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A Feast of Thanksgiving Financial Links

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In our house Thanksgiving is all about having the five of us together and eating way too much, passing out in a food coma and then eating some more.  In between the food, family, football, shopping, or whatever it is that you do over this holiday weekend here are some links to some great financial blogs if you have the time to do a little reading.

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Must-read financial blogs

I recently attended the FINCON conference for financial bloggers in St. Louis and had a chance to connect and reconnect with some of these great bloggers.  This is a list of finance blogs that in my opinion offer great financial information and insights.

Getting Your Financial Ducks in a Row

Consumerism Commentary

Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance

Mom and Dad Money

The Dollar Stretcher

Frugal Rules

Free From Broke

AAAMP Finance Blog

Len Penzo dot Com

Modest Money

PT Money

Cash Money Life

Wisebread

Money Crashers

Good Financial Cents

The College Investor

The Reformed Broker

FiGuide

Wealthcare For Women

This is not in any way, shape, or form an exhaustive list and I’ve certainly omitted some outstanding blogs.  None the less, the list above provides a great start in terms of finance blogs you should consider adding to your reading list.

Thanks for the recognition 

I want to thank Crain’s Chicago Business for featuring this blog in their recent article 8 must-read (and locally written) finance blogs.  My blog was profiled in The Chicago Financial Planner: A self-starter’s money guideNote this link might require you to log-in to their free limited subscription option. 

Jean Chatzky, the financial editor for NBC’s Today Show, was kind enough to mention this blog as her top pick for investing blogs in a piece for AARP Personal Finance Blogs You Should Read.

I hope that you and your families and loved ones have a great Thanksgiving holiday and enjoy the time spent together.

Please feel free to add any finance blogs or websites that you feel provide great information in the comment section below.

Please contact me at 847-506-9827 for a complimentary 30-minute consultation to discuss your investing and financial planning questions. Check out our Financial Planning and Investment Advice for Individuals page to learn more about our services.  

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Friday Finance Links March 1, 2013 – Sequester Day 1 Edition

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Today is Day 1 of the Sequester which I don’t fully understand, but it is a process that is supposed to result in deep government budget and spending cuts.  I’m sure this will be the main news topic of the day and likely for some time to come.

Here are a few links to some great weekend financial reading.

Personal Finance Blogs 

Check out An Interesting Conversation with My Dad at Free Money Finance.

Miranda tells us about Choosing the Right Investment Adviser for You at Planting Money Seeds.

Andrea shares some Quick and Easy Tips for Healthy Living at Take a Smart Step. 

Posts from Fellow NAPFA Members 

Jim Blankenship shares Free Income Tax Filing Options  at Figuide.com.

Alan Moore asks How Do I Start Saving? 5 Tips To Get Started Today! at Figuide.com.   

Other financial articles from around the web

Chuck Jaffe tells us to Sequester-proof your finances at marketwatch.com.

Paul Merriman shares Two easy ways to lose big in 2013 at marketwatch.com.

Daniel Bortz asks Is an Online Financial Adviser Right for You? at usnews.com.

In case you missed it here is my latest post for the US News Smarter Investor Blog How Much Should I Contribute to My 401(k)? 

Here’s wishing everyone a great weekend.

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Friday Finance Links – February 15, 2013

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After a busy week a rather low key weekend is on tap for us.  I do plan on hitting the Chicago Auto Show if I can, one of the best events of the year.

Here are a few links to some great weekend financial reading.    

Personal Finance Blogs   

Long outlines 401(k) Plan Rollover Options at Budget for Wealth.

Carrie shares 3 Strategies to Run Your Freelance Business More Efficiently at Careful Cents.

Andrea shows us How to Organize Financial Paperwork at Take a Smart Step. 

Posts from Fellow NAPFA Members   

Bert Whitehead reveals What’s A Safe Portfolio Withdrawal Rate? at Figuide.com.

Jim Blankenship explains How Dollar-Cost-Averaging Can Work To Your Advantage For Your 401(k) at Figuide.com.   

Other financial articles from around the web  

Andrea Coombes explains 401(k) balances hit record highs at marketwatch.com.

Russell Kinnel tells us about A Great Influx of New Money Into Funds at morningstar.com.

Chuck Jaffee reveals the Hidden costs of ‘free’ ETF trades at Schwab at marketwatch.com.

In case you missed it here is my latest post for the US News Smarter Investor Blog Your 401(k): Good or Lousy? 

Here’s wishing everyone a great weekend.

