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Personalize instead of Maximize

Much of the literature on financial planning and investing focuses on how to “maximize” return. Both advisors and clients become wrapped up in the comfortable cloak of chasing the always illusive “god of maximus”. It can become more than an exercise in futility; it can become destructive to sound, long-term planning. There is a better […]

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Financial Bodyguard

Who is Your “Financial Bodyguard”?

One of the most important roles that we fulfill is that of stewardship. Webster’s defines stewardship as “careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care”. Many years ago, one of our clients referred to us as his “financial bodyguard”. While the words may differ, the meaning is roughly the same.  Financial planning is […]

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Are Your Perceptions (about Investing) Harming You Financially?

Our perceptions directly impact how we make decisions. When it comes to investments and other elements of financial life, however, these perceptions can actually harm our ability to accomplish goals. We perceive that the stock market is risky and fixed income is safe; We perceive that real estate only goes up in price; We perceive […]

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Change is Good

Selling Change

“Change is the law of life. Those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F. Kennedy   Everyone sells something. Physicians, lawyers, architects – all are selling some type of remedy, or solution to a problem. What do we sell? Some might say investment returns, others […]

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Is Gold a Reliable Investment?

Does Gold Really Shine?

The uneasy and uncertain global economic environment has spiked investor interest in gold over the past few years. Is gold worthy? Does it really shine? The past quarter was actually the worst 3 months for gold prices in a dozen years. This has, however, done little to dampen investor interest.  Many investors have created a […]

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Belief and Behavior

The 2 “B’s” – A Formula for Successful Investing

Beliefs (Philosophy) – Behavior (w/ Costs) = Returns We talk a lot these days about simplicity and clarity. The formula above is about as simple and straightforward as can be. What you believe and how you behave will ultimately determine your investment returns. That’s it – plain and simple. The hard part is connecting what […]

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Doc Hollywood

Remember the movie about 20 years ago starring Michael J. Fox titled “Doc Hollywood”? Fox played a confident young doctor (Dr. Benjamin Stone), driving to L.A. to complete his training. Car trouble ensues and he is “stuck” in a small southern town where he ends up helping out at a hospital. One of the scenes […]

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Years, Not Days

“We believe in experts in the same way that our ancestors believed in oracles.” – Philip Tetlock (Author) I read an article recently on one of the popular personal finance sites that essentially asked “Where to invest now?” This is a very common theme.  Everyone is looking for “expert” advice about what to invest in […]

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