Using Ellis Island Records to Find Relatives for Free

I don’t know much about my dad’s family history, so any insight always excites me.  My dad has a limited knowledge but it isn’t his fault.  My Papou (Grandfather in Greek) was the youngest of eight and was 60 when my dad was born!  So if you do the math it is possible that all ofContinue Reading

Be Careful When Attempting Faith Based Investing

Faith Based Investing is starting to get some press and investment companies are hearing the call, creating funds to meet that demand.  While I am Christian (Greek Orthodox to be exact) I am not a hardcore religious guy, so I don’t really get the desire to have a faith based portfolio, but more importantly, I don’t thinkContinue Reading

What are Deferred Annuities? Fixed vs. Variable Deferred Annuities

Annuities are easy to understand.  I already introduced the simple single premium annuity but like most things in life it gets a little bit more sophisticated.  Notice that I say sophisticated not complicated; Deferred Annuities are easy if you look at them the way I do!  There are zealots on both sides of Deferred annuities, IContinue Reading

What are Annuities? An Introduction to Immediate Annuities

Understanding Annuities makes it easier for you to make an informed decision rather than just listening to an advisor or worse a talking head on television.  Annuities often bring up strong emotions when they really shouldn’t, it is nothing more than a financial product often issued by insurance companies.  The definition of an annuity isContinue Reading

Most People that Tell You They Don’t Want to be Wealthy are Lying

This post is completely inspired by a post by a recent tongue in cheek post (I swear I have never used that saying before, and I don’t think I will again) by Joe over at Personal Finance by The Book.  Joe starts the post by telling a story, I have a friend who told me, “Joe,Continue Reading

Evan By Numbers May 2010

One of the main reasons that I started this blog was to hold myself accountable, since I truly believe that Accountability Leads to Success when dealing with personal finance and me.. it is even in my FIRST post from August 2008 it is right there in the first sentence of published work on this blog! I updatedContinue Reading