Archive for the ‘On Your Own’ Category

What is a 401(k) and how does it work?

March 29th, 2011 John Evans

When you’re starting out, one of the most important things you can do for your financial future is to start investing in a 401(k) retirement plan. It may seem counterintuitive to start saving for your retirement when you’re at the beginning of your professional life. Nonetheless, if you opt out of this savings opportunity you […]

Spring cleaning – put your financial house in order

March 28th, 2011 Mike Roozeboom

As winter draws to a close, and you file away your forms and schedules at the end of the tax season, it’s a good time to take a closer look at your finances and tidy up where needed. Here’s a checklist of key considerations to help you get started. Lay a balanced investment groundwork* Does […]

How to be an organized financial consumer

January 31st, 2011 Jeff Burkhart

Being an organized financial consumer really boils down to one thing: Take control of your money instead of letting it control you. Although this may seem like a daunting prospect for some people, a few simple strategies can help you streamline your finances and become more organized about household money matters. Have a clear understanding […]

Getting into the savings habit

January 31st, 2011 Barb Finney

Like many things in life, setting money aside as savings is a habit that needs to be developed. It doesn’t take a miracle to save money. But if you want to see your nest egg grow, you need to do what you can to encourage a savings habit – especially as a young adult! We’ve […]

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6 basic rules to financial freedom

January 31st, 2011 Doug Benjamin

Managing your finances can be a confusing and daunting process. But the reality is that mastering money isn’t that difficult. If you stick to a few basic rules and principles you’ll set yourself up for a life of financial freedom. Keep in mind that most of these rules are behavioral in nature, and changing your […]

5 Common Money Mistakes

January 31st, 2011 Barb Finney

In challenging economic times, you can’t afford to play fast and loose with your finances. Minor missteps can add up to thousands of lost dollars over time. Avoid five of the most common money mistakes, and you’ll start adding to your nest egg in no time. Money mistake #1: Living beyond your means This affects […]

Understanding financial terminology

January 25th, 2011 Doug Benjamin

Financial terminology can be confusing and intimidating – especially if you’re just entering the world of finances and investments. To help you get a grip on some of the most common words and phrases, we’ve put together a little cheat sheet for common financial terminology. Accrued Interest – Interest that accumulates over time on a […]

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