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,...

Indexes and Your Investments: An Introduction

2/24/17 The Dow Jones Industrial Average reached 20,000 in January, and at the time of this writing, it is well on its way toward 21,000. What does an index really represent, and what does it mean to you as an investor? We will be tackling these...

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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...

Charitable Giving Under New Tax Laws: Understanding the Donor-Advised Fund (DAF)

2/28/18 No matter how the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) may alter your tax planning, we’d like to believe one thing will remain the same: With or without a tax write-off, many Americans will still want to give generously to the charities of...