Keeping Your Money Safe

Well, with all the bad news on Wall Street this week about AIG, Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers, it’s no wonder you’re worried about your retirement fund, pension, annuity or other investments! I mean this is the first time in years I can remember mainstream media people use the phrase “bank run”! But seriously, if […]

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How Solid is Your Insurance Company?

How confident are you that your insurance company is on safe financial ground? Read on to learn what’s happening in the insurance industry and how to be sure you can count on your insurer in times of need.

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Nine-Fifteen-O’-Eight

As a contrarian investor I look at today (9/15/2008) as a potential harbinger that the markets are nearing a bottom. This makes me believe that 2009 promises the turning of a new leaf!

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2009: A Great Time to Invest In Real Estate?

Contrary to popular belief, the best opportunity you will ever again see in your life may be coming very soon. As the 2008 election year draws to a close, how do you know when the time may be right to invest in a foreclosed or distressed-sale property?

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Want To Know Which Auto Insurance Company Is The Best?

The Internet provides you with a million ways to compare insurance companies. Most will tell you to pick the one with the best financial strength as determined by services like A.M. Best, Standard and Poor’s, and Moody’s. That way, you’ll know your insurance company will be there when you need them. Others tell you to […]

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Can I Still Get a Home Loan in 2008?

OK, so we all know the real estate market is down and loan rates appear to be headed higher. So that means it’s a bad time to buy real estate, right? Wrong! I will tell you that I bought my first home in the last major US real estate downturn and it proved to be […]

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Home Loan Closing Costs Increasing

Well, in addition to rising interest rates and continued uneasiness in the money markets, it seems that home mortgage closing costs are also going up, according to a new mortgage cost study by BankRate. Now, with all the news about home foreclosures and problems with financial institutions these days, that’s hardly surprising. But the way […]

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How to Save on Home Insurance Rates

If you think homeowners’ insurance is a luxury, better think again! If you owe money on a home loan, your lender probably requires that you carry home insurance and can provide proof of coverage for the full or fair value of your real property, which is typically the purchase price you paid. These days, with […]

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Is it Time to Expand Your Business?

People often ask me “what’s the difference between being self-employed and owning your own business?” The simple answer is scale; if you are the only one working in your business then when you aren’t working you aren’t making a profit in most cases. It’s that simple. One friend of mine worked at an audio/video retailer […]

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Should You Buy a Franchise?

If you are considering starting your own small business then buying into a franchise operation may be a good way to go, especially if you have no previous experience running a business. While many franchisees struggle to make a living, they are at least able to essentially buy themselves a job and have some control […]

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