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How to Build Good Credit

Submitted by Thuong Thien on Friday, November 20, 2015 - 12:00pm

You likely know the pivotal role good credit plays when you try to buy a house or a car. It’s likely too that you don’t buy houses and cars every day, so maintaining a credit rating seems like a back-burner need. Not so, and here’s how to keep your rating up.

Talking About Death

Submitted by Rick Kahler on Friday, November 20, 2015 - 9:00am

One of the challenges in financial planning is the strong taboo in our society against talking about money. Another powerful taboo is talking about death when someone has a serious illness.

Buy Commercial Real Estate?

Submitted by Rick Kahler on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 12:00pm

Want a good way to build wealth? Own commercial real estate. But only if you are willing to undertake due diligence that may not be readily available online, make a big hands-on commitment to mind the investment and exercise enormous patience.

Best Life Insurance to Buy

Submitted by Sterling Raskie on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 9:00am

You face myriad choices and terminology when you shop for life insurance: term, whole life, universal life and variable universal life, among others. Here are a few explanations and recommendations.

Face Your Financial Fears

Submitted by Claire Emory on Monday, November 16, 2015 - 12:00pm

As a child you pulled the blanket over your head to ward off the monsters. Your financial future is no monster – if you think ahead – but some people still insist on pulling up their blanket. Here are some sobering numbers and ways to get planning while you still have time.

Passive Investing, Actively

Submitted by Rick Kahler on Monday, November 16, 2015 - 9:00am

Index funds, which track the entire market or portions of it, do best for investors over time. These funds are called passively managed, because their components get selected automatically, according to index movements. But you shouldn’t be passive about managing them. You must be very active.