Kevin Mercadante

How to Keep Office Politics From Sabotaging Your Career

by Kevin Mercadante June 11, 2014

If you’re working someplace long enough, it’s usually just a question of time before office politics become a reality in your job and your life. But what few people appreciate is the way office politics can sabotage your career. Office politics are often subtle in the way they develop, and in the way they’re maintained. […]

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Why You Should Work In College – And It’s Not All About Money

by Kevin Mercadante April 30, 2014

Balancing college with work is a tough juggling act. But even if you don’t need to work in order to help pay for school, there are benefits to doing so that go beyond money. Most of those benefits will help you later in life, both when you are out looking for your first career-type job, […]

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What To Do If You’re Unhappy With Your 401(k) Plan Options

by Kevin Mercadante April 23, 2014

Of all of the various employee benefits, 401(k) plans are right up there with health insurance as the most important. But what do you do if you’re unhappy with your 401(k) plan? You may think that your only choice is to hold your nose and make the best of it. But you can actually develop […]

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Why Your Second Car Should Be a Beater Car

by Kevin Mercadante April 18, 2014

It’s become a fact of life for many families that there should be at least one car for each adult member of every household. Often, that arrangement includes late-model cars. And with late-model cars, that more often than not includes a car loan. While we might think about it as the new normal in our […]

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Investing in Bull Markets is Easy – But What About Bear Markets?

by Kevin Mercadante April 7, 2014

The past five years have been easy ones for investors – bull markets usually are. But what about bear markets? It’s one thing to invest in the stock market when general price levels are rising, but quite another when the momentum reverses. This is not an attempt to predict a bear market, just to say that […]

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Five Situations Where Renting Makes More Sense Than Owning a Home

by Kevin Mercadante March 19, 2014

I think we can generally agree that for most people, owning a home is better than renting, especially from a financial standpoint. But are there times when renting makes more sense that owning a home? I think there are – and here are at least five of them. When You Move a Frequently If you […]

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Why Your Retirement Needs Tax Diversification

by Kevin Mercadante March 10, 2014

While people consider the task of preparing for retirement – mostly saving and properly investing for it – they may overlook an important consideration. Retirement planning needs to include tax diversification. This is especially important because more than a few people will be retiring in a higher tax bracket than they’re in right now. Here are […]

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