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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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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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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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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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How to Avoid Becoming a Victim

The financial futures of many Americans are being fretted away by brokers and banks. A recent article by author Dan Solin titled The Average Returns Myth describes the hysteria of active mutual fund managers as they continue their mission of selling investors what might be called “The Black Box Hoax”. That is, brokers and banks […]

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The Four Root Causes of Financial Failure

Our mission is to help make our clients’ lives better. That is why we are here. However, some clients undermine their own financial well being by what they do and what they don’t do. Everyone knows the symptoms, but what are the real root causes of financial failure and how can they be avoided? Vague […]

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Are You Overestimating the Risks of Investing?

Where is Your Focus? We are closing in on a decade since the 2007-2009 stock market “meltdown”. Rarely a week goes by that someone I encounter doesn’t refer back to 2007-2009 as a period where they “lost 50%” on their investments. Indeed, the S&P 500 Index declined by 57% from the peak in October 2007 […]

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Is “Headlines Risk” the Biggest Risk of All?

The magic of technology has brought us a brand new risk…”headlines risk”. That is, the risk of reacting to media hype and headlines instead of following your long-term financial plan. While newspaper and magazine headlines have been around for more than two centuries, the urgency and ability to act immediately is new. “Headlines risk” may, […]

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