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BCM Financial Literacy Collection

As Financial Literacy Month comes to an end, we thought it would be helpful to combine all of our dedicated posts to the topic in one place. Plus, as an addition to our 2018 financial literacy...

Why Own an Umbrella When It's Sunny Every Day?

Why would you buy an umbrella when it’s been sunny every day? Let’s not forget the original use for an umbrella was actually as a sunshade, not for rain, but I digress. Seriously, why would you...

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: What No One Tells You About Debt

The average age Americans learn how to balance a checkbook is 28¹. Age 28! If Americans are not taught about basic finance in high school or college, then how can they possibly be ready to...

Investment Acronyms: Say What?! CNBC Slang Finally Decoded

Popular sites such as Investopedia and The Financial Dictionary have over 1,885 financial acronyms housed in their shared glossaries. I would challenge you to find anyone — let alone a typical...

Glossary of Financial Terms

April is Financial Literacy Month and for good reason. A lack of financial preparedness has huge individual and societal costs, especially as our country ages into retirement. Regardless if it is...

A TIPS Refresher

For those that need a refresher, here is a recent article from Financial Advisor magazine that helps describe Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS).  

Some Things To Remember When Buying A (First) Home

You are about to make the largest purchase of your life. Protect yourself! Here is a list of items to keep in mind before buying a house.

Tactical Management and How It Differs from from Active

 

Active vs. Passive Management

Active management can be thought of as any strategy that uses human discretion to decide what the portfolio should own. The manager(s) generally employs some...

Lease vs. Buying: What Every Car Dealer Doesn't Want You to Know

Let’s face it, buying a car is usually one of the most strenuous and, dare I say it, unpleasant experiences. When you are approached by the salesperson the conversation is typically steered...

Compound Interest: The Eighth Wonder of the World

 "Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it ... he who doesn't ... pays it."            

   -Albert Einstein

 

What is compound interest, why is it so...