Author Archives: Brian Loy

About Brian Loy

Brian Loy writes insightful and inspiring articles about the ever-changing world of personal finance and the global trends that affect the risk and return on investments and shape the financial- and retirement-planning process.

Financial Resolutions for 2020

The majority of Americans are setting financial resolutions now. According to a survey by Fidelity Investments, the most popular resolutions are saving more money (53 percent of respondents), paying down debt (51 percent) and spending less (35 percent). Whether you … Continue reading

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Financial New Year’s Resolutions for 2020

The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions originated with the ancient Babylonians about 4,000 years ago. Promises were made to their gods to pay debts and return all borrowed objects. If these promises were kept, they believed their gods would … Continue reading

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Year-End Financial Review: How to Avoid Financial Complacency

It’s that time of the year again, and while you may have had a strong financial year, don’t fall into the financial complacency trap. The U.S. stock market is up with the S&P 500 and Wilshire 5000 recently posting their … Continue reading

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The Season of Charitable Giving

The year is almost over, and it’s time to make a few important decisions before 2020 begins. According to Cerulli Associates, a research firm that specializes in global asset management, a significant wealth transfer is expected to occur over the … Continue reading

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Everything You Need to Know About Medicare

Retirement can spur more life satisfaction, relaxation, freedom, free time and travel opportunities. In retirement, however, health often replaces money as the number one priority. As we age, healthcare becomes more expensive, and it’s important to have the right plan … Continue reading

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Aging Parents: How to Prepare for Their Financial Future

In our adult years, we may encounter two distinctly memorable moments. The first is the moment we realize we sound like our parents when speaking with our children or friends. It’s usually funny because you scratch your head and say … Continue reading

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Top Alternative Funding Sources for College or Vocational School

Time flies, and before you know it, our children grow up to begin their careers as young adults. We don’t know what career they may pursue or if that future career even exists today. However, one of our duties as … Continue reading

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The Financial Stages of Life

Life and money are entwined and it’s important that they are addressed together. Financial planning should be specific to personal financial goals and priorities. Yet there are common areas for most people – three major financial life stages that are … Continue reading

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Four Fundamental Investment Principles in a Down Market

We are currently in the longest U.S. economic expansion in history going on 122 months. We have had 107 consecutive months of job growth and the unemployment rate of 3.7 percent sits around the lowest level since 1969. The stock … Continue reading

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Essential Tips to Boost your Retirement Savings

When planning for retirement, it’s easy to say you will save more money, follow a budget or even invest. Yet, if there is no set plan in place, it can be the perfect procrastination recipe which often leads to financial … Continue reading

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