Watch Out for Senior Fraud and Scams

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It’s sad, but true: Seniors are often targets of financial fraud, and it is costing them big.

According to the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, the average senior victim of fraud loses about $140,500.  That’s a fairly significant amount of money, especially considering that many seniors are living on a fixed income.

If you have older relatives, it’s important to be on the look out for financial abuses and outright fraud.

Here are some of the senior fraud and scams to be on the watch for:

Social Security and Medicare Scams

One of the ways that many seniors are scammed is through fraudsters claiming to be associated with Social Security and Medicare.
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Investment Strategies During a Bear Market

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As an investor, you might have heard of a bear market.

This is actually a market condition wherein the prices of securities are falling.  There is widespread pessimism within investors about the market.  Because of this negative feeling, investors would continue to sell due to the anticipation of losses.

This only leads to growing pessimism.

Despite this fact, there are still ways to make money from a bear market; or at the very least not to lose money from investments.

Before going into that, you have to completely understand what a bear market really is.

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What is the Most Efficient Way to Use Dollar Cost Averaging?

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Previously on Free from Broke, Glen has touched on the subject of dollar cost averaging as an effective way to buy new shares of mutual funds for retirement accounts (401ks and IRAs) several times.

Indeed, from an emotions and mathematical standpoint, dollar cost averaging makes sense.

Because of the simplicity and sensibility of the method, it is safe to say that there is a large amount of people who believe in and employ dollar cost averaging on a frequent basis to invest for retirement. So, after being convinced of the merits of this investing strategy, the important question then becomes…

What is the Most Efficient Way to Employ Dollar Cost Averaging?

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Five Habits That Keep You From Achieving Your Goals

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For every successful novelist, blogger, business owner, Olympian, inventor, and innovator you can name, there are countless individuals who never made it to the top of their game.

While luck and talent play an important part in these success stories, these individuals have ultimately succeeded because they have gotten out of their own way.  They have conquered these five bad habits that can keep even the most talented individual from achieving greatness:

The Five Habits That Keep You From Achieving Your Goals

1. Failing to plan.

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Good High Yield Dividend Stocks Are Better Alternatives to Bonds Today

The markets continue to be volatile.

With the European countries still struggling to figure their way out of the debt mess, and even the well regarded bank like JP Morgan taking large losses on their hedging activities, it is understandable that some investors may decide move their assets to the relative safety of the bonds.

However, this safety is illusory.

The Inverse Relationship Between Bonds and Interest Rates

This is one of the fundamental principle of bond investing.  It is well understood but still bears repeating.

The value of a bond goes up when the interest rates are low and it goes down when the interest rates are high.
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7 Money Mistakes That Can Keep You from Achieving Your Goals

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Schools don’t do a very good job when it comes to teaching basic money management skills. 

If we want to learn how to handle money we pretty much have to rely on the example set by our parents, as well as our own experiences of trial and error.

If we’re lucky we figure things out early and get a head start on the path to financial freedom.  But all too often we fall into the same money traps that keep so many other people from achieving their dreams.

If you want to take control of your finances and start building wealth you need to avoid these common money mistakes…

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Should I Climb The Corporate Ladder Or Start My Own Business?

When it comes to accumulating wealth, there are 3 main ways to go about it.

  • One, you can work for someone else, get paid a salary and try to save some money with every paycheck;
  • Two, you can make your money work for itself by investing it wisely;
  • And three, you can start your own business and become your own boss.

The 3 choices above are not all equally effective.  In fact, I would say that investing your money wisely and starting your own business are the only truly scalable ways to make money.

First off, what do I mean by scalable?

Let’s take your day job as an example.  If you work for someone else, chances are you are either paid by the hour or paid a fixed salary.  As a result, since there are only 24 hours in a day, there’s is only a finite amount of money that you can possibly make in a given year.

Sure, you might get a small raise from year to year, but in reality you will never be able to make “life changing” money with just your day job.

Now I’m not saying that having a day job is bad.

After all, having a steady salary is an excellent way to make ends meet and pay the bills.  But the best way to expand your pool of wealth is by starting your own business and investing the money that you do accumulate.

The Trap Of Working For Someone Else

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