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Wisdom on Wealth

Learn to love your work

By Byron Moore, posted September 5, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, September 3, 2017.
 

superhero employee_sm.jpgQ: Last week you wrote about somebody who hates their job and wants to get out. Well, I don’t so much hate my job as I feel I am not reaching my potential. I work with nice people in a nice environment, but I don’t feel super useful. I don’t really want to leave my job, but I want to feel better about myself in my job. Does that make sense?

A: Totally. 

You may recall in last week’s column I drew from David Covey’s four secrets to a successful and fulfilling career: making enough money, making a contribution, having passion and making a difference.

Podcast - Late getting started (3:34)

By Byron Moore, posted August 31, 2017

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

So you’re late getting started planning for retirement. But you’re not done for.

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Escape that job you hate

By Byron Moore, posted August 29, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, August 27, 2017.
 

job hate_sm.jpgQ:  I hate my job. Absolutely hate it. But I have a family I support so I can’t leave. What do I do?

A: You feel trapped.

I’m not sure why…it may be your job. Or it may be you. No matter.

Either way, you must be free. Just make sure you don’t jump out of one trap straight into another.

Podcast - Givers, takers and other kinds of inheritors (3:59)

By Byron Moore, posted August 24, 2017

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

A significant part of that parental commitment is how you choose to plan your estate. Don’t assume that simply adding everything up and dividing by two is the right thing to do.

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When should I begin taking my Social Security?

By Byron Moore, posted August 21, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, August 20, 2017.
 

SSA money_dm.jpgQ:  When should I begin taking my Social Security?

A: If you’ll tell me how long you’re going to live, I can give you a perfect answer to that question.

For everyone else, we’re going to have to make an informed guess.

Budget tools?

By Byron Moore, posted August 14, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, August 13, 2017.
 

budget app_sm.jpgQ:  I know I should get on a budget. What’s the best app for that?

A: You say you know you should get on a budget.

But why do you say that?

After all, budgeting can be a pain. You already know that, or you’d already be on one. So why should anyone go to all the trouble of getting on a budget?

A budget is a spending plan. It may be simple enough to write on the back of an envelope. Or it may be so complicated that it fills up an electronic spreadsheet.

Podcast - More than one way to rob a bank... Cypress & The Fed (3:37)

By Byron Moore, posted August 10, 2017

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

The Cypriot and US governments both make money by taking it from depositors. One is just smoother about it than the other.

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Pre-paying my mortgage – wise financial move?

By Byron Moore, posted August 7, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, August 6, 2017.
 

Mortgage and savings_sm.jpgQ:  Should I be pre-paying my mortgage?

A: Why would you want to do that?

That’s not a definite “no.” But I do not consider “mortgage acceleration” a one size fits all piece of financial advice everyone should follow.

Podcast - Debt among the young and old (2:33)

By Byron Moore, posted August 3, 2017

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

Helping the young person in your life stay on the right side of debt is one of the most significant life lessons you can pass on to them.

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Care giving for the elderly

By Byron Moore, posted July 31, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, July 30, 2017.
 

elder care_sm.jpgQ:  My husband and I are still relatively healthy, but we’ve told each other we don’t want to spend any of our days in a nursing home. It seems like it would be cheaper to just care for one another at home. Is that right? Which costs more – getting care at home or care in a nursing home?

A: That depends on whether you are counting just dollars, or whether time, energy and health are among the costs you are considering.

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