A Quintessential Rite of Passage…The Cost of Driving (Part II)

Last month our youngest son turned 16 and experienced that long awaited moment…he obtained his driver’s license! A euphoric experience for him, but frankly a somber reality for us as parents.  Last week I wrote about the steps required to obtain a driver’s license and the responsibilities that accompany the privilege to drive a vehicle.  […]

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A Quintessential Rite of Passage…Your Teenager’s Visit to the DMV (Part I)

My youngest, who recently received his Driver’s License, going for a cruise… Driver Education In Illinois, most people under age 18 learn to drive in high school or at a commercial driver training school licensed by the Secretary of State’s office. Commercial driver training schools in the Chicagoland area include Top Driver, Michael’s Driving School […]

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Your Kid is Only One Bad Choice Away

Last week, I had the opportunity to listen to Chris Herren, former NBA basketball player, speak at Glenbard High School’s Parent Speaker Night on substance abuse. One word – riveting.  As a father of teenagers, this presentation was especially timely. It should never have happened to him, just like it should never happen to your […]

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Your IRA or 401k Balance is Not all Your’s

Your IRA or 401k is partially yours and partially the property of the IRS. Unfortunately, the IRS doesn’t tell you what they get until you make a withdrawal. RETIREMENT PLAN REALITY CHECK IRA Balance               Marginal Tax Rates               Yours       […]

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Tax-Free Retirement

 We all know that the U.S. Government is $17 trillion in debt and has made trillions of dollars in Entitlement promises for which it has no money to pay. Forgive me if I don’t trust politicians not to come after my hard earned income and savings with new or higher taxes in the future to […]

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Should a Stock Market Drop Worry You?

  Last week, the stock market had its worst week in quite a while, including a 300 point sell off for the Dow. Is the next “correction“ finally underway for the  market? When people talk to me about “the market,” why is it they usually mean the U.S. large company indexes?  I guess they believe […]

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