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12 Financial Truths (Including Some You Won’t Like)

We live in a noisy world where wisdom is hard to discern. Here are a dozen financial truths honed from more than three decades of observation. The primary reason many investors end up with overly complex, inappropriate insurance/investment products boils down to two words…sales commissions. The “Pyramid of Temptation” that engulfs most financial services firms […]

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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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Can You Handle Normal?

All of the excess daily noise notwithstanding, your ability to achieve financial goals boils down to two things: The first, can you accept normal market swings?; The second, can you stay invested in order to participate in long-term returns? Almost everyone says yes to these two questions without examining what “normal” really means. In 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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7 Questions You Must Answer Before Retirement

Almost 10,000 Americans turn 65 years of age each day. Most are poorly prepared for what lies ahead. We have isolated seven questions that everyone must answer BEFORE they retire. These questions are: When Will You Retire? Where Will You Retire? When Will You Take Social Security? What Will Your Health Insurance Coverage Be? How […]

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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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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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Houston, We Have a Problem

Remember the movie Apollo 13 starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and the late Bill Paxton? The crew famously called Houston Mission Control after discovering serious mechanical problems on the spacecraft and uttered the phrase “Houston, we have a problem”. The main problem that all of us share, as humans, is a striking inability to objectively […]

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Risk and Return are inseparable; Diversification is essential

One of the most damaging myths that Wall Street brokers spread is that somehow, someway, you can obtain high returns with low risk. This is objectively untrue. Different investments have different expected returns, largely based on the type of investment, (stocks versus bonds), and other recognized dimensions of risk. While risk is a necessary part […]

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