Ask The Financial Doctor with Chuck Price

Retirement Lessons You Don't Want to Learn The Hard Way

We've all heard the saying, "From every mistake comes a lesson learned", and I'm sure we can all agree with that. As a financial advisor, I see it as my job to help my clients learn lessons without having to make mistakes, but rather learn from history, and the mistakes of others. Along those lines, I wanted to present some retirement lessons that retirees before you have learned, and lessons that would be valuable for you to avoid in your retirement lifetimes. [...]

When Even the Seemingly Best Financing Option Is a Bad Idea

We are approaching the season of cheer, and the season and spending, oftentimes, on ourselves as well as others. This means that, for many people, this is the season for financing. Now we all know the dangers of credit card debt, and the high interest rates that can quickly make payments become unmanageable. But what about the good kind of financing? The financing terms with all of the zeros: 0 down, 0 interest for 36 months, 0 due at signing, etc? [...]

What Are Your Best 401(k) Moves?

Many of us focus on our 401(k) as a major source of retirement funds throughout our careers. We calculate employer matches, we watch some of our paychecks funnel into each month, we follow all of the best practice advice for building up our 401(k) nest egg as best we can. But, once you've built that nest egg, and retirement comes knocking, what exactly should you be doing with that 401(k)? What's the best move to make? [...]

Understanding Your Employee Benefits Program

When many of us think about what our job provides, we immediately think of a salary. It's the most obvious form of compensation. It's a number that is added to our bank accounts each month. It's easy to add up, and easy to compare to other jobs, people, and opportunities. But, it is only one small part of your employment benefits. The political climate in the past decade has placed a spotlight on health insurance, and costs associated with it. [...]

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