Pope Francis

How Much is the Pope Worth?

Have you ever wondered how much the Pope earns or is worth? The facts may surprise you. Here is a summary of the current Pope’s financial status Earnings and Net Worth Pope Francis technically earns nothing. But all living expenses and travel arrangements … [Read More...]

Investing

How To Maximize Your Income with Portfolio and Work Life Screens

I was chatting with my career coach on the phone this morning. We were discussing switching my plan from a “to do list” and yearly goals to a 90 day plan and yearly goals. The reason? Yearly goals and “to do lists” often have nothing to do with one another, … [Read More...]

Infographics

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European Economic Crisis – Midweek Infographic

In 2008, financial institutions in the US began to drop like flies. Lehman Brothers - gone, Bear Stearns - gone, Washington Mutual - you guessed it, gone. Four years later, what condition are we now in? The US banking system has regained much of its strength … [Read More...]

How Low Interest Rates Can Affect Retirement

Have recent interest rate cuts impacted retirement?  The short answer is yes.  Things can get complicated, but low interest rates do have long-term effects on the economy and could alter your retirement planning. Retirement Income One of the most obvious … [Read More]

Stone Veneer Wall

Building a Stone Veneer Wall at Our Camp

I’m posting a mid-month update. No changes to assets or debts since the beginning of December, but on a personal note we just finished up a rather significant project at our camp. I figured I’d share some of our progress and take a little break from the normal … [Read More]

Average Net Worth by Age

What is your net worth? How does it compare to others in your age group? What can you take away from these numbers? Tracking your net worth can help keep your personal finances in check since it measures your overall portfolio value and not simply your income. … [Read More]

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Personal Financial Update, December 2019

It’s hard to believe that it’s December already and that there is less than a month left of 2019.  The year went by fast, but a lot was accomplished during that seemingly short time span.  Christmas shopping has begun, and it’s being cash flowed as planned.  … [Read More]

mandatory personal finance class

Should Personal Finance be Taught in School?

Should basic personal financial literacy and skills be taught in school? It’s an interesting idea and one that I happen to support. There is a growing movement to implement such classes in school. A quick Google search will pull up commentary from financial … [Read More]

Vacationing on a Budget

We recently returned from a 10-day trip out west. We hiked in the Nevada high desert, went to Lake Tahoe, stayed a few nights in Yosemite National Park, sat in hot springs in the California Mountains, spent 3 days in San Francisco, visited the Red Wood Forest … [Read More]