Instructor of Finance
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I am an Instructor of Finance at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am committed to educating others about risk management and sound money and wealth management principles.

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Saving For College
Whether or not your goal is to fully fund your child’s college education or to help as best you can, there are some options to consider saving as much as you can to reach or education savings goal.
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To Gift Or Inherit? Deciding When To Bequeath Assets
The tax implications of non-qualified assets (those not in 401(k)s or IRAs) received by beneficiaries if gifted during lifetime or inherited after death.
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Defined Benefit Pensions
If you have access to a defined benefit pension or are currently participating in one, you are in rare company as these types of plans are becoming few and far between. Here's what so appealing...
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Roth Or Pre-Tax 401(k)?
As an employee of a company, you may have access to a 401(k). A 401(k) is an employer-sponsored (offered) retirement plan that allows you to save money for retirement.
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Mutual Funds And ETFs – A Great Choice For Your Portfolio
Investing in mutual funds and ETFs (exchange traded funds) can be beneficial. Some of the advantages of investing in mutual funds or ETFs include instant diversification, economies of scale, professional management, and (generally) lower expenses.
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Focus On The Future
My advice to readers, particularly young readers, but even those with a long-time horizon for retirement is focus on the future, stick to your savings plan, and let your investments and compound interest work for you.
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AAPL Apple Inc.
GOLD Randgold Resources Limited
GTXO GTX CORP

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Work Experience

Instructor of Finance
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
January 2016 - Present (3 years 6 months)

Teaching other insurance and financial professionals the fundamentals of insurance and investment planning, life insurance planning and taxation, prospecting, marketing, and ethics.

Director of Financial Planning
Blankenship Financial Planning
July 2012 - Present (7 years 1 month)

We provide objective, comprehensive fee-only financial planning and investment advising. As fiduciaries, we have no product nor company to represent. We work in the best interests of our clients. We also provide tax planning and personal and business income tax returns. As Enrolled Agents with the IRS we are authorized to represent clients before the IRS regarding tax matters.

Adjunct Instructor
The American College
December 2008 - Present (10 years 8 months)

Teaching other insurance and financial professionals the fundamentals of insurance and investment planning, life insurance planning and taxation, prospecting, marketing, and ethics.

Education

The American College
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
2013 / 2017
Doctoral candidate in the doctoral program in financial and retirement planning.
Benedictine University
MBA
2011 / 2013
The American College
Master of Science
2011 / 2012

Publications

Lose Weight, Save Money: An Owner's Manual to Physical and Financial Fitness
Sterling Raskie
CreateSpace Independent
07/12/2013

Lose Weight, Save Money is a guide to becoming physically and financially fit. The book takes you through the baby steps of healthy weight loss and fitness strategies and shows how to save and budget your money along the way. From choosing which foods are "free" and exercises requiring no gym membership to the concepts of fixing your credit and paying yourself first; Lose Weight, Save Money takes a practical approach to physical and financial fitness based on sound health and financial principles. The book takes a different approach by not having chapters, but headlines that lead the reader from one topic to the next.