Life insurance should be a consideration in your overall personal finance plan

If you think of life insurance as a useless postmortem payday, consider these “pro” arguments. On the short list of things we don’t talk about in polite company, death and money rank pretty high. Perhaps that’s why life insurance, which involves both, doesn’t typically make for lively cocktail-party banter. If you’re among the 60 percent… Read More


Exactly what is inflation? It’s a word we hear often and usually in a negative economical context. Simply put, inflation is an increase in the cost of goods and services. While no one likes to pay more for something, a low inflation rate (about 2%) is generally a sign of a healthy economy. While it’s… Read More


How can a different mindset actually make me smarter financially? By observation. Yes, that’s right, it’s that simple. By observing your mindset, you create the potential for change. Maybe you’ve heard this before in Quantum Theory. If you haven’t, here it is in a nutshell: electrons behave differently  when they are observed (Observation Affects Reality)!… Read More


They’re doing okay, but they still face big challenges. Here are 6 tips for talking to your kids about saving! Fact: Kids today have inherited a very different world than the one their parents grew up in—whether we came of age in the 1960s, ’70s or ’80s. Fact: Despite their progressive social attitudes, Millennials (generally… Read More


Whether you’re saving for retirement, a wedding or even just a holiday, saving can be difficult. Half the time we’re fighting with the temptation to spend our hard earned cash on new clothes, tech or going out, and the other half the time we’re spending money fixing things that have gone wrong; the car, the… Read More


The beginning of the year is always a time of goals and resolutions. Everyone is brimming with endless possibilities, hoping to start afresh and make the most of the clean slate set before them. The euphoria of a new year usually has most people feeling that everything is possible and this year can be different… Read More


Think that rock-bottom, factory-closeout price is a great deal? Think again. If you learned to speak Minnesotan from Garrison Keillor on his iconic radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion,” you might know the difference between “not a bad deal” and “a heckuva deal.” But for the large swath of the population who don’t speak Minnesotan,… Read More