HowWeSeeThingsDifferently

How We See Things Differently

In many ways, our fee-only approach to planning and Evidence-Based Investing put us squarely on the outside of personal finance. That’s ok. The world has slowly but surely been moving in our direction for a number of years. The substance of our philosophy has changed very little over time. We believe it works. We see […]

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The Prediction Season

As the popular Christmas song recorded by Andy Williams (and more recently by Garth Brooks, Harry Connick, Jr and others) says, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” However, this time of year can also be the most dangerous time for investors. The next few weeks will find us deep within the “silly season” […]

WhatsYourStory

What’s Your Story?

Each of us has a unique life story. Where we come from, where we went to school, where we have worked. These stories provide context for the yet unwritten part of our journey: what will happen in the future. As a fiduciary financial advisor, a large part of our role in working with successful individuals […]

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How Can You Avoid the Big Mistake?

Do you wonder if you really need a financial advisor? A big part of our work is to guide clients to make decisions that are in their best interest. Our advice is often the only thing standing between them and the “big mistake.”No, not the run-of-the-mill misstep that is part of everyday life… but the […]

UnlockingtheGripeofFear

Unlocking the Grip of Fear

Fear sells. Most sales pitches about investing focus on fear. The more fear, the better. Our internal wiring nudges us towards reacting emotionally to the lure of fear. However, there is an antidote; there is a way to stop letting fear unravel your financial life.   Conquering Fear The entirety of our approach to investing […]

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Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Transitions between different phases of life often reveal more questions than answers. For high income earners, these transitions can be periods of opportunity but also present significant dangers if smart decisions aren’t made. What we call the “Run-Up” phase, 10 years or so before retirement, is the most critical stage of financial life and questions […]

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Have You Been Inoculated Against The Financial Flu?

Every year about this time most of us go to the doctor or pharmacist for a flu shot. We hope this will help us avoid the misery and discomfort that is common with influenza. While slightly less visible, the financial flu can be even more problematic. Research tells us that more than 70% of Americans […]

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Four Dangerous Investing Misconceptions

There are four dangerous misconceptions about investing that can easily unravel even the best financial plans. Many high-income earners fall prey to these misconceptions because they fit easily within the common, but errant, narrative about investing. 1. Easily the most damaging misconception is the focus on performance or outperformance. Yes, you want to earn good […]

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How to Invest for Outcomes

You can learn a lot about investing from cats.  Have you ever watched a cat stalk something? Cats have an incredible ability to focus. They see movement extremely well within their field of vision, and if something is in their sight, nothing else matters. What if you focused on your desired financial outcomes like a […]

MakingMoneyVsManagingMoney

Making Money versus Managing Money

Since we work with successful individuals, by definition, our clients know how to earn money.  Making money is hard enough, but managing money is infinitely more difficult. The skills and instincts necessary for one can actually hinder the other. A significant component of how we help clients revolves around navigating clients away from the “shallows […]

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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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% […]

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 […]

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 […]

How To Survive The Coming Correction

The often unspoken worry of many investors is what to do if a market correction is coming. Well, indeed there will be a market correction in the future, and another one after that. In fact, on average, the yearly declines of the S&P 500 exceed 14%! Since a stock market correction officially takes only a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Stop It! You Don’t Know When Stocks Will Fall

The “prediction addiction” is alive and well. Everyone on the planet has an opinion about the stock market direction, but mostly these are manifestations of deeply rooted behavioral biases. All forms of media overflow with stories about investing at “the right time”. Total nonsensical garbage. The “ right time” is a myth. Never mind, investors […]

Three Cures for Financial Sickness

“With confidence gained from more than a decade of fine tuning financial trade offs and priorities, Joe and Betty are well positioned to achieve their most important life goals”. Such might be a sentence from our review meeting notes for an established client that has demonstrated discipline and focus in their financial decision making process. […]




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