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Friday Finance Links January 11, 2013

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I drove our son back to college so we are once again empty nesters.  The Packers are still alive in the playoffs and have a tough game tomorrow against the 49ers.  And yes it is 55 degrees here in Chicago in January.

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Here is some weekend financial reading for the first weekend of the New Year. 

Personal Finance Blogs 

Doug provides some great resources in The ROA Bulletin on Veteran Administration benefits, Medicare, and Medicaid at The Military Guide.

Kevin explains Retirement Planning in Your 20s at Cash Money Life.

Ken tells us how to Find Stocks Using a Stock Screener at AAAMP Blog.

Andrea addresses a Reader Question:  How to Find My Debt at Take A Smart Step. 

Posts from Fellow NAPFA Members 

Jim Blankenship tells us to Pay Yourself First at Figuide.com.

Curt Sheldon shares Military Retirement, VA Benefits and a Guy Named Strickland at Figuide.com. 

Other financial articles from around the web 

Mark Miller explains Health-Care Costs: Why Your Location Really Matters  at morningstar.com.

Ronald Orol reveals Money funds moving to publish NAVs daily at marketwatch.com.

Rob Silverblatt tells us What to Expect From Bond Mutual Funds in 2013 at usnews.com.

In case you missed it here is my latest post for the US News Smarter Investor Blog Dig Deep When Using Target Date-Funds.

Here’s wishing everyone a great weekend.

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Friday Finance Links December 28, 2012

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Happy new year

Another year is almost in the books.  It’s been great having all three of our kids home for the holidays.  I hope that you and your families have had a great holiday season as well.

Here is some great end of the year weekend financial reading: 

Personal Finance Blogs 

Julie shares Financial Lessons From “It’s a Wonderful Life” at Wisebread.

Emily tells us that You Can’t Afford the Costs of Drunk Driving in a guest post at PT Money.

Ken explains Cash Flow Statement Analysis: Purpose, Components, and Format at AAAMP Blog.

Luke launched his Naked With Cash series at Consumerism Commentary.  I am excited to be a part of this effort.

Other financial articles from around the web 

Phillip Moeller asks 8 Important Retirement Money Questions for 2013 at usnews.com.

Melody Juge shares Five big IRA beneficiary concerns at marketwatch.com

David Ning discusses How to Tell if You Should Downsize in Retirement at usnews.com.

I took a week off from contributing to the US News Smarter Investor Blog, but here is a link to my author page where you can check out all of my prior posts. 

Here’s wishing everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2013.

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Friday Finance Links November 16, 2012

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I’m looking forward to watching the Packers play the Lions on Sunday from the comfort of our family room.  The

saving and spending

past several games have come opposite the Bears and we’ve had to migrate to the local sports bar to catch the action.

Here are some great articles for your weekend finance reading: 

Personal Finance Blogs 

J.P. explains What is a Trailing Stop Order? at Novel Investor.

Andrea urges Stay at Home Moms: Stop Feeling Like You Have no Say in Your Family Finances at Take A Smart Step.

Steve Stewart asks Seriously, What’s 1 percent gonna do? at Money Plan SOS.

Kevin Mercadante tells us How to Move Your Retirement Savings into High Gear in a guest post at Cash Money Life.

Ken Faulkenberry shares Money Proverbs – 17 Smart Savings at AAAMP Blog. 

John asks Are Large Companies Immune to the Fiscal Cliff? at Frugal Rules.

Posts from Fellow NAPFA members

Jim Blankenship shares Save 1% More Here Are 7 Ways To Do It at FiGuide.com.

Claire Emory outlines Retirement Planning Mistakes To Avoid at Figuide.com.  

Other articles from around the web

Manish Malhotra claims that Annuities get a bad rap at marketwatch.com.

Christine Benz shares A Conservative Retirement Portfolio: The ETF Version at morningstar.com.

Investors Underestimating Retirement Needs, Survey Says at Financial Advisor.

In case you missed it here is my latest post for the US News Smarter Investor Blog Do Mutual Fund Companies Matter? 

Here’s wishing everyone a great weekend.

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Friday Finance Links November 2, 2012

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Halloween is behind us, I’ve consumed my quota of Butterfinger candy bars until next Butterfingeryear.  This is also the last weekend for listening to those annoying campaign ads, good riddance.  Lastly and most importantly, best wishes to all who were impacted by Sandy earlier this week.

