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What Would I Do If I Won the Lottery?

Last week, with the Powerball winner claiming the grand prize of $730 million and the Mega Millions at $1 billion, it got me thinking – what would I do if I won the lottery that much?  Doesn’t everyone wonder that every once in a while?  What would I do first with the money?  I know my wife wants a new backsplash in the kitchen, so I supposed we could get that done. Or buy the forever home. Should I claim the lump sum or the 30-year payout?  Do I tell my friends and family?  Do I tell my wife?  (Just kidding….sort of).  How do I ensure I don’t go bankrupt like a lot of lottery winners?  It all starts with putting together a plan.  Here are some initial thoughts on how I would react and what I would do.

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Luck and Risk: Two Sides of the Same Coin

I have heard Mark Cuban in many interviews – he doesn’t shy away from the microphone. In one interview a handful of years ago, he was asked if he could replicate what he did with Broadcast.com by building another successful company. His answer was interesting to me. Cuban was confident he could grow another company and sell it to them for a handsome profit. However, he went on to say, doing it during one of the biggest stock market bubbles of all time is just plain luck. “I couldn’t replicate that.”

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21 Financial Goals for 2021

I’m really good at contradicting myself and making sense (in my head) while doing it. For example, I am a big advocate of setting goals and creating a plan to achieve those goals. The simple process of creating a goal and an action plan to achieve it can help you accomplish a lot. I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions because they are usually a half-hearted self-improvement “goal” that we bail on by February. For example, every year, I tell myself I will swear less, say more positive things, and less negative things. I don’t make much progress.

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11 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Money

As a parent and a financial advisor, I feel a duty and obligation to teach my kids about money. It will be embarrassing for me if my kids aren't knowledgeable about money and finances by the time they are adults. Many of you are probably curious to learn effective ways to teach your kids about money as well. We all want our kids to grow up to be successful adults who make smart decisions, financial and otherwise. Today, we will walk through 11 ways to teach your kids about money so you can get them started on the right foot.

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Be Careful Acting on Predictions

Predictions date back to the beginning of time. As hunters and gatherers, we had to predict several things. We could catch dinner, the best method for detecting it, and what the weather would be like to plan accordingly. We had to predict where predators may attack from and the best defense strategy in case we get attacked. Making short-term predictions is built into our DNA as a form of survival. However, we as humans and the world around us has evolved. The same predictions that kept us alive for thousands of years don't always apply to personal finance and investing rules.

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Why Day Trading is a Bad Idea

2020 has been quite the year. Given the dynamics of it all, people have found themselves with more free time. Combine that with a volatile stock market, and many individuals have taken up the hobby of day trading stocks. In short, day trading is the act of buying and selling stocks in a short period, usually based on price movements and headlines.

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How Much Income Do I Need to Protect

One of the most overlooked components of financial planning is income protection. Income is the linchpin that holds your entire financial world together. Unless you are independently wealthy and don’t need to work anymore, you probably rely pretty heavily on your earnings. If this is the case, you should probably do everything in your power to ensure your income continues to flow, even if you are unable to work.

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