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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” […]

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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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LetsTalkAboutTrust

Let’s Talk About Trust

When you boil out all the other variables, investors are left with just a single question: “Who can I trust?” The clamoring noises from the media, fancy TV ads, and complicated financial products all fade into the background. The most important issue is trust.   Relationships Built on Trust More than three decades ago, we […]

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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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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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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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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 […]

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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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