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Mortgage vs. Investing

Submitted by Jason Lina on Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 9:00am

Should you invest with your spare cash or pay off your mortgage early? As with most financial planning decisions, the answer is not black and white.

One of the most common questions facing families is whether to accelerate mortgage payments or to borrow as much as possible, make minimum debt payments and save for retirement.

In a world without emotional or behavioral biases where we all rationally evaluate the economics and make choices based on probability-weighted outcomes, the math points to investing over debt elimination.

Wintering South To-Do's

Submitted by Tom Orecchio on Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 9:00am

The weather is supposed to get chilly (if not downright cold) and you may already have packed your bags to head south for the winter. Before you surrender to daydreams of sandals and shorts on New Year’s Day, here are a few smart tips to safeguard yourself and your property, if you plan to be away from your primary residence for the winter.

Second Home Considerations

Submitted by Heidi Clute on Friday, December 4, 2015 - 12:00pm

Daydreaming of owning a second, seasonal home? A mountainside vacation house with a fireplace or two, ski-in access and powdery slopes nearby or perhaps lakefront property with front porch and a sweeping view of the sunlight on the water? Sounds enticing, but fulfilling this dream takes attention to detail and a firm vision of your long-term goals.

Buy Commercial Real Estate?

Submitted by Rick Kahler on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 12:00pm

Want a good way to build wealth? Own commercial real estate. But only if you are willing to undertake due diligence that may not be readily available online, make a big hands-on commitment to mind the investment and exercise enormous patience.

Beware Home-Selling Myths

Submitted by Jim Blankenship on Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 9:00am

Like many folks, you sell a home only a few times in your life and so likely don’t know the potentially tricky rules and laws concerning real estate sales. Here are some half-truths, both new and established.

Buy or Rent a Home?

Submitted by Taylor Schulte on Monday, August 31, 2015 - 3:00pm

Do you fork cash over to a landlord in exchange for freedom of responsibility for residential maintenance, or take out a mortgage and shell out monthly for the pride – and eventually financial payoff – of homeownership?

The Fantasy Economy

Submitted by Brenda Wenning on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 9:00am

The summer weather and the media’s and Wall Street’s focus on positive economic news may have you feeling cheerier than usual these days. Two words: “Bah, humbug.” Or maybe, “Get real.”

Economy & Market: Linked?

Submitted by Joseph A. Clark on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 3:00pm

Summer rolls along, theme parks are open and lines for roller coasters are long. Wild rides are fun, but you probably want a more predictable path when investing. Let’s look at some parallels and distinctions between the equity markets, thrill rides and the overall economy.