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Property Tax Takes the Return Out of Home Ownership

Homeowners all over the Chicagoland area received their annual bad news in the mail this week in the form of their property tax bill. For the past twenty years I’ve lived in Glen Ellyn, a small town with very little help from business sales tax to


The Big Lie

The Big Lie is that creating a higher standard of living leads to a higher quality of life. Having more money or nicer things allows you to pay for nicer things and borrow more money, but doesn’t mean you will have a better quality of


5 Bigger Risks Than The Stock Market

Sure you might lose money on any given day on a stock or stock mutual fund. What other risks are out there? Many people are taking much bigger risks than that and may not know it. Retirees earning too little or spending too much. Unfortunately

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10 Outstanding Ways to Save $$$

You have many options to fix up your finances, but these will have a significant impact: Cut your housing costs. These add up to about 33% of the average family’s budget. Refinance your mortgage to a lower interest rate if possible, increase the deductible on

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Does the American Dream Make Cents?

The American Dream has evolved over time from the right to liberty and pursuit of happiness to the ownership of material items, one of them being a home to call your very own. However, after paying a recent property tax bill for my home, I don’t know

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Why I Prefer Stocks to Bonds

For the past 30 years, interest rates have been moving down and bond prices have been going up.  Now, interest rates are at a level when the best case is they “stay flat” as there is not much room to go any lower. With the

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4 Expectations from President Obama’s Second Term

Americans have re-elected President Obama and he was inaugurated for a second term.   The president won the Popular and Electoral College vote.  President Obama has promised to bring our country together during a time when after he first term, our country has never been so

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Romney Wins – Then What?

When Romney Wins – Then What? Since Mr. Romney is well positioned to win the presidential election, I’ll take a few minutes to explain what I think might happen if Governor Romney is elected the 44th President of the United States. If Republicans also win