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Mark Riddix

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Mark Riddix is the founder and president of an independent investment advisory firm that provides personalized investing and asset management consulting. Mark has written financial columns for Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area newspapers and is the author of the book, "Your Financial Playbook."
Best Parental Financial Advice

Best Financial Advice That You Got From Your Parents

I still remember those long talks from my parents that I used to get about being financially responsible. From teenage years onwards my parents were always trying to instill money management principles into me...
Discount Cards Danger

The Danger Of Discount Cards

Store discount cards are popping up everywhere now, from your local grocery store to warehouse clubs. These cards are promoted as a way for customers to get increased savings on everyday items. Discount cards...
Things To Do Before You Buy Car

5 Things To Do Before You Buy A Car

Buying a car should not feel like taking a trip to the dentist. Many car buyers make their visit to the dealership much more painful than it needs to be. An uninformed consumer is...
Directv Versus Dish Network

DIRECTV vs. Dish Network Review

Have you been considering making the switch to satellite TV? The two major satellite companies are begging for your business. They are trashing each other's reputations to win you as a customer. If you...
Stimulate United States Economy

Best Ways To Stimulate The United States Economy And Create Jobs

What is the number one topic on the mind of American citizens? The answer is Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (and not Steve Jobs of Apple)! High unemployment and a slow recovery have everyone worried about...
Extend Bush Tax Cuts

Debate: Should The Bush Tax Cuts Be Extended?

One of the most heavily debated topics in Congress right now is whether or not to extend the Bush tax cuts. The Bush tax cuts were a lowering of income and capital gains taxes...
Best Movies Learning About Personal Finance

7 Best Movies For Learning About Personal Finance

Blogs, financial news channels, Wikipedia, magazines - there's a long list of resources out there for learning about personal finance. And while information can instruct, it doesn't always inspire. One of the best ways to...
Things Do Save Money

5 Chores You Can Do Yourself To Save Money

In these tight economic times, everyone is looking for ways to cut back. Cutting back may mean eliminating a few services that you are paying outside contractors for and instead do them for yourself....
Gym Membership Contract

Negotiating A Gym Membership Contract

Has anyone else gone through the perils of joining a fitness center? Joining a gym can be an incredibly agonizing experience. I am speaking from experience. I went to a join a local fitness...
Credit Card Use Sense

When Does It Make Sense To Use A Credit Card?

In a perfect world you would never have to use a credit card for any purchases. Everything that you want could be paid for quickly and easily with cash from your bank account. Although...
Traditional Ira Benefits

What is a Traditional IRA – Restrictions and Benefits

A Traditional IRA is very much like a Roth IRA except for the tax treatment. The Traditional IRA's key advantage is that it allows an individual to make annual tax-deductible contributions to one's retirement...
Have Enough Money Retirement

Do You Have Enough Money For Retirement?

Not having enough money for retirement is a problem that plagues a lot of older Americans. Baby boomers have been especially affected by the elimination of pension plans and the drop in retirement benefits....