Category: investments

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Groggy Thursday Morning Money – More Coffee Please?

Man oh man, for some reason this morning I cannot get motivated to do anything. Well, I guess I am motivated enough to put this quick list together, but other than that, I cannot get moving. Three cups of coffee into this morning and still….ugh. But reading some of my favorite financial blogs this morning I came across 4 interesting articles.

First up, 2million – My Journey to Financial Freedom bites off another 0% Balance Transfer with Balance Transfer Fees and explains the math behind the decision.

Next is The Simple Dollar with yet another great post titled Why Income Inequality Matters: Motivation.

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Stocks you should be buying RIGHT NOW according to The Motley Fool.

The Motley Fool says that you should be buying and not trading the following stocks right now:

What makes a great company? That’s the rub. There can be a lot of ways to measure greatness. eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY) and Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV), for example, have high net promoter scores. Coca-Cola and Nike (NYSE: NKE) have nearly unmatched brand and marketing savvy. Boeing (NYSE: BA) and 3M have long histories of innovation. Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) and Genentech (NYSE: DNA) have strong corporate cultures and are among Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For.

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A Free Retirement Checkup from a Financial Advisor

For anyone looking for a quick checkup of their retirement planning to see if they are on track for the future, Kiplinger’s and NAPFA (National Association of Personal Finance Advisors) are having their 5th annual “Jump-Start Your Retirement Plan Days” on Tuesday January 16th and Friday January 26th, from 9am to 6pm eastern time. This event offers free retirement planning advice over the phone to anyone…they have financial planners just sitting around all day waiting to hear your questions and help you figure it all out. Pretty cool, no? Normally financial planning costs hundreds of dollars, but on these 2 days they will answer your questions for free.

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Video on what is new with Google Finance

I love Google finance, can I just tell you that? And I love it even more now that they have updated it with all sorts of new features. Google has been kind enough to post a kooky little video about the new features they have.

If you don’t have the time to watch this video, here are some of the new features that make Google Finance even better:

Now, in addition to recent quotes and today’s news, your Google Finance homepage includes a more detailed market summary, market performance, and top movers modules.

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Free Financial Planning Kit from the Government.

Even the government wants you to plan out your finances (to be sure you pay your taxes, no doubt) and are offering up a free financial planning kit via download. From the site:

“Imagine putting aside extra money each month. Don’t think it’s feasible? Look no further than the coins rattling around in your pocket. Learn about the different ways you can develop and improve your savings, investment, and retirement strategies with this free kit.”

And yes, it is legit and it is from the government, so give it a shot and see if it can help you in any way. You can get the financial kit at the Federal Citizen Information Center.

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