4 Key Steps Every Athlete Must Take Before Hiring a Financial Planner or Advisor

10/31/17 Many financial planners dream of landing an athlete or celebrity as their client, but the truth is, not every financial planner has the tools and expertise to handle the complexities of managing a portfolio like this. Most clients have...

7 Estate Planning Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

10/24/17 Most people would probably prefer to put off planning for their death. But if you own anything of value—and most people do—then you’ll want to add estate planning to your to-do list soon. An estate plan establishes what will happen to...

Off to College: Books, Bedding and a Power of Attorney?

9/11/17 When your child prepares to head off to college, putting a power of attorney in place for them is likely the last thing on your mind. After all, they’re just about to test the waters of adulthood, of true independence, and there’s so much...

Financial Planning Steps after Losing a Spouse

8/15/17 Nothing can prepare you for losing your spouse. If you have recently been widowed, the world seems to demand rapid response to weighty decisions at every turn. Among the hardships of losing a spouse are legal decisions, financial pressures...

Are You Prepared for a Market “Correction”?

6/30/17 Before we proceed, let’s get two things straight: First, there is no such thing as a “correction”. When buyers and sellers agree on a price, that is the correct market price. However, there have been and will be large market price declines...

DOL’s Fiduciary Rule Goes into Effect on June 9

6/1/17 After a 60-day delay from its original schedule, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule – an investor-protection law created under the Obama administration – is now set to go into effect on June 9, 2017. Many investors are wondering...

The Uncertainty Paradox

5/11/17 “The market hates uncertainty” has been a common enough saying in recent years, but how logical is it? There are many different aspects to uncertainty, some that can be measured and some that cannot. Uncertainty is an unchangeable...

Indexes and Your Investments: Part IV

3/31/17 The Opportunities and Challenges of Index Investing In the late 1800s, Charles Dow, the father of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, originally set out to measure market trends and forecast market movements through the creation of the world...

Indexes and Your Investments: Part III

3/23/17 Index Fund History, Types, and Definitions Explained In our last Indexes and Your Investments blog post, we reviewed what makes the most popular index funds rise above the rest and how the individual stocks in these popular index funds are...

Indexes and Your Investments: Part II

3/9/17 A breakdown of how index funds are formed As we learned in our introductory “Indexes and Your Investments” blog post, index funds are groups of stocks, similar to mutual funds, containing stocks with similar characteristics, such as size,...

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An Evidence-Based Approach to Sustainable Investing

7/19/18 Part I: Setting the Sustainable Stage                              If there’s one trait most of us share, it’s a desire to make the world a better place. No wonder there’s so much interest in sustainable investing. Who wouldn’t want to try...

The Impact of Inflation

6/21/18 When the prices of goods and services increase over time, consumers can buy fewer of them with every dollar they have saved. This erosion of the real purchasing power of wealth is called inflation. Inflation is an important element of...

It’s Time to Get Serious About Your Happiness

5/24/18 There’s a great quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: “We are our choices.” When it comes to our happiness and our overall success in life, that’s truer than you might have realized. Taking time to examine the choices you make in your life and work...

Sailing with the Tides

4/17/18 Embarking on a financial plan is like sailing around the world. The voyage won’t always go to plan, and there’ll be rough seas. But the odds of reaching your destination increase greatly if you are prepared, flexible, patient, and well-...

10 Things To Do Right Now While Markets Are (Not Really) Tanking

  4/02/18 “This is a test; this is only a test. Had this been an actual emergency …” The truth is, the markets are not tanking as we write this piece. In fact, overall market temperatures have been so mild for so long, many newer investors have...