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How About A $500,000 Tax Break For You?

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 07:00

Publication 523 may end up being your favorite IRS publication.  That is if you can really have an IRS publication that you really like.   When you sell your main home or primary residence, up to $250,000 may be excluded from your income.  The amount jumps up to$500,000 for married couples that sell their primary residence.  When individuals or couples start considering retirement decisions, they often don’t think about the equity in their house nor the tax treatment that may occur when they downsize their primary residence.  (source: IRS.gov) In order to meet the primary residence exclusion requirement you must meet the following requirements: You owned the residence for any two of the last five years. 24 months of 760 days. You occupied your residence for any two of the last five years. You haven’t used the exclusion within the last two years. If you are married you need to meet the following requirements: You are married and file a joint return for the year. Either you or your spouse has...

What’s the financial impact of a mosquito bite?

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 10:26

At Mr. Mister Mosquito Control, we believe mosquitoes are the worst creature on the planet. We have data to back it up—mosquitoes are the deadliest animal on Earth, killing over 800,000 people last year and, what’s more, Atlanta, GA was given the title of “American City With The Worst Mosquito Problem.” So what does that mean to my wallet you may ask?  In the mosquito world, we follow the ROE scale (Return on Enjoyment). All your hard work and all your investments are seen through the lens of increasing ROI. A higher ROI should directly correlate to a higher ROE.  ROE investments like swimming pools, Big Green Eggs, playsets and lake houses should result in a positive ROE.  Simple pleasures like having a catch with your child in the backyard, family dinner on the patio, having a sunset cocktail or lounging for a romantic evening by the fire pit are all outcomes of ROE. Mosquitoes are the greatest threat to your ROE.  The first mosquito bite can be a nuisance,...

How Many Mailers for Mountain Property do You Get

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:00

You know what I’m talking about.  Those flyers you get in the mail for that fabulous property in the North Georgia mountains for some rock bottom price.  They usually have some picturesque view of a stream and a beautiful cabin in the corner.  How tempting is that?   4.3 acres with mountain views and river access for only $7,500.  And let’s not forget in big letters across the top “Land Liquidation” or “One Day Only” to get you to act quickly. So is this a good deal, or just clever marketing. Just like the hay day of the Timeshare sales strategy, if you go to check out one of these deals, you are going to get the hard seminar sales pitch.  You remember; you just had to sit thru a 90 minute presentation that ended up with you being cornered until you relented or forced your way out.  And the ‘From Only $7,500’ is not what you saw in the picture; rather they are usually crap spaces, with the good lots...

Can You Ditch The Debt Collector?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 16:09

An estimated 1 in 3 adults with a credit history — or 77 million people — are so far behind on some of their debt payments that their account has been put “in collections. “That’s a key finding from a new Urban Institute study. It examined non-mortgage debt, including credit card bills, car loans, medical bills, child support payments and even parking tickets. The debt in collections ranged from as little as $25 to a whopping $125,000. But the average amount owed was $5,200. (source money.cnn.com).   So, what happens when the debt collector comes calling for you? Don’t Ignore Them-  Look, it can be incredibly disheartening to have to deal with a debt collector, but at some point you will need to face the music.  These aren’t the days of BMG/Columbia 6 CD’s for a penny and then change your P.O. Box. (Although admittedly I got a ton of CD’s this way).  Changing your name, address, or phone number might help you slip stream a bill or two, but ultimately it will...

How to Get Rich w/ oXYGen Financial – 08/26/2014

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:00

Topic: FIVE CHEAP VACATION IDEAS FOR THE FALL!!! Taped 08/19/14 Listen every Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. on ROCK 100.5 | Atlanta’s Rock Station to “Your Smart Money Moves” with The Regular Guys and oXYGen Financial. Ted Jenkin, CFP® and Kile Lewis, CRPC® are the founders of oXYGen Financial, and our chief financial officers. All your money questions answered Breathe easier at http://oXYGenFinancial.net

The Top Five Things People Like To Steal

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:53

Tell me lies. Tell me sweet little lies.   I do enjoy Fleetwood Mac’s music and for years people have been convincing themselves that there IS a difference between a lie and a ‘white lie’.   Y ’know, the lies that don’t really count.    If you asked most people on the street, they will vehemently deny ever having been a thief in the lives.  However, most of us at one time or another have magically ‘borrowed’ something that wasn’t ours and conveniently it never got returned.  Here is my top five list of things people like to steal. PENS- Does it really matter when you realize five minutes after leaving the Chinese takeout place that you lifted the one pen they had to sign off on the credit card slips.  Nah!   You ‘earned’ that pen from paying more than you should anyway . . . that is at least according to you.   Whether it is a hotel room, the cube next door at work, or even at somebody’s home, pens walk away...

