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Money Smarts: How U.S. Rates

Submitted by Jonathan DeYoe on Friday, December 19, 2014 - 9:00am

We all flip between believing that America leads the world at everything to thinking our nation lags behind foreign powerhouses in every way. Regarding financial literacy, we’re solid in the top five – but far from best.

Plan to Prevent Bad $$ Moves

Submitted by Gary Brooks on Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 3:00pm

When managing personal finances and investments, people frequently exhibit irrational behavior for different reasons. If you’re one of these folks, be fair to yourself: It doesn’t even take a spate of market zigzags like October’s to prod you into questionable decisions.

Is Your Price Right?

Submitted by Josh Patrick on Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 12:00pm

How long has it been since you evaluated your pricing strategy? If you feel your business is not as profitable as it should be, do a pricing test. It takes some courage, but you might be pleasantly surprised by the outcome.

How to Fix Social Security

Submitted by Jim Blankenship on Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 9:00am

We often read reports from the Social Security Administration’s reviews of the status of its trust fund and predictions that in 20 years funding will exist to pay 77 cents on the dollar of promised benefits. So far this revelation produces from policymakers no actual steps to fix the system. What can we do to fix Social Security?

Bouncing Back From $ Goofs

Submitted by Mary Beth Storjohann on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 3:00pm

We’re not perfect. We’re all guilty of one financial mistake or two, whether it happened yesterday or years ago. How do you shake off these money blunders and bounce back? With some honesty, reflection, preparation and a touch of class.

I made my fair share of mistakes in life, and although financially conscious, I had missteps on the money front, too. I still remember those feelings of anxiety and disappointment when I realized I messed up.

Dwelling on past failure doesn’t help you. Follow these steps I learned from my experience to come out from a bad financial error:

Planning: It Takes Two

Submitted by Hilary Hendershott on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 12:00pm

When taking on a partnered client, it takes two. I always want to meet with both parts of the couple. Sometimes, I am often disappointed to find women don’t want to play an active role in money matters. Planning investment strategies and long-term finances takes active input from both wife and husband.

Ax Corporate Income Taxes

Submitted by Lewis J. Walker on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 9:00am

Talk of overhauling the tax code is stirring in Washington, but the overwhelming complexity of the task makes it difficult to accomplish, at least in the near term. Here’s a good, clean, quick way to tackle part of tax reform – and produce an economic bonanza: abolish the corporate income tax.