Thoughts From the Finance Factory

Become a Jedi Master Over Your Finances! You Must!

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

Its one of the most iconic opening credits in movie history. For the 3 people left on the planet Earth that do not know. That is the opening to Star Wars. I grew up a huge Star Wars fan and am super excited to have a whole new trilogy to enjoy.

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What Can The Mets Teach You About Personal Finances?

What you can learn about personal finances from the New York Mets?

I have been a New York Mets fan my entire life. I used to stay up late listening to games on WFAN. Meet the Mets still brings me back to wonderful trips to watch my Mets at Shea Stadium. Even sitting in the upper deck about 5 feet from the LaGuardia airplane traffic it was still a magical experience watching my boyhood sports heroes. My friends and I would then recreate the games in the backyard playing wiffleball.

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Beware of Kardashians Hawking Credit!

What do Henry Winkler, Hulk Hogan, Betty White, Fred Thompson, Kim Kardashian, Montel Williams and Alex Trabek all have in common? I’ll give you a minute to think about it…Cue Alex Trabek’s theme music. Doo Doo Doo Doo Da da da da (OK you get the point even if that is more Police than Jeopardy) Time’s up! The answer is…

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Scams, Suckers, More Scams And How To Spot Them

We have all received the emails from the concerned African prince that wants to wire us millions of dollars if we give him our account information. Hopefully everyone knows that it’s a scam. As the old adage goes if it’s too good to be true. Well I was away for a few days at a conference and when I returned I had this very ominous voicemail at my office.

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Do You Need a Financial Plan?

For the regular readers of my blog you know that I am a big believer in planning. I believe in having written goals and developing a plan to work towards accomplishing them. Big business uses strategic plans, communities develop land use plans, and athletes develop plans for their season. So why, according to a recent Gallup survey, do only 38% of people in the US have a written out financial plan.

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The Investing Roller Coaster

My daughter Savanna and I love roller coasters. The bigger, the faster, the scarier the more we love them. A couple of weeks ago we spent some daddy daughter time at Carowinds in Charlotte. They have a brand new roller coaster named Fury 325. The name is certainly fitting as the coaster brings you up 325 feet in the air and then drops you at an 85 degree angle at speeds of almost 100 miles an hour.

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Don’t Break the Bank This Vacation Season

I hope this post doesn’t find you too late but summer is finally here and we all know what that means! VACATION! Along with vacation comes the dreaded tradition that too many of us fall into summer overspending.

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What Can We Learn About Investing From Little Pieces Of Plastic

I have recently been introduced by my wife and daughter to the newest toy craze sweeping the country. No, beanie babies are not making a comeback, and you will not be waiting in line at Christmas for the latest and greatest doll. The latest craze is little pieces of plastic called Shopkins.

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7 Lessons From the First 525,600 Minutes

525,600 minutes! That’s how much time is in 1 year. I could have used twice that amount as I was getting Thorium up off the ground. I can’t believe it has already been a year! What a wild and crazy ride it has been but I have survived year number 1. It has not been without its opportunities, excitement, and challenges and upon reflection I now understand so many of the business lessons I had read in books or heard from other experienced entrepreneurs. I understand them now because I have lived so many of them. In honor of that I am going to share 7 lessons I have learned during this first year of independence.

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