A Roof Over Your Head Protects From Rain – Not Recession

Ike IkokwuThe Blog

  There’s a lot of talk about housing market stabilizing. Some homeowners, for instance, see the value of their houses rise simply due the decreasing availability in their specific area. Unfortunately, from a bigger-picture perspective, a look behind the curtain reveals that the recovery from the bubble-burst has a long way to go. Seniors, in particular are getting killed by … Read More

Personalize Your Retirement Reality

Ike IkokwuThe Blog

  I’ve stated in previous posts and blogs that this country doesn’t have as much an economic problem as it does with priorities. While there are great and indisputable fiscal issues making success unnecessarily difficult, success is never easy to begin with even in the best of times. Conversely, there are people determined to be successful and stay that way, … Read More

Is There Love In The Air For Your Financial Advisor?

Ike IkokwuThe Blog

Nothing solidifies a relationship more than trust. It’s been said that if you’re able to say you have one best friend you can trust with your life, you’re in pretty good shape. If you find a car guy you can trust, he’s your car guy for life. And as far as romance, if you don’t have trust, “till death do … Read More

Taxing Tax-Deductions

Ike IkokwuThe Blog

It’s no secret the US Federal Government spends more than it brings in; nor is it news to anyone who’s been paying any attention this election season that the gap has increased exponentially within the last few years. In an ever ongoing attempt to reduce the trillion-dollar-plus deficits, politicians are always brainstorming new-fangled revenue sources to tap into instead of, … Read More

It Matters If You Think It Matters

Ike IkokwuThe Blog

After reading an article about GOP Vice-Presidential candidate entitled, ‘Does Paul Ryan’s Black Ex-Girlfriend Matter?’, I asked myself the same question (Only after I first asked, “Is this what vetting a candidate is like?”). After some thought from all angles from both sides, I concluded that reality isn’t something that necessarily falls under the category of right or wrong. So … Read More

Shoes, Priorities and Economics

Ike IkokwuThe Blog

There are two very interesting schools of thought as it pertains to pricing and consumerism. One theory is if you want to move more product, reduce the cost; thereby increase your target market to include a wider economic base as well as make your current market more tempted to buy because everyone simply loves a good deal. The other theory, … Read More

The Olympic Games, Just Like The Money Game, Have Winners And Losers

Ike IkokwuThe Blog

If an investment had no risk, no downside, no threat of loss, then success is meaningless. Such is the apparent case of the 2012 games in London as far as the assumptive shot-in-the-arm to the economy is concerned. This is according to economist, Nouriel Roubini in an MSN article entitled, London Olympics an Economic Failure.   “…London is totally empty: … Read More

Your Home – A Place To Live, Not A Place To Park Money

Ike IkokwuThe Blog

Pop Quiz: If someone were to offer you an investment where you can pay more than the minimum contribution, but not less, which would result in loss of previous contributions, the money is not safe from loss of principal, is less safe with each payment, is not liquid, earns 0% rate of return, the tax liability increases with each payment, … Read More

Social Insecurity – Your Investment is No Retirement Plan

Ike IkokwuThe Blog

I just Googled “Social Security” and got 1.08 billion hits. Needless to say, it’s a hot topic. Without even clicking on those links, I know what most of them have in common. It’s not good. As most of us know, Social Security began as a measure to implement a “social insurance” of sorts during the Great Depression, when more than … Read More

Debt Forgiveness, But Never Forgotten

Ike IkokwuThe Blog

You almost never hear “student loans” and “Social Security” used in the same conversation, let alone the same sentence. Until now. It seems there are a lot people who’ve fallen behind on their student loans. Way behind. How far? Some of them are grandparents old enough to receive Social Security benefits. Except that some of them won’t. Not all they … Read More