Fun Conservative Posters and Bumper Stickers

While, I don’t usually pass around political forwards, I loved this one!

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

There were Never Good Ole Days When it Comes to Personal Finance

After speaking to The Wife’s grandmother for hours this past weekend, I have come to a conclusion about money management, the past and all those that say the world is different today.   The conclusion is best said by one of the best song writers around (10 points for all those that can tell me whatContinue Reading

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

Want to See Your Marginal Tax Rate if Health Care Surtax Passes?

It almost seems inevitable at this point in our history that marginal tax rates will increase.  Now, they (read: government) wants to start charging a surtax? I am not sure why it is called a surtax rather than just calling it what it is – an increase of your income taxes. The Tax Foundation isContinue Reading

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