VIDEO: Five Vices That Could Ruin Your Financial Future

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:03

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Five Vices That Could Ruin Your Financial Future

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 13:04

We all have vices.   For some people it is biting their nails when they are stressed out.  For others it is taping and watching every single episode of the Real Housewives on Bravo TV.   Some vices are innocent while others can get you in big trouble.  Here are five financial vices you want to avoid if your goal is to become rich. Gambling- I am not talking about placing a $5 bet on the NCAA basketball championships.   The lottery for most people (especially scratch off tickets) can be a very addictive habit and one that is tough to break.  Spending $40 a week on lottery tickets vs. $40 a week saving in an IRA could mean a large differential in your ability to be able to retire one day.  The odds of your numbers coming up are slim to none. New Cars- I know that there is nothing like the smell of a new car.   There’s also nothing like the smell of dollar bills burning into thin air.   If you...

Use The KISS Principle

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:39

Today it is more complicated than ever for the average investor to really understand how to pick a mutual fund.   Most novices may choose a fund if it has a 4-star or 5-star ranking.   Or they decide to pick a fund because they did a Google search for best returns and then select one from the top of list.  The truth is, most investors today would be lucky if they could name one or two actual positions that their mutual fund owns if they were asked.  In my opinion fund companies could become more friendly if they used the Keep It Simple Stupid principle. First, mutual fund companies should provide consumers some sort of simple x-ray software so when they choose to buy multiple funds from a fund company, an investor can at least have some idea about how much the different funds overlap.  Far too often, I see consumers who own three or four different mutual funds only to explain to them how many of the holdings from the...

How to Get Rich with oXYGen Financial – 08/19/2014

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 16:42

Topic: 5 MONEY ITEMS THAT EVERYONE STEALS!!! Taped 08/19/14 Listen every Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. on ROCK 100.5 | Atlanta’s Rock Station to “Your Smart Money Moves” with The Regular Guys and oXYGen Financial. Ted Jenkin, CFP® and Kile Lewis, CRPC® are the founders of oXYGen Financial, and our chief financial officers. All your money questions answered Breathe easier at http://oXYGenFinancial.net

Listen To What The Baby Has To Say

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 09:46

I am a complete marketing junkie, so I have to give props to financial companies that take risks to launch edgy marketing campaigns.  Historically, investment companies are boring advertisers showing couples taking a bicycle ride, smelling the roses on their front porch, or some actor looking all serious on camera about the ‘serious’ investment company.   I was a bit melancholy this year to see the last installments of the E*Trade baby commercials which completed a tremendous six year run of ad spots. For a marketing campaign to be successful, it has to leave a mark etched in our mind that will last for many years to come.  Think about slogans like Nike’s Just Do It or Wendy’s Where’s The Beef that you can remember just like it was yesterday.   When the E*Trade baby aired during the Super Bowl in 2008, the commercial made us all laugh while at the same time beginning the drip the ideas of what we could do with our money including being an ‘astronaut with our...

VIDEO: Your Earnings Power Is All About Supply And Demand

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 20:08

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Your Earnings Power Is All About Supply And Demand

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 09:57

Really? Doesn’t my formal college education matter?  Or whether or not I have an MBA?   Could the simple economic principle of supply and demand really dictate how income is earned in America?   Let’s take a look inside at what you desperately need to know if you want to earn more money in your career. I’ve been practicing financial advising for over 23 years and the people who truly build up extremely high level of incomes typically fall into three categories: Business Owners Sales People who rise in companies for staying in the same place more than 10 years What does this have to do with earning income? Well, there are certain skills in business that are trainable and certain skills in business that are learnable.  Gaining a keen understanding about which ones can make you money and why will dictate whether you too are successful in making lots of money. THOSE EARNING UNDER $100,000 The lowest general form of earners are those that are at a clerical or task level. ...

