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Yes, You Can Control the Market

What if you could control the market? Well, you can control the stock market over the long term if you are willing to resist the siren songs of currency and certainty. The first step in establishing control is understanding why you are investing. If you are 50 years old, the inflation rate has been 4.1% […]

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Seven Things Your Broker Won’t Ever Say

Are you still using a stockbroker or insurance salesman, (yea, I know…wealth manager)? Here are seven things you’ll never hear them say: “Do you know that you can invest in the the same funds outside of the variable annuity at a much lower cost?” “Despite the Financial Consultant or Wealth Manager title, I still don’t […]

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No Investment Unicorns Here

Let me be blunt. Most individuals are looking for investment unicorns. Myths and hype, however, won’t solve chronic financial conditions. Investing truths will. It reminds me of Jack Nicholson’s line as Colonel Nathan Jessup in A Few Good Men, “You can’t handle the truth!” We’re in the life saving business. The truth is, most investors […]

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Why Is It So Hard to Talk About Money?

We live in a very stressful world, yet even with all our worries, money is still the number one stressor, (according to surveys by the American Psychological Association). Money outranks all other concerns such as the economy, work, family and health. The fact that money is so stressful translates directly into many people avoiding the […]

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How to Avoid Financial Neglect

Remember the last time you went for a dip in the ocean? Unless you were very careful, you likely drifted 50 or 100 feet away from where you started in just a matter of a few minutes. The tide and undertow are powerful forces. You probably didn’t intend to move down the beach but it […]

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Days or Decades?

Each and every one of us has something in common…we don’t know if we are going to be alive for days or decades. Understanding the basic framework of life expectancy and how that impacts your financial decisions is a crucial part of financial planning. Your individual life expectancy is unknown and this uncertainty is the […]

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Are You Focused on the Journey or the Destination?

Every client that we see has some idea of where they want to go… the desired destination. The inevitable bumps in the road, however, push many individuals to veer off course. Ultimately, accomplishing what you want financially means being able to “stay in your seat”. The media pundits treat daily price movements in the financial […]

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Be Careful What You Believe; The Prison of Two Ideas

I recently came across a provocative article written by Greg Gutfeld titled “The Prison of Two Ideas”. While the article is mostly about political beliefs, the main theme carries over to the world of investing and personal finance as well. As Gutfeld explains, in modern parlance, you are either for or against “X”. Many have […]

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In Charge or In Control?

Do you seek to be in charge of your financial future, or are you trying to be in control? Being “in charge” implies that you are taking responsibility. Trying to be “in control” means you are attempting to command or regulate what occurs. We often advise clients that “inputs determine outcomes”. This means that a […]

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Why Rebalance?

Over the past few weeks, we have reviewed several components of our financial planning process and how these can create value for you. Today, we want to discuss rebalancing your portfolio as a critical technique for keeping your investments in sync. The basic purpose of rebalancing is to maintain the overall target asset allocation level […]

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