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What to Discuss With Your Potential Financial Advisor– Part 3

 By Gary Silverman We continue the series on how to find a financial advisor. Today we’ll whittle down your list. You’ve found an advisor or three who look like they might be a good fit for you…but how do you know? First, I’d schedule a meeting. Most financial planners and advisors will offer a free introductory meeting so that you can kick their tires and they can see if you’re …Read More

‘Innocent Spouse Relief’ Protects Against Tax Fraud

By Jason Alderman I’ll wager that when most brides and grooms utter the phrase, “For better or for worse,” the “worse” they’re imagining probably involves situations like getting laid off or a prolonged family illness – not being the victim of tax fraud perpetrated by a current or former spouse. Married couples typically file joint tax returns because it lets them take advantage of certain tax credits and other benefits …Read More

Choosing a Financial Advisor – Part 2

 By Gary Silverman Investment advisor, financial planner, financial advisor, stockbroker, registered investment advisor, insurance agent, retirement planning specialist, personal financial specialist…what the heck do all these mean and what do they all do? Heck if I know. You see, some of the designations above require specific licenses, some infer a certain level of expertise, and some don’t have any requirements to them at all. Instead of going through a very …Read More

Our Dependency on Technology Often Results in Financial Budget-Busting

By Morgan Gee, Certified Credit Counselor Note: Prior to reading this article it may be important for the reader to know that my cell phone doesn’t take pictures, I do not text and I am seriously considering cancelling my cable satellite because of a $2 a month tax increase. For what some people consider a routine cell phone bill I consider a decent car payment. I recently counseled a single …Read More

Teaching Your Children The Value Of Money

The NFCC’s 2011 Financial Literacy Survey found that 42% of adults garnered most of their personal finance knowledge from their parents. Only about 1 in 10 adults learned about this subject at school or from a financial professional.  It is now more important than ever to make sure your children understand the basic concepts of financial awareness. The following steps can help arm children with smart financial skills that can …Read More

ABCs Of Obtaining Credit For College Grads

Recent college graduates are undoubtedly anxious to get on with their lives and do very grown-up things such as enter the workforce, buy a car and upgrade from dorm life to a nice apartment. The reality is that it’s going to take credit to achieve many of their dreams, and if they’ve not established credit while in school, now is the time to start. “Today’s graduate will be attempting to …Read More

Make Sure Your Financial House Is In Order

Yesterday over 100,000 Americans went online to watch President Obama answer live questions from Twitter users for the first “Twitter Town Hall.” For an hour, he answered questions from consumers about the economy. According to the White House, most of the questions concerned jobs (23%), the budget (18%) and taxes (11%). It seems that Americans are concerned about getting the budget back under control, and much like the national budget, …Read More

The Assurance Of Having Insurance

Today, you can get insurance on almost every purchase you make. Besides the traditional, such as auto, home and life insurance, you can also insure your computer, MP3 player, jewelry and works of art. Celebrities have even gone as far as to insure particular body parts: Bruce Springsteen’s voice is insured for $6 million dollars, and NFL quarterback Peyton Manning reportedly insured his right arm. But when it come down to …Read More

The NFCC’s Crash Course On College Credit

For incoming freshmen, college means one thing: freedom. It also is usually a person’s first experience with credit cards. According to a recent study by Student Monitor, nearly two-thirds of college undergraduates acquire their first credit card before age 19. Eighty-seven percent of those are freshmen. While college is full of exciting and new adventures, the NFCC wants to remind college freshmen that these years are critical to one’s financial …Read More

The Importance Of Creating A Budget

Living without a savings account is tantamount to a trapeze artist flying without a safety net. But in our economy, many people wonder where they can find the money to save. Creating a budget is crucial to being in control of your finances because it is a simple way to monitor your expenses. However, our 2011 Financial Literacy Survey showed that just over 2 in 5 U.S. adults have a …Read More