American Brands That Are likely To Go Away

Ike IkokwuThe Blog

24/7 Wall Street has come out with their annual list of top America brands they predict will disappear. Whether it is obsoleteness, the terribly competitive nature of their industry or just bad planning, this year’s brand drop out list is very compelling. A lot of factors can contribute to a company or brand making this embarrassing list. Ever increasing costs … Read More

And We Told Them It Wasn’t A Tax!

Ike IkokwuThe Politics of Personal Finance

To be called a tax or not to be called a tax, that is the question (in my Shakespearen voice) that the Obama administration now faces in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on June 28, 2012. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you should have heard by now that the high court, by a 5 to … Read More

Money Lessons From The Facebook Founder

Ike IkokwuThe Blog

Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg made news recently not because of the value of his stock in Facebook but because he refinanced his $5.95 million mortgage on his Palo Alto, California, home with a 30-year adjustable-rate loan starting at 1.05 percent. So the obvious question I keep hearing folks ask is why does a Billionaire like Mark need a mortgage on his … Read More

Would Your Retirement Plan Get An A or An F? – Part One

Ike IkokwuThe Blog

I’ll admit that I know nothing about what your particular retirement plan looks like. However, if it is like most of the prospective clients I meet with where the bulk of your assets are in a 401K or an IRA, then suffice it to say the grade you’d be getting from me is an F. So why am I so … Read More

When Your Popularity Affects Your Money

Ike IkokwuThe Blog

You don’t have to be a high school kid to feel the pressure to be popular. Cliques are formed in high school, in college, on the job, and even at your local church. What is it within us that drives us to want to be popular, to want to be mainstream, and to not want to be different? Is it … Read More

Dos And Don’ts For A Dollar

Ike IkokwuThe Blog

For most people, the world financial crisis has been a wake-up call. In today’s financial landscape, people need to be more frugal, more goal conscious and more financially literate. There is no doubt that Americans have changed the way we shop and plan our household budgets.  In fact, who would have ever imagined that retail outlets which feature dollar items … Read More

Have You Built A Solid Foundation?

Ike IkokwuThe Blog

From the moment you graduate college, the quest for building a solid financial future for many people begins. It’s been said a man’s home is his castle so let’s compare this “quest” for a solid financial future to building your financial castle. I’m amazed at the number of people I meet with who are 10, 15 or even 20 years … Read More

Life Insurance 101 & The IRS

Ike IkokwuThe Blog

This is your captain speaking. To reach our destination of getting a rudimentary understanding of life insurance, we are going to be cruising at an altitude of 10,000 feet, so go ahead and strap your seat belts. As we take off, should the thought of our destination cause you to want to throw up, there are bags in front of … Read More

Should I Get a Mortgage?

Ike IkokwuThe Blog

If owning a home is part of the American Dream then I guess mortgages would be one way to go about financing the American Dream. The very thing that makes home ownership possible for the vast majority in America is the same thing that everyone is so quick to want to get rid of. Can the home mortgage be that … Read More

Play To Win … 2nd or 3rd Place Isn’t An Option!

Ike IkokwuThe Blog

Want to be the life of the party? Share a story of how you, your child or your favorite team came from behind to win the game and you’ll have the entire room’s attention. Why is that? It’s really simple. Deep down inside of us, we all love to win. If you don’t believe me, ask any fan of the … Read More