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Understanding Series

The complete series of all the major finance situations we deal with in life. This is a detailed series that doesn’t miss anything.

Understanding Bankruptcy: The Reasons for Filing and the Results

Understanding Bankruptcy: The Reasons for Filing and the Results

There are around 1,000,000 bankruptcies every year in the US.

Obviously, it’s a problem. A problem that can be avoided, but if you’re past the avoiding stage, it may be your best option.

Let’s dive in and discuss the different types of bankruptcy, when to file, when not to file, and the effects of filing.

Understanding Life Insurance: Your Options and What’s Best for You

Understanding Life Insurance: Your Options and What’s Best for You

Let’s get this out of the way: it’s only called life insurance to make you feel better. It’s death insurance, folks.

Now that we understand what it’s actually for, what exactly does it do?

And who needs life insurance anyways? Just employees? Stay-at-home spouses? Children?

Let’s go over everyone who may need it, and those unique situations.

Understanding Mortgages: Buying, Renting and Paying Off Your Home

Understanding Mortgages: Buying, Renting and Paying Off Your Home

“Renting is throwing your money away.”

“Buying ties you down and locks up money that could’ve been invested.”

“When you buy a home, pay it off as fast as possible.”

“If you do buy, don’t pay off your home early. It’s better to invest the money.”

These are just a few of the ideas floating around the web. It makes the choices so easy, doesn’t it?

These are difficult topics that require slightly complex (but not scary-complex) answers.

Let’s dive in to theses topics, and decide what’s best for you.

Understanding Retirement Plans: Your Options and What’s Best for You

Understanding Retirement Plans: Your Options and What’s Best for You

Retirement is always an interesting topic.

It may be so far in the future that you haven’t really thought about it, it could be closer than you care to admit, or you could technically be retired right now.

It doesn’t matter how old or young you are. The fact is, you need to start thinking about retirement now. Today.

You need to know your options. So I’m going to explain what they are and what to do.

Here’s what you need to know about retirement and planning for it…

Understanding Debt: How and Why to Live Without Debt

Understanding Debt: How and Why to Live Without Debt

You’ve heard both extremes: “debt is a tool” and “debt is pure evil”.

I’m not that extreme, but I do lean towards the second option.

It’s often believed that debt can be used as leverage, and that it can get you where you want to go faster than living debt-free. That can be true, but living with debt can also get you bankrupt faster than living without debt.

Yes, all reward has risk, but this one may not be worth it.

Let me clarify. Here’s why I think debt is a bad idea and how it’s possible to live without debt…

Understanding Consumerism: How to Save Money in a World of Spending

Understanding Consumerism: How to Save Money in a World of Spending

Consumerism has turned into an addiction.

As a society, we are addicted to consumption. We consume products, food, things…at an alarming rate.

I’m starting this “Understanding Series” with consumerism for a reason. I’m going to go in-depth with every area of your finances throughout this series, but it all starts right here.

If you don’t understand consumerism and how to get out of the trap, you will lack in every other area of your finances.

Here it is: how to set yourself apart from the average consumer. How to be a savvy consumer…

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