January 31, 2018
best retirement plan

Picking the Best Retirement Plan for the Self-Employed Business Owner

One of the biggest benefits you will enjoy if you are self-employed is that there are more (and some would argue better) retirement options and plans available to you than are available to most taxpayers. You still have the ability to use the ROTH IRA and Traditional IRA. But being self-employed gives you three additional retirement savings options: SEP IRA, SIMPLE IRA, and Solo-K. With all these choices, how do you know which is the best retirement plan for the business owner like you? We will explore the pros and cons.
January 24, 2018
when to sell your stocks

The Stock Market is High… Should I Sell My Stocks?

The media is excited to say that the stock market is at an all-time high. This news has us wondering, is it time… “should I sell my stocks?” This is a reasonable question and one I answer almost every day. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index has grown almost 300% percent since hitting bottom in early 2009, and people want to know if it’s time to be a bull or a bear.
January 17, 2018
Communicating with a financial planner

Top 3 Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Financial Advisor

Choosing a financial advisor can seem overwhelming when you first start…especially if you’ve never delved into the financial world yourself. It can be tough knowing what to look for. However, there are some strategies that you can utilize to find the advisor that gels with your needs the most and will help you reach your ultimate goal. Making use of these three questions will undoubtedly land you with the advisor that can help you trek down the path you desire.
January 15, 2018

5 Steps to Take When Your Financial Advisor Retires

If you’ve received a letter or phone call about your financial advisor retiring, you may be scratching your head, thinking, “What do I do next?” For the last several years, the number of financial advisors has steadily been decreasing. In 2008, there were roughly 325,000 financial advisors. By 2014, that number decreased to roughly 285,000.
January 10, 2018
My Personal House

Do Extra Mortgage Payments Really Help?

When it comes to paying your mortgage everyone knows you can save money on the interest by shelling out a little more and applying it to the principal. That means additional principal payments benefit you later on, right? You may also view one dollar today as the same dollar tomorrow. However, that’s not technically true. It depends on how much and why you spend it. If that seems a little confusing, let me break it down a bit more for you.  That way you’ll know how much you really are or are not saving.
January 1, 2018
Financial New Years Resolutions

18 Financial New Year’s Resolutions for 2018

We all do it at the beginning of every year; make resolutions with the intention of keeping them. And while you have kissed 2017 goodbye, it doesn’t mean you’re ready to tackle 2018, especially when it comes to your finances. So we here at Financially Simple decided to help you become happy, healthy and wealthy (to some degree) with 18 tips to help you clearly define and keep your financial New Years resolutions for 2018.