I Recently Paid Off My Student Loans 3 Years Early – Here’s How I Did It

As I discussed in a previous post, the average college student graduates with somewhere between $30,000 to $40,000 in student loans, with no indication of tuition growth rates slowing any time soon. Typically, these loans are scheduled to be paid off in 10 years, or 120 monthly payments. If you’re anything like me, you understand …

Is Your Financial Advisor a Fiduciary?

By Adam Oerther, CFP® After writing my last blog post about lessons to be learned from the Great Recession, I realized I missed the opportunity to shed light on a fascinating trend currently going on in the financial advisory industry—the shift toward fiduciary advice and investment management. This trend gained national attention back in 2016 …

Ten Years On: Four Personal Finance Lessons Learned from the Great Recession

By Adam Oerther, CFP® Officially, the “Great Recession” was the period between December 2007 and June 2009 when the U.S. economy contracted by 4.2%. Over 8 million jobs were lost, and unemployment rose to 10%. Many who bought homes in 2006 and 2007 suddenly found themselves “underwater” in their mortgages (owing more on their homes …

I Have a Love/Hate Relationship with Volatility

By Adam Oerther, CFP® As most of you know, the stock market was quite volatile in 2018, particularly in the last quarter. For some of you, this volatility may have invoked feelings of worry or nervousness over the future of the market; others may have felt indifferent about it, as the stock market is known …

Previous Employer Retirement Plans [401(k), 403(b), Etc.] – What Do You Do With Them?

by Adam Oerther, CFP® One employee benefit companies often use to attract and retain talent in the workforce is access to a retirement plan, such as a 401(k), 403(b), or SIMPLE IRA plan. These types of plans allow you to make pre-tax contributions, which not only lower your taxable income for the year but also …

How Do People Get “Rich”?

by Adam Oerther, CFP® While the definition of “rich” is different for everyone, just about all lifestyles require money. Being able to sustain these lifestyles without having a recurring income (i.e. a salary), particularly during your retirement years, requires an accumulation of resources from which you can fund the activities you need and want to …

What is Bitcoin? Should I Invest?

by Adam Oerther, CFP® If you watch or read the news on an even semi-regular basis, chances are you have come across the term Bitcoin at least once or twice. Considering the price of Bitcoin has skyrocketed this year, with the year-to-date return at over 1000% as of December 8th, it’s no wonder the mass …

Investing vs. Trading – What is the Difference?

by Adam Oerther, CFP® When people find out someone works in investments, that person receives a number of reactions: “So, when is the next correction coming?” “Which stocks should I buy right now?” “How will [some political situation] affect the stock market?” These questions are interesting, not because they are silly or unreasonable (who wouldn’t …

End-of-Year Tax Planning Strategies

No matter your political leanings, paying taxes is a fact of life and an integral part of modern society. However, the federal government recognizes many different tax-advantaged strategies that lower your tax bill when the time to file comes around each year. This article will focus on a few of the more popular of these …

A Personal Solution to a National Problem

It is no secret that college students today are graduating with unprecedented levels of student loan debt. According to Forbes, the total student loan debt currently sits at just over $1.3 trillion, with the average student from the Class of 2016 holding $37,172 of that debt. With no clear signs of tuition rates stabilizing in …