6 Things You Must Address When Hiring a Friend or Family Member

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We love doing business with people we trust, and our family and friends are the people we tend to trust the most. When it comes to doing business, particularly if it is work that is sensitive and requires a high degree of trust, it makes sense that we would gravitate toward a family member, a personal friend, or a referral … Read More

10 Easy Budget-Friendly Home Improvements

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Springtime is a wonderful season where millions of Americans spend money to make their home a better place to be. Whether that’s cleaning things up in anticipation of selling it, or just making home more enjoyable, rent or own, home improvement spending may exceed $400 billion this year. Making home improvements without breaking the bank is an art form. Here’s … Read More

The Ins and Outs of Health Savings Accounts

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Our health and the cost of healthcare are some of the greatest risks to building and maintaining wealth in this generation. Medical debt accounts for more bankruptcies than any other financial event. Moreover, according to recent data from the Social Security Administration, a married couple has a greater than 50% chance of at least one partner living until age 90. … Read More

2018 Happened. 4 Ideas on Where We Go From Here

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The economy continues to make substantial strides as consumer confidence and manufacturing grow in step. The House of Representatives flipped 40 seats to the Democrats along with a bevy of state governorships. Consistent policies of tightening interest rates are acted upon globally, led by our own Federal Reserve. Tariff talks have jostled stocks more than landing into O’Hare on a … Read More

Your Holiday Emergency Preparedness Plan

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  Every year, millions of Americans prepare to celebrate the holidays with their families. From decorating our homes to preparing delicious food, making sure travel plans are solid and that everyone’s gifts are covered, we want to make sure everyone has a happy holiday season. And then January comes. And perhaps the bill that is associated with all that “cheer” … Read More

How Often Should I Look?

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It’s a lot more fun to peek through holes at this age . . .  The 24-hour news cycle, compounded by social media, can be intimidating and draining. Short of entirely pulling the plug, it is incredibly difficult to avoid being bombarded by news. The headlines are designed to get you to click, and it can be hard to avoid … Read More