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Perfection Not Required

Among the benefits of having literally thousands of client interactions over the years is this…we have seen almost everything! From routine missteps to huge lifestyle altering lapses, we have witnessed these many times. Our purpose does not require perfect people. Clients come here “as they are”, with wide ranging histories that usually include numerous financial […]

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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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The Illusion of Solutions

So much time and energy are needlessly expended every day trying to intellectually solve what is not solvable. Investors and indeed most “advisors,” accede to the illusion of solutions, best answers, and strategies that seek “certainty.” The grand majority of insurance and investment products are marketed as precise solutions to very specific  financial maladies. Annuities […]

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The Belief-Reactivity Hypothesis

The reason most Americans continue along a self destructive course towards financial disaster has nothing to do with investment returns. Yes, returns matter but they pale in comparison to what you believe, your internal operating system that determines how you actually save, (or even if you save), and invest. These beliefs ultimately impact the choices […]

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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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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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The Two Questions Everyone Needs To Answer

Will you make it financially? Do you know your financial blindspots? These two questions form the backbone of our holistic approach to personal financial planning. These questions also are the common bond that all of our clients share. If your financial life is arranged so that you can maintain your current lifestyle for the balance […]

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Want the Antidote to Market Worry?

I read an interesting comment Coach Frank Martin made to his U.S.C. basketball team after losing a couple games towards the end of the regular season. He told them, “adversity is part of the deal”. Indeed, that is so in every aspect of life. If the stock market goes down a few days in 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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What Really Improves Your Investing Odds?

For the past few weeks, we have been reviewing the components that go into the way we bring value to our client relationships. This week, the role of Portfolio Management takes center stage. Your specific goals create the frame for how we approach managing individual portfolios. While goals are the driving force, decades of academic […]

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