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Jason Gordo
Jason Gordo is the Chief Executive Officer of FlexScore (, an online assessment tool that allows anyone to get a clear, concise and accurate view of their financial situation. An accomplished inventor and published author of the book FlexScore: Financial Advice for the Rest of Us, Jason’s company, Valley Wealth, was named to Forbes’ Top 50 Money Manager Firms in 2013.

Entries by Jason Gordo

Money for Nothing? Well, Almost...

(1) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 12:31 PM

In 1985, the rock band Dire Straits released a song called "Money for Nothing." The song title was referring to the music business, but it aptly describes the shadier corners of the American economy. If you browse the Internet long enough, you inevitably stumble across various get-rich-quick schemes promising big...

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Don't Look Now But Something's Eating Your Money

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 5:02 PM

In 2004, the president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, abruptly fled the country after a coup d'état. Hours after he left, a crowd of looters broke into his abandoned mansion in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and began ransacking the property, looking for furniture, jewels, or other valuables. They weren't disappointed. One group...

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Beating the Millennial Doldrums: How to Start Your Financial Life on the Right Note

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 12:37 PM

Scan the editorial section of any newspaper, and sooner or later you'll come across an article lamenting the state of the younger generation, the so-called "Millennials," or members of Generation Y. These young people, born in the 1980s and early 1990s, are now entering the American workforce -- or are...

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Are Your Financial Goals SMART?

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 4:46 PM

As a kid, I remember watching Saturday morning cartoons that featured an array of colorful animated critters. One recurring gag featured an ostrich sticking its head in the sand to avoid danger. The joke was predictable as clockwork, but the screenwriters couldn't resist it. Years later, I learned that this...

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Five Surefire Ways to Torpedo Your Investment Portfolio

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 4:21 PM

When you first learned to drive a car, you probably didn't handle the car like a NASCAR racer; you fumbled around with the stick shift or hit the accelerator too hard, maybe even running up on the curb. Watching a beginner in any field is ugly. It's the same with...

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Bitcoin: the New Era of Wildcat Banking

(2) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 3:33 PM

If you're a history buff, you might remember a period of American history called the "free banking era," or the "era of wildcat banking," that took place in the decades before the Civil War. During that period, state banks were allowed to issue their own currencies without any...

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Asking Tough Questions About Annuities

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 5:14 PM

Somewhere on the placid beaches of Los Cabos, Mexico, a financial advisor lounges on a deck chair, watching waves crash on the shore. He's sipping a margarita, chatting with friends, maybe watching a video on the new iPad he just won. He's enjoying a vacation after a hectic week at...

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Financial Independence for Everyone: 6 Steps to Leaving Work Behind

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 5:55 PM

If you've been following retirement trends in the news recently, then you know that the situation looks grim for a lot of Americans. For instance, a study by the global bank HSBC (released in September 2013) found that 18 percent of U.S. workers will never have enough money...

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Finding the Magic Number: How Much Do You Really Need for Retirement?

(2) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 2:20 PM

If you make a huge amount of money, you don't need a retirement plan, right? Once you become rich, you can buy what you want without worrying about the future. Just get your hands on a big pile of cash and you're set for life. The money will take care...

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