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The Investopedia 100

LOS ANGELES, June 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Stephen Rischall, Co-Founder at 1080 Financial Group, was ranked #9 on the INVESTOPEDIA 100 listof influential financial advisors. Investopedia, the premier online source of trusted financial information and services, announced the inaugural INVESTOPEDIA 100, a ranking of influential financial … Continue reading

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Vacation or Staycation?

Everyone needs time away now and then – from work, school, people, and even from responsibility. Traditionally, families look forward to these times to have the chance to discover, relax, and to engage in activities that aren’t typical day-to-day events. … Continue reading

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Protection from Creditors

When you find yourself in a scenario that you must deal with debt collectors, these seven tips will help you out: 1.Ensure it’s your debt Be careful when answering calls from debt collectors. You might get calls that aren’t made … Continue reading

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Coping with the Loss of a Loved One

Coping with the Loss of Your Spouse and its Financial Impact Losing a spouse is a stressful transition. And the added pressure of having to settle the estate and organize finances can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are steps you can … Continue reading

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The Curious Case of Good Debt vs. Bad Debt

“Good debt is a powerful tool but a bad debt can kill you.” Before you knock the door of a bank or a credit card company, it’s essential to know the basic difference between good debts and bad debts. Some … Continue reading

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Can I Pay Off One Credit Card with Another?

A recent phone call from a friend asking a question for another friend prompted my consideration as to the ins and outs of whether one credit card can be paid off with another credit card. My immediate thought was, well … Continue reading

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Financial Coaching or Financial Planning?

Most consumers realize at some point in time that there are questions about money that aren’t an inherent or learned part of knowledge and skills. Unless a family member, teacher, friend, or other resource took the time and had the … Continue reading

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The Most Important Financial Concept

I recall many years ago at a Junior Wall Street workshop (yes I really did attend one in my early teens) learning from veteran brokers and traders at the New York Stock Exchange, and hearing them tell me that the … Continue reading

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How to (Un) – Kill Your Credit Score

If you’ve ever gone online to get your credit score or visited with a lender to borrow money and found your credit score to be lower than you expected, you may have freaked out at how horrible it was. So, … Continue reading

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The True Cost of Taking a Break

Every one of us looks forward to taking a break from our routines sooner or later. Whether it’s to visit family or friends over a holiday, a weekend trip to the mountains to ski, or a kid-cation to one of … Continue reading

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Top 3 Things for Your Tax Refund

It won’t be long until nearly everyone in America will participate in the annual activity of filing their taxes to determine their refund, if they owe more or will break even. Most of us know ahead of filing our state … Continue reading

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Teaching Your Kids About Money

I recall from my life as a young teen that, after spending most of my years fully ignorant of the money our family had or frankly worrying about it at all, my mother made it clear to me and my … Continue reading

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DIY Family Style

At a time when just about everyone in the household who can work goes to their job every day, maybe it’s time to consider doing some of the tasks around the house that we have been paying someone else to … Continue reading

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Real Cost of Home Improvements

Buying a home is a big decision and an even bigger investment. For many, purchasing a home will be their largest financial transaction in addition to becoming the most valuable asset they own. While some buyers look for “move in … Continue reading

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Protecting Parents from Financial Abuse

News about financial elder abuse becoming more common nowadays. Whether it’s via phone, mail, internet, or even through direct interaction, vulnerable seniors are being targeted frequently.  We often think that such a thing won’t happen with our parents or feel … Continue reading

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Time to Get Out of Debt

If you are waking up at night wondering how in the world you will ever pay off debt and continue all of the regular expenses incurred day to day for 2017, it’s a great time to consider how you’d approach … Continue reading

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Fiduciary Education Better than Regulation

There’s been a lot of buzz in the media again lately about the DOL Fiduciary Rule. In large part, it seems people are concerned by the Trump administrations announcement to do away with it. Unfortunately, politics as usual, is getting … Continue reading

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Turn Off the Lights

Although there are many ways to curb household expenses, one of the areas that often gets the least consistent attention is the use of utilities and the associated costs. Often it’s as easy as remembering to turn off lights as … Continue reading

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Step Down Spending

Whether you’ve lost a job or are considering intentionally reducing your spending in an effort to save more or prepare for retirement, there are ways to step your costs down a notch or two without altering your lifestyle entirely. Many … Continue reading

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Save on THIS in January

Every year, many experts publish articles and lists of items that go on sale big time throughout the year. We as consumers often purchase goods as we think we need or want them, and not always when it’s best for … Continue reading

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Which is better, a Traditional or Roth IRA?

Let’s start with the basics. IRA stands for Individual Retirement Account and just about anyone can open one. In order to contribute to an IRA you must have earned income. Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs have many similarities, but there … Continue reading

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Achieving Goals in 2017 the SMART way

It just happened again, 2017 is here and just like last year it seems that time is passing by faster and faster. If you haven’t already, take a moment to reflect on where you were the beginning of last year. … Continue reading

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Top 3 Holiday Bonus Ideas

The end of the year is near and that means it’s holiday bonus time! If you’re fortunate enough to receive a bonus this year there are three very important you should consider doing with it above all else. First, if … Continue reading

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Last Year’s Money Diet Resolution

The year is almost over and it’s time to take stock of where you’ve been and what still needs to be accomplished through the remainder of the year. More than likely you made a New Year’s resolution related to your … Continue reading

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Childhood Lessons from Holiday Shopping

A long time ago while raising a 7 year old alone, I decided it was time for yet another money activity and learning opportunity for my son. Fortunately I had opened what used to be called a “Christmas Club Savings … Continue reading

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Let the Holidays Begin

As the new year approaches, it can bring up a lot of anxiety around impending holidays and all the “extras” this time of the year involves. Think about it – there’s extra food, extra or new clothes, extra events, extra … Continue reading

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We Treat Money like the Election… it’s Over

Ever realize how emotions can get the best of us? Results from the recent United States Presidential Election surprised the world and left many Americans in shock. Going into election day polls, media, bookies and the stock market indicated an … Continue reading

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Holiday Cooking and Feasting

If you are like me, you are already thinking about the big dinners that are ahead for the holidays.  Thoughts are running around in your head about who will be at your table, what you will serve up, and how … Continue reading

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College Roommate Food Fights

Whether you are heading to college this fall for the very first time or a returning student, there are always plenty of decisions – what courses to take, major, minor, how much to borrow, how much to work – but … Continue reading

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