• Pay Yourself First. Always.

    This week’s MKFP is inspired by the Black Hedge Fund Group. Nearly half of all Americans say they cannot afford an unexpected $400 expense and nearly half of all Americans say $400 is too much if they had to come up with that amount in an unexpected emergency. 47% of […]

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  • Purchases as Trade-Offs

    Be clear about how you think of money and how you spend it. Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it can certainly make you comfortable. Let’s consider the time it takes you to earn money. Let’s say you earn $15 an hour at your job, and you’re considering purchasing a TV […]

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  • Financial Goals

    Any time that we want to change our financial picture, we need to start by setting financial goals. Many people look at the New Year as a good time to begin making changes and creating new financial habits. In order for our changes and goals to be successful, we should […]

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  • Trusts and Wills

    Continuing the theme of getting your house in order by focusing on one task at a time, your family’s financial footing can be established before February. Last week we highlighted life insurance. This week let’s consider trusts and wills. Fact is, most Americans don’t have a will, let alone a […]

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  • The Four Seasons of Financial Planning

    As winter comes to an end and we head into the spring/summer, a parallel can be drawn between the seasons of weather and the seasons of money. There are four financial seasons of life that include accumulation, preservation, distribution and succession. Approaching your finances with these four seasons in mind […]

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  • Year-End Financial Freedom

    Consider your relationship with money and how you’ve used it. The point of this introspection is to try and understand your relationship with money and how you use it in your life – understand the areas where you’re weak, the areas where you’re strong, and how you can improve the […]

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  • What is Financial Freedom?

    Most individuals are instructed to get an education and then a job.  Then, after landing a solid job, the recommendation is to save a percentage of each paycheck for the next 40+ years until retirement.  This linear path from school until death, means spending the majority of each day at […]

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  • Credit Scores

    The author James Baldwin said it’s very expensive to be poor. We often pay more for everyday goods and services depending on where we live. In this age of predatory short term pay day loans and high interest credit cards we must be mindful of our credit. A few late […]

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  • Debt As A Devil

    As Copts, we don’t subscribe to or have a doctrine surrounding a devil. However, if there be such a creature or idea, consider debt as your devil and don’t allow the devil to linger around you. Develop your financial plan and start your journey toward being devil-free. One approach worth […]

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  • Let Your Refund Work For You

    It’s tax time again. Here’s a reminder on a way to hold onto your lump sum and put it to work for you. Consider rolling your tax refund or a portion of into a CD (certificate of deposit). You can then use your CD as collateral to borrow money short […]

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