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Four fates of your financial future

By Byron Moore, posted March 1, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, February 26, 2017.

Full piggy bank_sm.jpegQ: What will happen to money remaining in my 401K if I die? Does the company get that?

A: The good news is no, the company doesn’t get it. The bad news is…what do you mean “if”?

A 401K account has a beneficiary designation, meaning you get to decide before you die who gets anything remaining in it when you die. This is most often your spouse, but even if that’s the case, be sure you name a “contingent” beneficiary – meaning someone who gets the money if your spouse dies with or before you.

Podcast - Feeling financially overwhelmed – what to do? (3:24)

By Byron Moore, posted February 23, 2017

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

A certain amount of financial stress is fact of life in our modern world. So how do you handle those seasons of life when your financial circumstances threaten to overwhelm you?

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Position, Pace and Power – perform like a pro

By Byron Moore, posted February 21, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, February 19, 2017.

Chess position_sm.jpgQ: Being somewhat late to the retirement preparation game, I’m trying to put as much as I can into a rather aggressive set of mutual funds so as to maximize my return. I still have twenty years or so to go, but I kind of just got started. What else do I need to be thinking about?

A: Playing the entire game and finishing well.

Two weeks ago, 111 million people watched the Atlanta Falcons play 3 really good quarters of football against the New England Patriots. Unfortunately for them, the game lasted four full quarters. And an overtime. Looking dominant in the first two quarters, and still confident after three, the Falcons allowed the Patriots to claw their way back to tie the game by the end of regulation play.

The S&P 500s $20 trillion value... how did we get here?

By Mike Jones, posted February 16, 2017

As I was driving to work this past Monday morning, a reporter for Bloomberg Radio announced that the collective value of the S&P 500 had exceeded TWENTY TRILLION DOLLARS for the first time ever. 

The power and peril of compound interest

By Byron Moore, posted February 13, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, February 12, 2017.

compound interest_sm.jpgQ: I have always had a goal to have $1,000,000 in my investments. I’ve been at it for a while and I’ve finally gotten to $100,000 but that only puts me a tenth of the way there. I’m in my mid-30s and I don’t see how I’ll ever get there.

A: You need to understand the power of what you’re dealing with, but you also need to understand its potential for peril.

I’m talking about compounding interest, something Albert Einstein is often credited with calling “the eighth wonder of the world.” That’s probably an urban legend, by the way. A bit like Abraham Lincoln always complaining that his Twitter account kept getting hacked.

Podcast - Debt is a time machine (2:24)

By Byron Moore, posted February 9, 2017

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

Debt brings the future into the present…but at a cost.

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Beware the phantom

By Byron Moore, posted February 6, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, February 5, 2017.

family beach_sm.jpgQ: My husband and I both have good jobs. We have a young family and even though we have a nice life, it isn’t like we have a ton of money left over every month. But we’ve got friends that just seem like they are always taking nice vacations, driving new cars and live in really nice neighborhoods. Are they just up to their ears in debt? Is there something we are missing?

A: Yes there is. You may be missing your own life.

So…beware the phantom.

The phantom does not exist, but she is very, very real. The phantom is every person you know wrapped into one, but featuring only the best aspects of their lives.

Podcast - Titanic – make sure you have enough life boats (3:03)

By Byron Moore, posted February 2, 2017

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

How are the lifeboats on your financial ship?

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Career path – not so different from school years

By Byron Moore, posted January 30, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, January 29, 2017.

college freshman_sm.jpgQ: I am just getting started in my career. I want to make sure I’m doing the right things so that I can be taken seriously and maximize my opportunities. Got any advice for me?

A: Remember your freshman year in high school?

Yeah, that’s too painful to recollect, so let’s go straight to your freshman year of college. If you are new to your career, I assume your freshman year in college was just four or five years ago.

Trust me…on blinding, binding and unwinding

By Byron Moore, posted January 23, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, January 22, 2017.

money vault_sm.jpegQ: I am getting on up there in age and my children want me to put my assets in a trust. They say it will protect me and also keep the government from taking my money if I go into a nursing home. Is that true? Is it worth it? Sounds like a lot of trouble to me.

A: It is a lot of trouble. The question for you to answer is…is the trouble worth it?

Every time we put a new president in office, a phrase re-emerges into the popular lexicon that we haven’t used in four to eight years…”blind trust.”

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