Thoughts From the Finance Factory

Financial Lessons of the Real Housewives

I have a confession to make. Please don’t judge me when I say this but the Real Housewives on Bravo are my guilty TV pleasure. I know it is mindless and inane but I think that is why I find them interesting. You have tons of manufactured drama, intrigue, suspense, sadness, and financial misdeeds and mismanagement. Yet, even as I watch shows like the Real Housewives on Bravo, I am continually amazed at how many people (especially faux celebrities) get bad or no advice when it comes to finance, taxes, and investing. And so, some highlights and lessons, yes even lessons from faux celebrities.


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The Other Guarantee

Everyone knows the expression of the only guarantees in life is death and taxes: While we can’t do anything to change the tax code we can make plans to help reduce the financial impact that your death has on your loved ones, business partners, and vendors.


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Your Future Called, Why Don’t You Answer?

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” Dr. Suess


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Episode 1: The Rise of the Algorithms

There has been a lot of discussion recently about so called robo-advisors like Wealthfront and Betterment. But what is a robo-advisor, really? Are there any real benefits from such, and is such a construct even legal? I am going to write several pieces looking at this issue in more detail but I wanted to hit on a few points in this piece.


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That Dreaded Topic

What would happen to your family if you were hit by the proverbial bus today? What would happen to your finances? Your home? Your children’s education? Your favorite charitable organization? I know it is morbid to think about, but the world is riskier than ever, which is why risk management is one of my favorite topics to discuss with clients.


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Who Are You Listening To?

On August 26, 2014 the S&P 500 closed about 2000 for the first time at 2000.02. We have now seen 28 new all-time high days on the S&P 500 in 2014. Whether the markets are going up or down, there are voices in the markets calling for it to go down.


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Worried About Being Matt Foley?

Saturday Night Live first aired on NBC on October 11, 1975, and when I was kid we only had 13 channels. so one way or another, I become a fan of Saturday Night Live. Then, as a 12 year old and sneaking back to the living room after everyone was in bed, I became a fan of the late 80s and early 90s cast of SNL, specifically; Kevin Nealon anchoring the weekend update, Adam Sandler doing the skits that led to his movie career, Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, and really early Chris Rock.


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Protect Your Digital Backside!

The celebrity icloud scandal really had my wheels spinning about a number of things the other day. When are people going to learn that taking naked pictures of yourself never ends well. Also that privacy as we all knew and loved prior to the digital revolution is probably dead. This got me thinking about what happens to our digital footprint when we die.


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Financial Lessons From Walter White

I would like to thank Netflix for introducing me to binge watching TV. Without it, I would have never been introduced to AMC’s Breaking Bad and come across all of these wonderful financial lessons to share with you courtesy of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.


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My Baby Will Cost Me What?

Since 1960 the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a number for the estimated costs associated with raising a child until they reach 18. The costs include food, housing, childcare, education (not college costs), and other expenses. The full report is linked at the bottom of this post. So if you or a loved one has recently had a baby it is going to cost $245,340 on average to raise him or her to age 18.


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