Can I Contribute to a Traditional IRA and a Roth IRA at the Same Time?

Both the Traditional IRA and the Roth IRA can be great tools for tax-advantaged retirement savings. So can you contribute to both at the same time?

Michael Reynolds | September 19, 2022

How to Use a Donor Advised Fund In Your Financial Plan

A Donor Advised Fund can offer many benefits and is worth exploring for those interested in long-term charitable giving.

Michael Reynolds | September 9, 2022

How to Manage Money as a Committed Couple

Managing money as a married or committed couple can come with challenges and benefits. Like most things in personal finance, there is no one right or wrong way to do it. We'll discuss some of the ways to approach money management in a committed relationship.

Michael Reynolds | August 29, 2022

How Big Should My Emergency Fund Be?

We've all probably heard the "3-6 months of expenses" rule of thumb for your emergency fund. But like most things in personal finance, it's not a one-size-fits-all. We'll talk through the nuances of how to think about how much should be in your emergency fund.

Michael Reynolds | August 1, 2022

How to Ask For a Raise

Talking about compensation can be uncomfortable for many. But avoiding the topic could leave you under-paid and under-appreciated. Let's talk about how to ask for raise in a way that is constructive, respectful, and productive.

Michael Reynolds | July 13, 2022

Does Socially Responsible Investing, ESG, and Impact Investing Really Make a Difference?

SRI/ESG/Impact investing is nuanced, complicated, and can be somewhat confusing. It can also be controversial. While there are many advocates for this way of investing, there are also plenty of detractors who claim that it’s simply “virtue signaling” or that it doesn’t make a difference.

Michael Reynolds, CFP®, CSRIC®, AIF®, CFT-I™ | June 17, 2022

My Favorite Easy-to-Launch Service Business Ideas

One of the best ways to improve your financial situation is to increase your income. We often think about cutting expenses first but this can be very difficult. Cutting expenses is a great place to start but there is only so much you can do.

Michael Reynolds | April 19, 2022

Budget Alternatives for People Who Don't Want to Budget

Let's face it, strict zero-based budgeting is not for everyone. No matter how beautiful and seductive your friends make YNAB (or Mint, or spreadsheets, or whatever) sound, you're just not going to do it. So what's the alternative? Are you doomed to a life of financial anarchy? Have no fear. There is hope for your cash flow even if you're not on the budget bandwagon.

Michael Reynolds | January 10, 2022

Why I Don't Use Credit Cards

Aside from very rare and specific circumstances, I don't use credit cards and I haven't since 2009. I know, I'm a total weirdo and most people can't understand how I can function as a human on planet Earth without credit cards. After all, 83% of people aged 30 - 49 own a credit card and over half the households in the U.S. carry credit card debt so I must be missing out, right?

Michael Reynolds | August 17, 2021