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How to Protect Your Finances While Traveling On Vacation

Vacation season is almost upon us and, for many Americans who haven’t traveled abroad in several years, their vacations have been years in planning. However, even the best laid plans can quickly come unraveled if you don’t take some extra measures to ensure that your finances are protected before you leave on your trip.

#CLEARNEWS - Busting Loose!

The three stories of the Elephant, the Flea, and the Barracuda carry the same moral (if you haven’t read these visit our blog and read the ‘Busting Loose” series). Very often, the only thing that hold a person back are “imaginary” obstacles. We’ve sometimes been trained and conditioned to limit our own potential.

Game of Life: Financial Planning At Every Age

If you’ve ever played the Game of Life board game, it becomes clear that compressed into the colorful path there are various stages of life. Each stage holds its own major financial challenges as well as prospective profits in addition to surprises (new baby!) and forks in the road.

Smart Taxes: Roth IRA

Without fail as Tax Day approaches every year, the mind whirls while you check boxes and fill in numbers about everything you could have, should have, would have done to save more money on taxes. Could you have saved more? Invested better? Been smarter at charitable giving? Probably.

Retained Life Estate: Open the Door to Tax Charitable Deductions

A home is a place to rest your head, to create memories, and to cook dinner. It’s where your pets are—your family. What people most often forget about their home is that it’s also your most valuable financial asset. And, if one of your financial goals includes a testamentary gift to charity, while also receiving substantive income tax deductions, this asset is important.

Paws and Effect - The annual cost of pet ownership and how to reduce costs

There’s a good reason there’s an estimated 74 to 96 million owned cats and 70 to 80 million dogs in the U.S. With wagging tails, slobbery kisses, and little whiskers that make for adorable Instagrams, pets give us that warm, cuddly feeling inside. They are part of our families and some of our best friends.

Beneficiary Benefits—Keeping Designees Updated Matters Big Time

The term beneficiary crops up every now and again. Usually you’ll see it on an insurance form or hear about it in relation to a will, but despite the nonchalance we toss the term around with, beneficiaries are incredibly important. Let’s break down the details on how and why beneficiaries matter.

#CLEARNEWS - Busting Loose!

We are almost finished with our stories of unlikely animals which fail to identify the chains that are holding them back from achieving the potential they were born to do.

Making Money in Real Estate: Pitfalls to Prepare For

Ask anyone and even if they don’t know a thing about investing they’ll say, “oh, real estate is a great investment!” Well, it can be if you approach it in a smart way that works for you and your financial situation.

Video: Green Energy as an Investment Strategy

Green, clean energy has reached new heights in North America. There are more hybrids than ever on the streets, wind turbines out above the cornfields, solar panels on roofs, and even that new convenience store down the street is LEED certified. It’s not a trend; it’s a shift away from fossil fuels—oil, coal, and natural gas.

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