Monthly Archives: June 2015

401k Maxed Out…What About Alternative Investments?

In 2015, the US government increased the 401k contribution amount to $18,000/year (up from $17,500). High earners often find that they can easily reach this contribution amount quickly. The next common investment tool is a Roth IRA which allows an … Continue reading

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When is a Reverse Mortgage a Good Option?

Getting cash out of your home through a reverse mortgage is costly. For some, the solution might be turning to a family member with significant financial means using a private reverse mortgage, instead of a lending institution. While it is … Continue reading

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The Next Bailout

It has been five years since the newspapers exploded with stories of the Greek debt crisis, which, we were told, threatened the very existence of the Eurozone. Eventually, a variety of bailout packages were negotiated, and things seemed to return … Continue reading

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The Harm in Financial Journalism

In most areas of our lives, the more information you get, and the more up-to-the-minute it is, the better we can do business and make astute decisions. It is interesting that investing is one area where the opposite is true. … Continue reading

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What’s Next for Oil Prices?

Last year, the big news in the U.S. economy was the dramatic fall in Brent crude oil prices, from just under $110 a barrel last July to something less than $45 a barrel in mid-March. (See chart) Since then, oil … Continue reading

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Is this the right time to go off the grid?

The world is buzzing about the latest innovation by Elon Musk, founder of the Tesla battery-powered cars. Soon you’ll be able to hang a 220-pound battery on the wall of your garage, hook it up to solar panels, and cut … Continue reading

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Advice to grow by

In case you were looking for interesting (and possibly life-changing) bits of advice, a website called Raptitude (subhead: “Getting better at being human”) is offering 67 different ideas on better ways to live. The list includes interesting fusions of practical … Continue reading

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