Selling Jewelry to Help Pay for College

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:07

Over the years I have met people who have sold their jewelry for hundreds of different reasons from saving the rain forests and donating to charities, to paying medical bills and forming a new business. We have helped clients pay for weddings and divorces, debt relief, retirement and to help family members in financial need. I can relate to all of these life events, but as a father, the one I relate to most easily is paying for my children’s education. We have helped many graduates pay off the debt that they have acquired while getting an education. We have also helped many parents and grandparents contribute to 529 plans – a tax-advantaged savings plan designed to help save for future college costs. Jewelry proceeds that are invested early have the time to grow tax free within a 529 plan and jewelry sold today, to pay down debt that could’ve accrued over the years, presents a much better financial footing for those trying to shake the burden. Though my children...

How to Get Rich with oXYGen Financial – 08/12/2014

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:54

Taped 08/12/14 Listen every Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. on ROCK 100.5 | Atlanta’s Rock Station to “Your Smart Money Moves” with The Regular Guys and oXYGen Financial. Ted Jenkin, CFP® and Kile Lewis, CRPC® are the founders of oXYGen Financial, and our chief financial officers. All your money questions answered Breathe easier at http://oXYGenFinancial.net

Social Media May Be Your Best Freshman Class

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 10:03

It’s likely that students starting college in September have spent the past four years of their lives become experts at social media mediums including Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr. Without ever taking a class on social media, these platforms are indelibly integrated in the way an 18 year old communicates with their friends and family. In 1987, I didn’t even have a computer to bring to Boston College with me. Rather than give advice on student loans, budgeting, and other financial topics, I’d like to encourage the upcoming freshmen going to college to expand their social media networks and learn how to use these platforms to build their future. You see, it’s simple that life teaches you it’s not what you know but who you know that will ultimately get you further in life. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive to become an excellent student, but rather leverage your expertise and begin to build your networks out today so when you graduate college you have a plethora of people to talk...

VIDEO: 10 Steps to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:29

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I will be getting my first 1099 . . . Now What?

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 16:37

You recently lost your job or your job lost youJ and now you have decided to take some freelance consulting job to pick up some spare cash.   You fill out a W-9 in order to get paid, and a few weeks later a check comes in the mail made out to you.  You are really excited because no taxes have been taken out and you feel flush with cash.   At some point next year, you’ll get your first 1099, but what should you be doing here in 2014 to make sure your ducks are in a row come tax filing time? The reality is that most of you who earned your first 1099 will likely file Schedule C (sole proprietor) with your first year of income.   Some of you may set up an LLC, but are still uncertain what you can deduct or how exactly incomes taxes will be paid.  Here are some your smart money moves tips for you. Make sure you set up a business account and a...

How to Get Rich with oXYGen Financial – 08/05/2014

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:18

Taped 08/05/14 Listen every Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. on ROCK 100.5 | Atlanta’s Rock Station to “Your Smart Money Moves” with The Regular Guys and oXYGen Financial. Ted Jenkin, CFP® and Kile Lewis, CRPC® are the founders of oXYGen Financial, and our chief financial officers. All your money questions answered Breathe easier at http://oXYGenFinancial.net

Why Is It So Hard To Spend Money In Retirement?

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 10:15

The number one concern for most people approaching retirement age is that they will run out of money. It is such a great fear amongst individuals and families that many people actually deprive themselves of the number one objectives they had for retirement. Having fun! When you are working 40, 50, or 60 hours a week and raising a family, you often dream about what you will do when work is optional. You daydream about taking the vacations to destinations you have never seen like Australia. You ponder the idea of spending three months sitting beachside and purchasing that cool convertible you always wanted your whole life. So, what’s stopping you? It isn’t the kids. It isn’t the work. It isn’t the weather. Why is it so hard for retirees to enjoy the money they saved for that very purpose of enjoying when work becomes optional? Without proper planning (and even sometimes with proper planning), the fact is that most retirees simply become paralyzed by the fear of running out...

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