Here are some articles and blog posts that I suggest for your weekend personal finance reading:  

Personal Finance Blogs 

Andrea Belzer Travillian asks What is an Index Fund and Should You be Investing in Them at Take a Smart Step.

Ornella Grosz discusses Gen Y:  How They Are Changing Banking at her Moneylicious Blog.

Kay Bell tells us about some Happy Halloween tax breaks! at Don’t Mess With Taxes.

Learn about 5 Employer Benefits You Might Be Missing Out On at MoneyNing.

J.P. answers the question Can You Trade If The Stock Market Closes? at Novel Investor. 

Posts from Fellow NAPFA members

Carolyn McClanahan wrote Navigating Medicare Multiple Choice And A Case Against Vouchers at forbes.com.

Don Martin asks Which Are Riskier – Bonds Or Stocks? at Figuide.com.

Other articles from around the web

Chris Gay asks Is Asset Management Just a Glorified Lottery? at usnews.com.

Quentin Fotrell tells us about George Lucas’ Jedi estate planning at marketwatch.com.

Glenn Ruffenach writes that Health coverage shrinks for young retirees at marketwatch.com.

In case you missed it here is my latest post for the US News Smarter Investor Blog Nearing Retirement? 5 Must-Do Steps. 

Here’s wishing everyone a great weekend.  

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Friday Finance Links October 5, 2012

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Looks like there will be a bit of a nip in the air this weekend; fall is upon us here in Chicago.  Can winter and snow blowingThumbnail for version as of 14:19, 5 September 2012 the driveway be far behind?  Good excuse (like I needed one) to plant myself on the couch and catch the Packers on Sunday.

Here are some articles and blog posts that I suggest for your weekend personal finance reading: 

Personal Finance Blogs

Phil Taylor looks at the issue Should You Payoff the Mortgage (s) Early? at PT Money.

Hank Coleman tells us Why Your Stay At Home Spouse Needs Life Insurance at Money Q&A.

Kevin Mulligan discusses the Disadvantages of Target Date Retirement Funds at Cash Money Life.

Posts from Fellow NAPFA members

Don Martin shows us the Best Way To Buy Bonds at FiGuide.com.

Anthony Farella writes about 401(k) Disclosure Coming To Your Statement at FiGuide.com.

Other articles from around the web

Chuck Jaffe provides 6 reasons to dump a bad mutual fund at Market Watch.com.

Kimberly Palmer tells us How to Market Your Business Online at usnews.com.

Aaron Pressman discussed Vanguard’s recent decision to switch index providers Vanguard dumps MSCI indexes from 22 funds to cut costs at MSN Money.

Phillip Moeller says that Estate-Tax Changes Would Affect More Than the Super Rich at usnews.com.

In case you missed it here is my latest post for the US News Smarter Investor Blog Using the “Four Percent Rule” for Retirement Planning. 

Here’s wishing everyone a great weekend.  

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Friday Finance Links September 21, 2012

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Greetings from the Twin Cities.  I’m on a two day road trip to attend our NAPFA Mix Group meeting.  A Mix Group is actually a study group of fellow fee-only financial advisors.  This is our semi-annual face-to-face meeting where we discuss various financial planning issues including investments, industry issues, and practice management issues.  This group has provided me with many great ideas that I have incorporated into my practice over the years.  I find them this group to be an invaluable resource in my quest to provide the best advice and service to my clients.

Here are some articles and blog posts that I suggest for your weekend personal finance reading: 

Personal Finance Blogs

Barbara Friedberg discusses Fidelity’s New Retirement Savings Guidelines at Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance.

Miranda tells us about 5 Mistakes That Kill Your Financial Aid Award at Bargaineering.

Matthew shows urges us to Save More for Retirement: 5 Easy Steps to Great Financial Security at Len Penzo.com.

Darwin says that The 401(k) is a Beautiful Thing So Stop Bashing It at Darwin’s Money.

Posts from Fellow NAPFA members

Jim Blankenship offers A Social Security Option Strictly For Divorced Folks at Figuide.com.

Claire Emory reveals a Solid Financial Planning vs. “Magical Thinking” at FiGuide.com. 

Other articles from around the web

Christine Benz shows us Best Practices for Bucketed Retirement Portfolios at Morningstar.com

Dan Solin exposes The Great Hedge Fund Myth  at US News.com.

Ian Salisbury cautions Buyer beware on levered ETFs at marketwatch.com.

In case you missed it here is my latest contribution to the US News Smarter Investor blog Rough Waters Ahead For Bond Funds? 

Here’s wishing everyone a great weekend.  

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