The Impact of Money Scripts on Your Financial Decisions

Our behavior related to money is driven by many factors. One factor can be our unconscious beliefs about money. These beliefs are called "money scripts," and they can significantly influence our habits and results with money.

Michael Reynolds | May 13, 2024

How Debt Can Sabotage Your Financial Future – Understanding the Negative Effects of Debt

Debt is not always bad, but it's often overused. Avoiding debt as much as possible is one of the best ways to avoid financial stress and make faster progress toward your financial goals.

Michael Reynolds | May 6, 2024

Can I Withdraw From My IRA for a Down Payment on a Home?

Are you dreaming of buying a new home but struggling to come up with enough money for a down payment? If you have an IRA, you might be tempted to dip into it to fund your dream. But can you actually withdraw money from your IRA for a down payment on a home?

Michael Reynolds | April 29, 2024

Understanding 401(k) Loans – How They Work and When to Consider One

If you've ever wondered whether you can borrow from your 401(k), the answer is likely yes, but it comes with a host of considerations. Before you consider borrowing from your 401(k), you need to understand the mechanics of 401(k) loans, the potential downsides, and the risks involved.

Michael Reynolds | April 22, 2024

What Home Improvements Increase Cost Basis (And Why You Should Care)

By maintaining detailed records of all home improvements, you can maximize your chances of increasing your adjusted costs basis as much as possible when selling your home, which can minimize the capital gains taxes you might pay.

Michael Reynolds | April 15, 2024

What's a "Normal" Down Payment for Buying a House?

There are some myths as well as pros and cons of different down payment percentages. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or looking to upgrade, understanding your option for a down payment will help you make informed decisions and find the right plan for your situation.

Michael Reynolds | March 18, 2024

How to Recognize (And Avoid) Scams

To protect yourself, you need to arm yourself with the tools and knowledge necessary to spot the red flags of a scam and the strategies to avoid these potentially devastating intrusions.

Michael Reynolds | March 11, 2024

How to Switch Banks (In 5 Steps)

Don't let inertia and the comfort of the status quo keep you from improving your bank experience. Switching banks is not that difficult and can make life easier if you put in a little time up front.

Michael Reynolds | March 4, 2024

Understanding Umbrella Insurance – What Does It Mean and Why Do You Need It?

Umbrella insurance is an important component of a comprehensive insurance portfolio. It provides an extra layer of liability coverage, protecting you from the financial consequences of lawsuits and potentially saving your assets.

Michael Reynolds | February 26, 2024