Yearly Archives: 2009

How do the Morningstar Star Ratings Work? Are Morningstar Ratings Accurate?

How do the Morningstar Star Ratings Work? Are Morningstar Ratings Accurate?

I have discussed how I use the Free Morningstar Instant X-Ray tool, but Morningstar is more known for its mutual fund rating system.  Who hasn’t heard the terms, “5 Star Fund, 4 Star Fund, etc.” but what does that actually mean? How does Morningstar calculate the Star Rating System? Russel Kinnel, Morningstar’s Director of MutualContinue Reading

Gift Laws and Taxes Made Simple

Gift Laws and Taxes Made Simple

Most people just assume they can give away whatever they want in any situation; that is just not true. Ignoring gifting laws and taxes can cost you and your family a lot of money!  When gifting large sums of money there are federal tax implications one should keep in mind. Gift Tax Introduction What is aContinue Reading

When Calculating Life Insurance You Are Replacing Two Incomes!

When Calculating Life Insurance You Are Replacing Two Incomes!

Purchasing life insurance is a bigger discussion than just replacing one income…sometimes you have to replace two! Over the years I have watched a lot of my favorite personal finance bloggers talk about calculating life insurance need, and I never understood why their calculations only take into account replacing one income.  Two recent posts onContinue Reading

WSJ Teaches YOU how to Become A Billionaire; Hint: Ignore All “Normal” Advice

WSJ Teaches YOU how to Become A Billionaire; Hint: Ignore All “Normal” Advice

Gregory Zuckerman wrote an Article in the WSJ titled, “Greatest Trade: How Can you Make $20 Billion” which provides 8 easy steps to become a Billionaire.  Where did these steps come? Mr. Zuckerman follows two years of John Paulson’s work. The article is entertaining, but I’d love to read an autobiography if ever produces itContinue Reading