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Plan the Life You Want.

As is often quoted, the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray. But, that is not an excuse not to plan. Planning is all about the things you can control, and at the same time being aware of economic, social, and business trends that will affect you and your family.


Many trends sneak up on us if we do not keep up with the news both in general and in business. Even if we are not involved in a business directly, business trends have an effect on everyone's lives. For example, automation that will extend into our every day lives and will likely affect the way we live and work.

The best way to keep up with trends is to read reputable newspapers and magazines which should include career related trade journals. You can also find blogs online that discuss subjects in your field.


Feb 5, 2018
Ask Larry: ​​​​​​Will Going Back To Work End My Benefits?
by Laurence Kotlikoff, Contributor
Today’s column examines when spousal benefits can become available, taking spousal benefits before retirement benefits, sequencing benefits for married couples or after a divorce and when it might be best to switch from a survivor's benefit to a retirement benefit.
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Jan 26, 2018
Go Back To Work Or Stay Home With The Baby? Part 1: The Financials
Liz Frazier Peck
New parents are faced with countless decisions. Most are joyful and exciting, such as names and nursery colors. However all new parents also grapple with one major question: Should one of us stay home with the baby? Some sadly don't have a choice; there is no possibility of foregoing an income. For others it is not a tough decision; they love to work and want to continue full time.

However many parents struggle with this choice. Although not just a financial decision, the first step is to determine if it's financially feasible. Obviously working provides income. If you stop working, you lose that income. More info...

Jan 26, 2018
Go Back To Work Or Stay Home With The Baby? Part 2: How To Do Both
Liz Frazier Peck ,
I'm a stay at home mom with two wild and crazy toddlers. Being a mother, home raising my children is the joy of my life. I'm also a financial planner and writer. My career is a part of who I am, and I love what I do. Like a lot of women, I want both. So this article series is close to my heart. Part 1 focused on evaluating your financials to decide if it's possible to forego your income in order to stay home with your child. Part 2 is for those parents who plan to stay home with their child, but still want (or need) to work. More info...

Jan 19, 2018
Consumer Watch: Good personal finance skills no matter your income
by Mireya Garcia
Having good personal finance doesn't mean you have to make a lot of money. One of the most common complaints Fox 25 Consumer Watch hears is that people feel they cannot save money because they do not earn enough. Though many families are living pay check to pay check, there are some small and big changes you can make to build your savings no matter your financial situation.
Setting a budget is always going to be point number one. More info...

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