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

Financial Guru or Political Pundit….You Decide!

Ike IkokwuThe Politics of Personal Finance

If you’ve ever listened to a financial guru, financial expert or other authoritative figure in the financial services industry, at some point you’ve probably gotten to hear them talk about politics in some shape, form or fashion. Why is that? Are financial experts “in the closet” politicians? Do they aspire a different life in politics? Or, is there some interrelationship … Read More

What’s Your Wealth Building Formula?

Ike IkokwuThe Blog

Before getting into the basic wealth building formula most people use, I’d like to explain a bit about how banks and similar financial institutions work. Let’s assume for a moment that you are a business owner and I’m the bank. For every $1 you earn in your business, where do I as the bank tell you to put each $1, … Read More

Put An End To The Financial Insanity

Ike IkokwuThe Blog

As a country, nation and even globally, we are in the middle of one of the biggest financial crisis since the great depression. The folks in Washington can’t seem to balance our budget. As each year passes, our national debt that is now in the trillions of dollars keeps increasing. Investors have suffered yet another major setback in their financial … Read More