Scheme

A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment. The organizers of the scheme do not invest your money in something with intrinsic value. Instead, they pay you a “return” with the contributions of new investors. Ponzi schemes received their name in the 1920’s after Charles Ponzi was convicted of running this type of business. Despite all the knowledge we have of previous Ponzi schemes, they continue to defraud people from all walks of life. We are even seeing a new waveRead More

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