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Running On Empty

Sep 30, 2015Tomas McFie

I don’t know about you, but I’ve run out of gas more than once in my life.  Early on, when I was still in high school and drove a red Ford pickup that didn’t have a working gas gauge, I ran out of gas more than I care to admit.  But as I got older …

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“The Mad Rush To Nowhere”

Sep 23, 2015Tomas McFie

Ever feel that the world keeps getting faster and faster?  Ever notice that your day is packed full but you seem to complete less?  Ever wonder that the more you undertake the fewer results you actually achieve? Recently a message was posted online that was spot-on. “Where will we go today so we can stare …

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Anniversaries

Sep 16, 2015Tomas McFie

Anniversaries can be awesomely cool or memorably haunting. On July 27 of this year my parents celebrated their 69th anniversary.  Mom slyly stated her secret was, “I’ve always let him have my own way.”   Michele’s parents celebrated their 50th on September 4th and Michele and I will celebrate our 25th anniversary on December 22.  I …

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Fees, Expenses and Limitations That Are Killing Your Retirement Ambitions

Sep 9, 2015Tomas McFie

Fees, fees and more fees seem to be the norm when planning for your retirement.  Which leads one to ask, “Are there any specific restrictions on how many fees or how big the fees can be?”  And the direct answer is NO!  However, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) does confine how large a fee …

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“Asset, Estate and Business Protection: And Why This Concerns YOU”

Sep 2, 2015Tomas McFie

“Say the wrong thing on Facebook or Twitter, and you might need to defend yourself in court.”[i] Someone accidently slips and falls on your property or you get involved in an accident a jury may end up awarding millions of dollars against you. Examples: a dog bite case in Maryland for $5.9 million; an Internet bulletin board …

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 “Would YOU Invest…Knowing the Odds?”

Aug 26, 2015Tomas McFie

A new bear market begins every 4.8 years on average.[i] Since 1929 there have been 16 bear markets, where a bear market is described as a 20% or more decline. The average bear market lasts 17 months and the time needed to recover from a bear market averages around 60 months.[ii] Knowing these simple facts …

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Planning For Success

Aug 19, 2015Michele McFie

If you want to be successful, you have to have a plan. If you don’t have a plan, you’re not going to be successful; it’s as simple as that. What about your friend’s birthday? If you want to have a birthday party, you must plan for it. You’ll need to decide when and where you’ll …

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How to NEVER Out Live Your Money

Aug 12, 2015Tomas McFie

Most Americans have enough money in their 401K to live three to six years, if they’re lucky, once they retire.[i]  Why?  The answer is simple.  People get discouraged and disillusioned when the earnings on their savings/investments don’t grow as fast as they had hoped due to market corrections, low interest rates, fees and penalties that …

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7 Levels of Control That Determine YOUR Success

Aug 5, 2015Tomas McFie

Being in control is key to becoming successful.  And being in control is different than merely thinking we are in control when others are really pulling our string. A man greatly admired by our current president and Hillary Clinton was a genius when it came to defining control.  We can learn a lot from this …

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“But What If the Currency Changes or Hyperinflation Occurs?”

Jul 29, 2015Tomas McFie

 If history teaches anything, it is that government cannot be trusted with the management of money.  When the value of a currency depends entirely on the judgment and conscience of politicians, disaster looms. It doesn’t matter if they are Roman emperors, French revolutionaries, or our own Continental Congress.  Issuing money faster than the reserves that …

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