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Propel Your Wealth: What to Do When You Lose Your Wallet

lost wallet on a bench

Last week I had a friend come up to me in an absolute panic. She had lost her wallet. After walking her through what she needed to do, I decided I should memorialize the steps for anyone this may help going forward.

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Propel Your Wealth: New Year's Resolution - Going on a Financial Diet and How to Sustain It

woman writing goals on paper

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, I like to keep my goals attainable. I remember watching Phil Dunphy on Modern Family trying to walk to Canada on an elliptical machine and thinking: “why would you ever put yourself through that torture?” 

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New Parents: Buy Life Insurance, Name Beneficiaries and Save for College

After checking your medical plan, getting supplies, padding your bank account, getting an estate plan in order, and deciding if you will return to work and how you will handle childcare, you may be asking, “Am I all set?” “Is it smooth sailing from here on out?” Not quite!

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Two More Financial Issues Every New Parent Needs to Address

The decision of whether to return to work and setting up an estate plan are two of the most important financial decisions a parent needs to make. Patricia Sklar discusses both topics in this article.

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Preparing for Parenthood? Don’t Forget These Three Financial Steps

The US is one of few countries without national paid maternity leave. While the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) guarantees 12 weeks of job-protected time off, this law only applies to public agencies, public and private elementary and secondary schools, and companies with 50 or more employees.

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Is Now the Time to Invest?

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The most common question I have received from my clients over the last month Is “Should I invest some of the cash I’ve been sitting on?” Whether you have saved your last bonus, had a liquidity event such as sale of a rental property or received an inheritance, or you have just been thrifty, let me walk you through the exercise I take my clients on when answering this important question.

 
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Changing Jobs – is that grass actually greener?

The most common reason I hear people jumping ship to a shinier boat is for a “better opportunity.”  However, let’s unpack what a “better opportunity” truly looks like.

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Lessons learned from Game of Thrones

It’s amazing to me that a show can start off so strongly, with critical acclaim and a massive following and, at least in the opinion of many, finish so weakly. There is nothing worse than a bad ending.  In real life you don’t want to be that way either.

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Film One Scene at a Time

I hate this cliché, but it kind of fits…Rome wasn’t built in a day. Your goals don’t have to be accomplished in day, or even a year. The important thing is to set goals, make progress and keep at it. Doing nothing will not produce results. As Mark Twain famously said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

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If you don’t look at the monster…

With Halloween on the horizon, I thought it might be time to talk about scary movies.  When I was a kid, I used to watch scary movies with my dad.  My dad likes to tell the story about how when we watched...

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