Fern Alix LaRocca CFP® EA

  Happy Valentine’s Day ! Valentine’s Day, a day that we express our love for each other. One of the things I realized growing up in the world was that you have to love yourself first before you can love another. Wise words that everyone knows and understands. Yet we can put so many things ahead […]

Interest Rate Scare!

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    Whew!   Everyone was expecting an interest rate increase… but it didn’t happen. Now what? For Banks: They can’t raise the rates on those variable rate mortgages and other loans For consumers: You continue to get low interest rates Considering that consumers are saving more and have more in the bank (or credit […]

This article was contributed by Hemila Pedram-Parsi, who is a copywriter and author. You can contact her at hemilapedram@gmail.com Peer-to-Peer Lending, commonly referred to as P2PL, is exactly what it is: a person-to-person lending. It is an alternative to traditional credit lending for small loans. Peer-to-Peer has become a great option for people who need a […]

As I am doing my own taxes and help coach others on how to minimize their tax liability, there are a few myths that drive me up the wall so I thought I would post them here: 1. If I do an extension, I will get audited. BS ! You won’t get audited by filing […]

I have been helping my brother refinance his mortgage. He, like others, have this outdated idea of the evil Adjustable Rate Mortgage. After explaining to him the differences of a fixed rate mortgage and an adjustable, he chose the adjustable. I wrote an article for GuideVine about those differences and you can check it out […]

It’s Coming!

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 The Updated version of the 401K First Aid Kit- How to Stop Your Portfolio Bleeding and Get Back to Financial Health is being update for 2014.  Here’s what’s in it: *Don’t know how to get the maximum out of your 401K plan? Use this easy to read resource on the benefits of using a 401k […]

In 2009, Morningstar did a study comparing mutual fund returns vs investor returns. Here is what they got: Fund Category Fund Return Investor Return Investor Lag Large-Cap Blend -1.4% -5.7% -4.3% Large-Cap Growth -1.7% -7.7% -6.0% Large-Cap Value -1.8% -2.2% -0.4% Mid-Cap Blend 0.4% -3.0% -3.4% Small-Cap Blend -0.5% -6.9% -6.4% Europe/Pacific 3.1% 0.5% -2.6% […]

You don’t make goals because you are afraid of failing. So I am going to give you permission to go ahead and make some goals and fail at achieving them. Because after you make these big hairy audacious goals, (you will laugh at how unattainable they are) but you won’t laugh at how close you […]

  Many people think I know of a “great investment” or that I have a favorite that I use over and over again. I have been in the financial services industry now for over 30 years. (Yes, I am old.) I do have certain favorites that I prefer -for myself. My risk tolerance, my tax […]

Do you remember your first investment loss? What did it feel like? It was a long time ago and I know so much now but I don’t think I will ever forget the first time I lost money. I wanted to invest some money I had saved up but knew nothing about investments. A friend […]