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Build Income Streams In Case You’re Fired!

One striking revelation from the presidential election process this year was the sharp contrast between people who think the U.S. is in pretty good shape and those who feel the country never recovered from the last recession. Politics aside, the U.S. is in its 89th straight month of economic expansion. The longest post-World-War-II economic expansion […]

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Eliminate Car Payments From Your Life (And Never Go Back)

If you want to get serious about taking control of your financial life so you can build wealth, it’s time to eliminate car payments. Car payments are a persistent nag on the lives of many U.S. consumers. But they don’t have to be, and shouldn’t be even with super-low interest rates. Because they crush your monthly […]

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List Of Debt-Free S&P 500 Companies

  How much debt is on the balance sheet? That’s one of the first questions I answer when I’m evaluating a stock. Companies borrow money for a myriad of reasons including to launch business lines, fund acquisitions, fund operations, and sometimes to fund distributions to shareholders. Smart MBAs sit in office suites and perform elaborate spreadsheet […]

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Is It Smart To Use A Home Equity Loan To Invest?

Update: I recently used Lending Tree to find the most competitive HELOC rates (you get multiple quotes by different lenders). Good choice for mortgage and car refinance rates are good too. Interest rates have been at low levels for quite some time now. Money is still cheap. The big banks are eager to lend money, but they’ve […]

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6 Debt-Free Dividend Growth Stocks

One of the very first posts I wrote on this blog was called A Brief History of My Debt. I thought if I was going to write about money online, I should at least show that I’ve been mostly responsible with spending and saving. Street cred, if you will. Little did I know, momentous debt payoff […]

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Featured On Debt Free Guys

Quick post today to point you over to the Debt Free Guys blog. John and David have been kind enough to feature me on their Money Masters series. THANK YOU!!! Click here to read the entire post. Please check it out! In the post, you’ll learn more about my story, my point of view as […]

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Extra Mortgage Payments: Math vs. Comfort

Track your net worth and debt repayment strategy with Personal Capital. The best tool on the internet for tracking your investments and cash flow. Best of all, it’s 100% free.  Currently I am not making any extra mortgage payments to my primary residence or investment property mortgages.  This fact makes me uncomfortable and a little […]

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A Brief History of My Debt

As a general rule, I am against using debt to buy things. Long ago my Dad explained that it is best to pay off credit cards every month. He told me this before I even understood what carrying a balance meant.  The one exception I hold for debt usage in personal finance is real estate. […]

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