Today, we continue our interview series on overcoming adversity with Mark, who runs the blog The Retirement Spot. Mark lost his younger brother to suicide many years ago. His is a story about how he managed his grief after suicide. I appreciate Mark's transparency in sharing this painful story. Even though it happened over thirty-five years ago, you'll hear from Mark how … [Read more...] about This is a Story of How to Manage Grief After a Brother’s Suicide
In today's post, I want to take a look at a topic we don't hear much about in the media or personal finance bloggers. The theme - tax-efficient investments. I'm not talking about things like IRAs, Roth IRAs, and company retirement plans. These should be an essential part of any investment strategy. Maxing out contributions to as many of these as you qualify for makes sense. … [Read more...] about This is Why Tax-Efficient Investments Are Important
Too much of the advice about personal finance today is biased. Whether it comes from the financial media or from voices representing companies who manufacture products they hope to sell, it's hard to discern the truth. With that in mind, I thought it would be helpful to publish my list of the 25 best personal finance blogs you should follow. Collectively, these blogs cover … [Read more...] about 25 Best Personal Finance Blogs (Why You Should Read)
It seems I'm going through a period lately where things are bothering me. Today, I'm stepping into a hallowed ground by challenging the attitude of some of my fellow personal finance bloggers. I find a subset of them that is incredibly arrogant. For the life of me, I can't understand why. Here's how the story unfolded. Today's post (or rant if you prefer) came as the … [Read more...] about What Gives Personal Finance Bloggers the Right to be Arrogant?
I've been troubled lately watching people interact with their phones. Yes, I said interacting with their phones, not with people. Here's the not so subtle message I'd like to offer - look up from your phone for a minute! I mean, seriously. Have you noticed how we're all tied to our "smartphones" these days? Our heads are buried in them at the office, when we're walking, at a … [Read more...] about Hey people! Look Up from your Phone for a Minute!
Today I'm delighted to introduce Riley Adams who blogs at Young and Invested, as a guest writer. Riley is a senior analyst for an energy company and a CPA. In today's post, you'll learn about eight 2018 tax law changes that help save you from paying unnecessary taxes. As a CPA, Riley has extensive knowledge about taxes. Though he's not practicing, he writes about taxes on … [Read more...] about Eight 2018 Tax Law Changes You Need to Know About
Today, I'm happy to introduce you to my fellow blogger and friend, Robert from Real Money Robert. Yes, he did attempt suicide and overcame alcohol abuse and depression. Trust me. If you think the title gets your attention, wait until you hear Robert's account. It's one heck of a story. The power of the human spirit never ceases to amaze me. Robert's story is an excellent … [Read more...] about This is How to Overcome Attempted Suicide, Alcohol Abuse, and Depression
If you work for a corporation with publicly traded stock, it's likely you own some of that stock in your 401(k) plan. If you do, it's crucial you understand the rules for net unrealized appreciation. What is net unrealized appreciation? It's the unrealized gain accumulated in your company stock while you own it in your plan. Unrealized gain means the amount the stock price … [Read more...] about Why You Need to Know the Rules for Net Unrealized Appreciation
The following is a guest post from my friend and fellow blogger, Andrew at the Wealthy Nickel. I asked Andrew to share his experience on whether to use a professional property manager or do it yourself. Andrew owns several rental properties and has written about that on his blog. Ultimately, it's a decision everyone who owns rental properties must make for themselves. He … [Read more...] about Should I Hire a Professional Property Manager for My Rental Properties or Do It Myself?
In part one of my two-part series on the benefits of yoga, I introduced you to some of the various types of yoga. For those who practice yoga regularly, this may have been nothing more than a refresher. I hope it offered those who have thought about but never tried yoga the motivation to find an entry point that is comfortable. With that foundation in place, I want to share … [Read more...] about The Benefits of Yoga and Why You Should Do It – Part 2