The Blue Blaze

The Path to Awesome: Top Three Financial Habits to Help You on Your Way - Part 1

Posted by John Munley on Jul 18, 2017 7:33:00 AM


John Munley and his daughter, Sarah, on their way to Sarah's moving up ceremony. 

My daughter recently had her moving up ceremony during which she and her class celebrated “graduating” from elementary school and starting their middle school years in the fall.  During the ceremony, the principal addressed the parents and students, quoting Robby Novak. Novak, who also goes by the name, Kid President, is a 13-year-old boy who, despite living with osteogenesis imperfecta, a rare genetic disorder that makes his bones extremely brittle, has built an online empire using his intelligence, charm, wit and boundless optimism to inspire others.

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Topics: Financial life guidance, Parents and Children

Goal Setting DOES Work, in Finances and Life

Posted by Frankie Corrado on Jul 7, 2017 1:58:44 PM

My Response to: “Goal Setting Doesn’t Work.”

Sarah Robbins of Blue Blaze Financial Advisors, walking in Bryce Canyon National Park

A recent article by Darren Hardy, the creator of the magazine, SUCCESS, shows his smiling picture beside an article where he makes the bold claim that “Goal setting doesn’t work”. As a huge believer in goal setting, I was taken back by the headline but went in with an open-mind. “Maybe this guy has a point I haven’t considered,” I thought.

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Topics: Goal Setting

On the Razor's Edge: Are You Ready to Re-Launch as an Entrepreneur?

Posted by Frank J. Corrado, CPA, CFP on Jun 19, 2017 4:06:31 PM
L-R: Jennifer Crews, Frank J. Corrado, Chris Grohman, Frankie Corrado, Jean Otte at the recent NJ Strategic Design + Tech Meetup
The decision to make the entrepreneurial leap isn't something you reconcile over lunch with a friend, after attending the latest infomercial by the guru-of-the day, or after surviving another fit of frustration dealing with the same, intractable, intolerable situation at your current place of employment.
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Topics: Select one or more topics...Entrepreneur, mid-career professinal,

So Your Teenager Got Her First Job – Now What?

Posted by John Munley on Jun 12, 2017 9:17:48 AM

My twin daughters got their first real jobs last summer, a common rite of passage through adolescence and good preparation for increased independence as they began their college adventure. I was a very proud parent. My kids would finally earn their own money and learn responsibility – or so I thought.

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Topics: Financial life guidance

From Bell Labs to Bell Works: Blue Blaze Financial Moves to The Metroburb

Posted by Frankie Corrado on Jun 2, 2017 7:21:00 AM

This month Blue Blaze Financial Advisors joined a growing community of startups, big companies and retail businesses moving into Bell Work’s the former Bell Labs megalith structure in Holmdel. Somerset Development is reimagining the Eero Saarinen designed masterpiece into a live, work, play space complete with an indoor quarter mile Main Street, hotel and restaurants. It's located in Holmdel, NJ, right off exit 114 of the Garden State Parkway.

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Topics: Events, Bell Works, About us

Four Lessons Hiking Can Teach You About Retirement Planning

Posted by Frankie Corrado on Apr 27, 2017 9:51:17 AM

There’s a famous saying that if you fail to plan, then you’re planning to fail. Though the importance of planning for retirement seems pretty obvious, many people neglect it or don’t put the necessary time into the process.

The funny thing is, people put plenty of time into planning other events in their lives, whether it’s a vacation, wedding, or birthday party.

But you can easily apply the same principles you use to make other plans to retirement.

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Topics: Retirement

How Much Can I Spend in Retirement? That’s the Wrong Question

Posted by Frankie Corrado on Apr 13, 2017 12:22:43 PM

“How much money will I need for retirement?” That’s a loaded question that I often get from my clients. If you’re like most people, you’ve been wondering about it too.

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Topics: Retirement

Setting a Goal? Learn How To Start a Campfire First

Posted by Frankie Corrado on Apr 6, 2017 7:46:48 AM

When you were a kid, there were probably moments in life you couldn’t wait for. You know those times when you had butterflies in your stomach and couldn’t sleep at night because you were oozing with excitement and anticipation of that summer vacation, trip to Disney World, Christmas morning, or that big movie premiere.

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Topics: Financial life guidance

Make Fast Cash with the Dependent Care Credit

Posted by Frankie Corrado on Mar 30, 2017 4:13:46 PM

Did your child attend summer camp or after school tutoring last year? You could be leaving money on the table if you aren’t utilizing the dependent care credit.

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Topics: Dependent Care Credit

It’s Your Life, Here’s How to Find What You’re Looking For

Posted by Frankie Corrado on Mar 20, 2017 10:40:47 AM

 When you sit down with a financial advisor, you’re not expecting to be asked questions like, “What is your ideal life?” or “What things are most meaningful to you?”

Those types of questions are reserved for Oprah interviews, not financial planning sessions. You’re expecting to discuss investments, assets, tax returns, debt and retirement planning. What do those deep and probing inquiries have to do with managing your money?

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Topics: Financial life guidance, Goal Setting, Hiking