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Seven Termites That Eat Your 401(k)

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. FYI, the seven termites eating your 401k are: 1. Wrap fees, 2. Subtransfer agency fees, 3. Mortality and expense fees, 4. 12(b)1 fees, 5. Share class, 6. Portfolio turnover, and 7. Market timing. According to a Dalbar Financial Services study that tracks investor returns, from 1989 to 2008 the S&P 500 yielded 8.35% annually. […]

Thoughts on Niagara Falls

We recently took a trip to Niagara Falls since it was close to some family that we were visiting anyway. Here are some of my random thoughts and conclusions from the experience: We stayed on the Canadian side of the falls since everyone we talked to said it was much better than the American side. […]

Help a Reader: Buying a New House

Here's a question a reader left as a comment on my post titled The Cost of a New Home: I am in a boat somewhat similar to yours. My wife and I live in a good house on a great street in an awesome location. The problem is the school system is terrible. We just had our first and possibly only child (daughter). There is no way we will send her to public school in this area. […]

Do’s and Don’ts in Dealing with Your Boss

I've said before that I think the two keys to career success are having quantifiable accomplishments (or delivering results, if you prefer) and having a great, positive attitude. […]

Details on Cash for Clunkers

The following is a guest post from Bob Meighan, CPA and VP of TurboTax. For more info on Cash for Clunkers, visit their site. Driving around in a clunker and ready to move up? Doing so could help the environment and save you up to $4500. Sounds too good to be true? Nope. […]

Now's the Time to Buy a House

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. For years I've been annoying local realtors by claiming that real estate values were headed lower. Over the past few years, I've been advising young clients to rent and wait for better deals. […]

The Good Life After Being Fired

Here's an interesting article from Parade magazine. It's written by Lee Child, a man who was fired from his job at 39 and had to deal with all the financial and emotional issues associated with it. The firing gave him the opportunity to change the course of his career and he's gone on to become a best-selling author. […]

Five Steps to Branding Yourself and Growing Your Career

Over the past week we've talked about branding yourself and have taken the initial steps in explaining how it can help you grow your career. Today we're going to get into the details a bit by focusing on a piece from Parade Magazine titled How to be Indispensable at Work. […]

Why You Need to Shop Around for Car Insurance

Here's a very good argument for shopping around regularly for car insurance. It was left on my post titled Is This a Valid Saving Tip?: I was loyal to an insurance company which had my auto and home for 9 years. When I shopped for a new company last year all competition prices were significantly less. After changing I saved about $1,100 a year. It was amazing. […]

It Pays to Ask -- You Never Know If/When It Will Work

I'll write about our recent trip to Niagara Falls more sometime soon, but for now I want to relate a story that illustrates that you should always ask for a discount/lower price since you never know what will happen. While visiting the Falls, my daughter wanted to play glow-in-the-dark mini golf. […]