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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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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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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Four Steps Towards Financial Independence

Most investors obtain their understanding, (or misunderstanding), about personal financial issues from heavily biased sources (like investment providers). There is a better way, where your financial health is concerned. Here are four specific steps that will improve the probabilities of success. Commit to learning about financial market history and the academic findings, (evidence), which constitute […]

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Do You Know What You Have and Where it is?

Author and organization coach David Allen says “Your brain is for creating ideas, not storing them”. While that rings true, many of us fall prey to trying to keep up with details of our finances mostly in our head. If everything is neatly pulled together in one or two places, that might work, but most […]

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