Will my husband's financial advisor be able to learn about my personal credit card debt when reviewing our finances and joint tax return?

No, your financial adviser will only have access to information approved and provided by you and your husband. This information may come out if you and your husband were to submit your credit reports to the adviser for. . . .

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Should I take money out of my 401(k) to pay off my house and save money on the mortgage payments in retirement?

The answer to this question will also depend on how much money you have in your 401(k), what your Social Security benefit is expected to be, and how much your annual expenses will be in retirement. If you have a sizable 401(k) (think more than 15x to 20x your annual . . . .

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I am saving for a down payment for a house; should I keep the money in my savings account or move it somewhere different?

Considering you have a 3-year timeline, a standard savings account isn't optimal due to the low interest rates being unlikely to keep up with inflation. A money market savings account or certificate of deposit would be a better to consider. If you are comfortable with taking on more risk . . . .

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How should I get out of debt?

Other than the credit card debt, your other debt and your housing costs actually look quite good. If you can get the credit card debt paid off, you'll be doing very well financially. Your best bet is to make minimum payments on your student loans and your car loan and put everything you can . . . .

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Should I take a lower salary working for my family or pursue a higher paying job for a good company?

From your question, it seems like you truly think working for the bank is the right choice, and I agree. You are not the only person who is going through a situation like this, although it might feel that way. I am also a professor of entrepreneurship and at least once a year I have a student . . . .

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Should my wife and I deplete our cash reserves, withdraw from my 401(k), or use a HELOC to finance home improvements?

I would be hesitant to pay for the home improvement either through withdrawing from a retirement account or getting a HELOC. Both options will increase your risk and harm your ability to enjoy a comfortable retirement over the long-term. There are other recommendations you should . . . .

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What is the safest way to earn a higher interest rate on our money than by using our traditional savings account or a money market account?

In order to stay within your "safest" criteria, you would want to stick with an FDIC or NCUA insured account. You can get slightly higher interest rates by shopping around for high-interest savings accounts from online banks and credit unions. Currently (November 2018), rates on savings accounts are….

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Do Credit Cards Charge Interest on New Purchases If One Is Paying Off a Balance?

When credit cards carry a (any) balance they charge interest on the entire amount, even purchases, on a daily basis. So there is a difference, because the client in scenario B would accrue interest daily on the purchases they made that month, while in scenario A they are only accruing interest . . . .

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If a private individual leases a property to a non-profit, is there an exemption for property taxes for the term of the lease?

Simply leasing a property to a non-profit will not, on its own, exempt a private individual from having to pay property taxes. Since property taxes are state taxes, the exemption will depend on the laws in your individual state. Non-profits are exempt from all state property taxes because. . . .

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How To Keep The Recent Market Drops From Ruining Your Financial Plan

The end of last week saw a stock market drop which has many spooked and supposed experts have been using words like ‘market crash’, ‘historic drop’, and ‘recession’. Here are the 5 things you should do to keep the market downturn from ruining your financial plan.

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What are the pros and cons of annuities versus stocks?

Despite what you might hear, there are some very good ‘pros’ in favor of annuities. But, there are also a lot of very big ‘cons’ with buying an annuity. Annuities provide a fixed income until you die, which is very attractive for retirees. With a fixed annuity, the fact the insurance company is taking. . . .

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Are there any sure proof ways to safeguard my nest egg and rental business?

There are no sure proof ways to safeguard a nest egg, but there are things you can do which will improve your protections and increase the safeguards. Below are some general recommendations which can help you see what tools are available to you to protect your wealth based on the. . . .

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