Retirement Target Date Funds are rapidly surging in popularity lately. Investors are flocking to this “set it and forget it” retirement tool as an easy way to diversify their portfolio and eliminate the fees of working with a high cost broker.
Over the last 6 months, we’ve reviewed a lot of ways that you can win with money. We’ve discussed debt elimination, investment strategies and how to increase your income. And today, we’re going to review a topic that is important to a lot of people out there. We’re going to chat about how you can have a career you truly love.
In 2014, Gallup reported over 1.3 billion people in the world have a full-time job working for an employer. Those 1.3 billion people (this includes me) work 8 hours per day, 5 days per week and at least 50 weeks per year. We give our lives to our careers. Some of us spend more time with our colleagues than our own families at times.Continue reading “How to Have Your Best Career Today – with Mo Faul”
Lately, I’ve been taking Uber and Lyft to the airport for my work travel. It gives me 40 free minutes to relax, work or have random conversations with the drivers. One recent chat with a Lyft driver reminded me that loaning family money can cause more harm than good.
A few days ago, I pulled up the tax detail on my paycheck to see how much I was paying to Uncle Sam. Since I don’t get paper checks anymore as it’s all electronic through my job, I tend to forget how much of my hard-earned money is going to the government.
When my daughter Zoey was born we met with a financial advisor to discuss her future college needs. He advised us that for Zoey to attend an in-state college like Michigan State University, we’d be looking at a price tag of about $200,000. 4 years of college would cost us $200,000!
Since then, we’ve been diligently saving in our state sponsored 529 plan through low-cost index funds. But honestly we don’t feel like there is any way we’re going to be able to save that much money by the time she’s 18. And quite frankly, Nicole and I want to make sure we’re set for our retirement before Zoey and Calvin get a free ride to college. Sorry kids!Continue reading “How to Get $126,000 in College Scholarships – with Jocelyn Paonita”
When our daughter Zoey was born, we purchased a boatload of baby products. Some of those items were extremely helpful and others not so much. Quite honestly, we were new parents and had no clue what we were doing, but we definitely learned quickly.
Mortgages. Electric bills. Unexpected repairs. Owning a home can be quite expensive. Every day it seems like there is a new bill to pay or something to fix. Didn’t someone tell us owning a home was a great investment at one point in our lives? We are spending so much to maintain this “asset” that sometimes it doesn’t feel like it’s worth it.
I’d like to flip the typical script on costly home ownership and talk about ways that this asset of ours can make US some money.
Lately, the shows and interviews I’ve been doing have been focusing on decreasing your expenses and increasing your income. When we make improvement in these two areas, it’ll allow us to become experts in increasing our net worth and our opportunities for financial independence. Today, we’re diving into increasing your income through real estate.
I had a chance to speak with an expert real estate investor named Mark Ferguson the other day. Mark currently owns 14 rental properties that provide him with $7,000 per month in passive income. He’s also spent the last decade and a half flipping over 120 houses and selling over 1,000 homes as a real estate agent. He now manages a team of 10 that focus on growing and maintaining the overall real estate portfolio.Continue reading “How to Make $7k Per Month Investing in Real Estate – with Mark Ferguson”
Will this winter ever end?!
I don’t know why I’m surprised at how long this winter has lasted. I’ve lived in Michigan for over 25 years now. You think I’d be used to it. This is just the time of year I go a little stir crazy!
The commitments Nicole and I made to each early on in our marriage have helped us to remain a strong, supportive and loving couple. One of those difficult decisions was whether or not we should combine our finances together when we got married. We figured that if honesty and teamwork were the pillars that hold up a strong relationship, joining our bank accounts and declaring it’s not “my money” and “your money” anymore was a great place to start.