Real Safe Havens in a Volatile Market

Headline news continues to focus on a sharp drop in the stock market, particularly the tech-heavy NASDAQ index. The minutes of the latest Federal Reserve meeting revealed the leadership’s intent to raise interest rates soon. What the mainstream media doesn’t focus on is the bond market. Bonds are usually viewed as safe havens during normal…

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Winter: The Best Time for Real Estate Investing

The winter season is an excellent time to go hunting for an investment property. If you are interested in diversifying your financial investments, and you want to include some real estate, I have some tips for you today. 1.Winter in general is a good time to buy and invest in the real estate market. There…

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Using the VA Loan to Buy Multi-family Property

Is it possible to use a VA mortgage to buy a multifamily home? The answer is “yes” but certain conditions apply. The most important thing to remember when considering your VA loan options to buy multi-unit properties (including duplexes) is that your participating VA lender will require certain compliance with VA mortgage loan rules (and…

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January 2022 – Happy New Year!

I hope you had a joyous and fulfilling end to 2021. I also hope that you have an exciting 2022, and you reach those goals you set for yourself. I have a mentor who says, “People overestimate what they can do in a year, and underestimate what they can do in a decade.” What are…

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Merry Christmas 2021

I hope you and your family are enjoying this holiday weekend. I also want to leave you with some money-saving ideas for 2022. 1. Access to National Parks. If you are thinking about a vacation this coming year, one option is to visit our National Parks. The National Park Service offers free annual passes to active-duty military,…

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December 2021 – The Next Gold Price Surge

Precious metals are a form of real cash. They are dry powder when stock, bond, and real estate prices fall. With a stash of metal, you can buy up other investments at relatively low prices and increase your wealth a lot. Precious metals are also an inflation hedge, which has many investors scratching their heads.…

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High Yield Saving Strategies

As omicron fears and an accelerated Fed taper grip the market, many investors want to avoid the volatility of stocks. Risk tolerance is very personal. Your risk tolerance may dictate that you also invest in a safer way, too. If this is the case for you, or you want to save your emergency fund in…

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Veterans’ Day 2021 Discounts

This week we celebrate Veterans’ Day! For all our active-duty, reserve, national guard, and veteran military, this is a day to honor the sacrifices they make to defend our country and freedom. Below I’ve listed a number well-known businesses that offer free meals or other discounts for our veterans. I’ve also listed the dates: Nov.…

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November 2021 – Your Emergency Fund

Do you have an emergency fund? An emergency fund is the cash you save to pay for bona fide emergencies. With interest rates at historic lows, and consumer price inflation at 40-year highs, it’s difficult to find a place to store cash and preserve purchasing power. Standard savings accounts pay 0.1% annual interest, and even “high-yield”…

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An Important Myth to Dispel About Foreign Stock Investing

There is a common investing behavior known as home country bias. Those who save and invest their money often have the majority of it in their home country. The reason is because this is what they are comfortable with. Home country bias can hurt your saving plan. Most U.S. citizens have most of their investments in…

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