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GF¢ 031: Is Universal Life Insurance a Ripoff?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Sell them what you want, not what they need. Unfortunately, this happens A LOT in our industry. Shady financial advisors will sell mutual funds, annuities, REIT’s, cash value life insurance — basically anything that might make more sense for them (in the form of making a commission) instead of […]

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Happy Father’s Day – Wife Hijack

Hello everyone! This is the wife reporting in. I’m not here to give you any personal finance advice…in fact, I get all of mine from the man behind this blog. But, I AM HERE to tell you that he’s MUCH more than just a guy who knows a lot about money and investing. He’s the king […]

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GF¢ 030: What You MUST Know Before Hiring Your First Coach

Podcast: Play in new window | Download This podcast episode is a continuation to support Operation: #investNOW where I’m inspiring 1 million people to invest in themselves.  Check it out here.  This podcast is all about one of the best investments I’ve ever made, but I’m not just rehashing Episode 15. I’m going to be […]

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15 {Surpisingly Simple} Money Saving Tips for Families

Before we had our first son I was terrified on how much it was going to increase our monthly expenses. We were decent at managing our finances, but I suddenly felt that I holes in all my pockets and all our money would just fall off into the new baby abyss. I’m sure other families […]

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GF¢ 029: 7 Financial Advisors I Would Like to Punch in the Face

Podcast: Play in new window | Download People who know me know I’m not a very violent guy. I’ve never been in a fist fight in my entire life, I very seldom ever yell (except when the St. Louis Cardinals would blow a four run lead in the bottom of the ninth), and I cover […]

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The Top 10 Cities That Your Financial Advisor Approves You To Retire In

You’ve probably seen dozens of lists like this, but let’s admit it – most of them center on locations that are already flooded with retirees for all the usual reasons. On this list, I’m zeroing in on cities that offer tangible financial advantages to retirees. Sure, they’re great places to retire. But each also offers […]

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GF¢ 028: How to Start a Franchise Empire (without going broke)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Opening one franchise and making money is a tall feat. What about opening more than 13? Now that’s legit! Jesse Keyser is a franchise owner based in Southern Illinois. What I love about Jesse’s story is that it’s a perfect reminder of what Operation: #investNOW is all about. […]

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Grow Your Dough Update (May Update)

I am not a stock picker. When I came up with the bright idea of starting the Grow Your Dough throw down, I had a haunting suspicion that I would lose. Why, you ask? Because I absolutely suck at picking stocks. Yes, I’ve made a few good picks in my day, but many of those […]

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GF¢ 027: 5 Questions to Ask *Before* You Buy an Annuity

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Buying an annuity should not be the worst experience of your life. Some financial advisors represent them to be the greatest thing since sliced bread.  Other advisors associate annuities with a certain four-letter word.  And no, that word isn’t good. You might be wondering where I fall in […]

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GF¢ 026: How to Say “Screw the 9 to 5″ and Chase Your Passion

Podcast: Play in new window | Download If you’re sitting at your day job banging your head on your desk, then I might have the podcast for you. Tom Ewer from left the comfort of his 9 to 5 job to chase his dream. “Chasing your dream” always sounds cool, but it’s not as […]

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8 Questions to Ask a Prospective Financial Adviser

The following is an excerpt from the book The Five Years Before You Retire by Emily Guy Birken. There are many different types of financial planners and advisers—and only some of the titles that various financial advisers can use are regulated. Meeting someone who calls himself a financial planner could mean you’ve shaken hands with […]

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9 Money Tips Every College Student Should Know So They Don’t Graduate Broke

I knew nothing about managing money in college. Even though I was a finance major, I was horrible at actually managing money. How horrible?   How about unnecessary student loan debt, 2 credit cards nearly maxed out, and literally nothing in my savings account even though I had two part-time jobs and National Guard money […]

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