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What is Your Personal Rate of Inflation?

One of the charges given to the Federal Reserve (FED) is to “control” inflation using monetary policy. They have, in an apparent attempt to make us believe them, defined their own measure of inflation, the “Personal Consumption Expenditure,” or PCE. This is, in fact, another way to deceive the public by informing them that they should not believe their own lying eyes.

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Fixing Social Security

As it stands now, social security is scheduled to run out of money by 2034. If that is allowed to happen, about 62 million recipients, or 1 out of every 6 Americans, will have their benefits cut to 79% of the current level. Clearly, no politician would allow this to happen, but fixing the problem needs to start now, not in 15 years when the system is bankrupt.

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Planning for Family Formation

Perhaps the most difficult period of a young person’s life begins with the realization that it is time to get married and start a family. There is so much to do with so little cash flow, and so many concurrent demands to obstruct the path to a successful financial future. The early years of child rearing present young parents with constant demands for time and money, and conflicts are inevitable. When presented with the reality that there will soon be three people in the family, a common and natural reaction is panic.

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Index Capital Gains for Inflation?

There is a simple argument in favor of indexing capital gains, as taxing the inflationary part of the gain is unfair and discourages investment. In Washington, D.C., of course, nothing is simple, and few things are considered “fair.” Opponents claim that the distribution of tax savings would benefit primarily wealthier people.

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“Order of Magnitude” (Making A Point Using Trivia)

Each and every week on the Van Wie Financial Hour, we present to the listeners a trivia question. The winner (if any) receives whatever prize we are offering for the week. Trivia questions (our way, at least) are designed for more than time fillers -- we always strive to educate people.

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Income Share Agreements

Have you ever heard of an Income Share Agreement? If you have not, you are not alone. It is an innovative way to pay for college when all other options are exhausted.

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Twofers and Other Bargains

Several years ago, Adam and I started a new financial planning organization, Van Wie Financial, modeled on our collective business experience. Business School students and graduates use a lot of buzz-words these days, and one of them is “best practices.” That is exactly what we set out to do with Van Wie Financial.