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Financing or Paying Cash for Cars

by Randy Chalmers on January 27, 2023.

Like Dave Ramsey says, a lot of people state they will always have a car payment, which is something I personally have said most of my adult life. This is because we’ve learned to budget our lives around paying our necessities like the mortgage, groceries, water, electricity, and…car payments? According to 2022 data from Experian,...

Some Financial Highlights from the Secure Act 2.0

by Randy Chalmers on January 6, 2023.

529 Changes Previously, if you saved for your child’s college and they did not need the funds you could either transfer them to another student or withdraw the funds incurring a penalty. Under the Secure Act 2.0 (SA 2.0) you can now roll these unused funds into Roth IRAs without income tax or any tax...

What is an Annual Review?

by Randy Chalmers on December 26, 2022.

Whether you are brand new to investing and have never had an annual review, or you’ve had many annual reviews, you might be interested to find out a little bit more of what is done during the review process. The first step is obviously to see how your portfolio has performed in the past 12...

Credit Cards

by Randy Chalmers on December 12, 2022.

Like most topics, who you speak to about credit cards drastically impacts the narrative of why you should or shouldn’t use them. So instead of trying to change your mind one way or the other, let’s just look at some facts about credit cards. How does the interest rate work on my credit card? The...

Setting SMART Goals

by Randy Chalmers on November 18, 2022.

If you haven’t used the SMART process for setting goals in your life or business, then you probably don’t know what the acronym means. S   – Specific M – Measurable A  – Attainable R  – Relevant T  – Time-bound Specific What exactly will be accomplished and by what means? Measurable How will your goal be...

Lost or Forgotten?

by Randy Chalmers on November 11, 2022.

I spoke with a client this week who was lucky enough to find money! Nope, he didn’t just spot a $20 stuck in a branch from the wind, he realized he had an old IRA he had lost track of. We rolled his old IRA over to his managed account with us with no penalties...

$100 Left Over?

by Randy Chalmers on November 4, 2022.

We’ve discussed how people think they don’t have enough money to invest, so instead, they spend what they could have saved. But, what about those who are not yet investing, the ones who are on Dave’s Baby Step 2: pay off debt utilizing the debt snowball method? I know a lot of people reading this...

Information you Might not Know about Individual Retirement Accounts

by Randy Chalmers on October 28, 2022.

When conversations navigate toward the topic of retirement, one of the most common subjects discussed is IRAs. If you are unaware, IRA stands for individual retirement account, meaning it is not offered through your employer, you made a choice to start saving into a retirement account on your own. Traditional IRAs are invested pre-tax, and...

Which Path is Correct?

by Randy Chalmers on October 14, 2022.

I’ve been asked many times “if Dave Ramsey says to fund a Roth IRA, why would I ever choose a traditional IRA”? Well, much like any advice, there is no absolute in reference to what will work best for everyone in every situation.    Let’s examine the main characteristics of both types of IRAs. As...

The Retirement Crisis

by Randy Chalmers on October 7, 2022.

Have you been fearing that you will be living in poverty in your golden years because news articles and studies have long stated that Americans do not know how to save or don’t save enough? In 2002 the Economic Policy Institute study reported that 40% of households then aged 47-64 would retire on less than...