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Sleigh Bells Ring

By familywg | December 16, 2014 | Comments Off on Sleigh Bells Ring

The holiday season kicked off early this year, with a big winter storm in parts of the country. Beautiful, yet treacherous, photographs emerged of cars and neighborhoods entirely submerged in snow; roofs, windows and doors collapsing from the weight of the precipitous precipitation, and once again motorists were stranded on highways and byways. The season…

How Year-End Politics May Affect You

By familywg | December 23, 2014 | Comments Off on How Year-End Politics May Affect You

The changing of the guard in Congress has begun: out with the old, in with the new. As the GOP prepares to take a majority presence in both the House and Senate, one question looms: Are we in for even more gridlock moving forward? It appears that much is on tap for the lame-duck session…

Together, We’re Worlds Apart

By familywg | November 4, 2014 | Comments Off on Together, We’re Worlds Apart

The world continues to grow (figuratively and virtually) smaller. The economy is more global. We are connected by Facebook and other social media. We can exchange ideas with people in foreign lands. Check out videos and photographs taken in Australia, 10 minutes ago. We’ve learned that our individual — and national — problems are more…

Does Your Financial Strategy Take Into Account Unforeseen Retirement Challenges?

By familywg | October 28, 2014 | Comments Off on Does Your Financial Strategy Take Into Account Unforeseen Retirement Challenges?

Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” However, when it comes to planning for retirement, it may not be a bad idea to develop a strategy that takes into consideration unexpected challenges that could arise. An unanticipated scenario in retirement might include a major medical issue, debilitating illness, or an adult child…

Transitioning to Retirement

By familywg | September 30, 2014 | Comments Off on Transitioning to Retirement

Change is never easy, at least for most people. And the people who do adjust to change well are often serial planners, knowing how to prepare well in advance. But when it comes to retirement, even when you know decades ahead of time that it’s going to eventually happen, you may still have trouble adjusting…

Sporting Confidence through Ups and Downs

By familywg | October 7, 2014 | Comments Off on Sporting Confidence through Ups and Downs

Some of the world’s top sports figures have recently experienced ups and downs in their careers. Take Rafael Nadal for instance, one of the top men’s professional tennis players in the world. Two years ago, Nadal was forced to sit out for seven months due to a knee injury. Then he fought his way back…

What Jobs Mean to Us — and the U.S.

By familywg | October 14, 2014 | Comments Off on What Jobs Mean to Us — and the U.S.

Who looks for a job in August? Who’s around to interview candidates anyway? August is a popular month for end-of-summer vacations before the school year starts. This trend showed up in the latest jobs report, which revealed a slump of only 142,000 jobs added after six straight months of payroll gains exceeding 200,000.  [CLICK HERE…

Small Business, Small Incomes

By familywg | December 2, 2014 | Comments Off on Small Business, Small Incomes

Large corporations in America have only been around about 13 decades. Before then, America was built on the backs of small business owners. Larger companies started to take root in the mid-19th century, led by railroads and industrial firms. Small business owners took a hit but adapted by developing market niches too small for big…

Mortgages and Real Estate

By familywg | December 30, 2014 | Comments Off on Mortgages and Real Estate

Real estate appears to be rebounding slowly but surely. There’s even a push from government regulators to lower the down payment requirements for new mortgages. New analysis shows few borrowers are granted 3 percent to 5 percent down payment loans on their homes, and those that do have excellent credit. The percentage of people receiving…

Give Thanks. The Grass is Greener Here.

By familywg | December 9, 2014 | Comments Off on Give Thanks. The Grass is Greener Here.

As we enter this holiday season, it’s worth taking a look at your individual circumstances and gauging whether your financial situation is stronger than it was last year, three years ago or five years ago. We can all find reasons to gripe about one thing or another, even in the best of the times. But…