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October 12, 2017 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

What You Need When You Can’t Follow Your Budget

Today, I would like to share this blog post by Rachel Schmidt, who’s a Spiritual Coach. She shares how we can deal with overspending by working through the mental blocks and emotions that keep us believing we need to spend to feel good. Here’s the link to the original blog post.   You’ve gone to your […]

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September 28, 2017 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

Should You Follow These Four Money Rules of Thumb?

Rules of thumb help us make quick decisions without having to consult an expert. But as the definition suggests, it is not reliable for every situation. Below are four financial rules of thumb and when you may or may not want to follow it. 1)  Homeownership Rule: Pay at least 20% for down payment. Ideally, […]

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September 9, 2017 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

Protect Yourself from Latest Equifax Breach

Yesterday, Equifax revealed that sensitive information such as Social Security numbers of 143 million customers were stolen through a cyberattack. That’s close to half the U.S. population. Equifax is one of the three major credit reporting agencies. Here are four things we can do to mitigate potential damage to our credit: 1) Enroll in Equifax’s free credit […]

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September 5, 2017 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

Four Money Tips for Young Professionals

It’s exciting to live in the Washington metropolitan area as a young professional. There are plenty of social activities in the city, and nature hikes are close by. I just enjoyed tubing and hiking last weekend with my Ultimate Frisbee friends at Harpers Ferry – loads of fun! As we enjoy life, it’s also good to […]

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August 18, 2017 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

Thinking of Switching Careers? Consider Being a Financial Planner

The ideal job has three secret ingredients: purpose, mastery, and autonomy. You have all three in a financial planning career. Six years ago, my favorite pastime was to read personal finance magazines. I would learn a lot, and could immediately apply it to my personal life. “Follow these three steps to boost your credit score,” […]

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July 24, 2017 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

Three Simple Steps to Revolutionize Your Budget

Do you want a vacation in the Caribbean next year? Save for a new couch? Watch concerts at Strathmore regularly? Having an effective budget can help us reach specific life goals. Contrary to public opinion, budgeting helps us achieve financial freedom. Less than half of Americans have a budget, and only a fraction of them […]

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July 11, 2017 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

Is Your Money Aligned With Your Values?

Do you prefer organic food? Do you recycle? Do you believe in fair labor standards? Great! But what if I told you that your 401k and IRA investments are running contrary to the values that are important to you? The largest stock mutual funds in America include companies that sell guns and tobacco, operate private […]

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June 26, 2017 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

Will Being Rich Make us Happier?

Is having lots of money the key to financial security and happiness? Many of us seem to think so. More than 140 million Americans buy lottery tickets each year. By winning that $100 million jackpot, we can finally buy our dream house, quit our job, and travel the world! We feel we would no longer […]

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