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The #1 Killer of Wealth in America

The #1 Killer of Wealth in America

It’s not a surprise to hear stories these days about the middle-class shrinking. A big part of that trend has to do with the lack of sustained wage growth for decades. Families were essentially standing still financially while the tide of inflation continued to rise. The tide came in and many families are underwater. However, stagnant wages and inflation are not the full story…

4 Reasons Financial Literacy is Essential 

4 Reasons Financial Literacy is Essential 

April is Financial Literacy Month! The purpose of Financial Literacy Month is to bring awareness to and promote the importance of establishing and maintaining financial healthy habits. Unfortunately, in our country, financial literacy has not been prioritized as an essential topic of learning in Public K-12 or higher education. Too many are left to fend for themselves when it comes to managing money. “College graduates spent 16 years gaining…

9 Questions to Ask Your 401k Provider

9 Questions to Ask Your 401k Provider

When was the last time you really looked at your 401(k)? Not just the balance, but a good hard look at the actual investments and the performance. For most people, the answer is ‘not recently!’ It’s not necessarily because we don’t care. On the contrary, if you are reading this, you obviously do, but there’s confusion about what’s in our…

3 Ways to Increase Your Compensation Without Talking to Your Boss

3 Ways to Increase Your Compensation Without Talking to Your Boss

Not everyone gets salary increases every year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t increase your total compensation. Most of the focus on compensation is on salary, but your employee benefits can account for as much as 30% of your total compensation. Remember when you started at your company and in your orientation, you had a meeting with HR to discuss…

3 Money Lessons for Thanksgiving

3 Money Lessons for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s a holiday with the least pretense or pomp and circumstance and is almost exclusively focused on family, gratitude and quality time (a.k.a. the things that really matter). That focus is also extremely important for our finances. There is no shortage of distractions when it comes to things we can do with our money, so…