Our Mixed Up, Messed Up Relationship with Investment Risk

  5/25/16 “What the imagination can’t conjure, reality delivers with a shrug.” – Trumbo (movie voice-over)   Whether it’s the recent destruction wrought by Canada’s Fort McMurray oil sands wildfire, a potential June “Brexit” from the European Union...

Socially Responsible Investing

5/5/2016 Many investors are starting to research the companies that they invest in to find out if they care about their impact on the environment, if they are socially responsible, and if they invest in sustainable programs. This is increasingly...

Are You Unintentionally Sabotaging Your Estate?

  4/22/2016 If you’re like many Americans, you’re working hard to make a good living and provide all the perks of life to your children and family members. On the surface, this seems to make sense. Obviously, we all want  to take care of the ones we...

Why Your Portfolio May Not Be as Diverse as You Think

  4/06/2016 As a savvy investor, you probably already know that diversification is key to having a balanced, secure and low-risk financial portfolio. By dividing your assets among a variety of asset classes, industries, geographic regions, and stock...

Gender Gap in Retirement Security Sentiment

3/17/2016 The ninth annual America Saves Week survey indicates that more Americans doubt their ability to maintain their quality of life during their retirement years. A slight majority of those surveyed, 52% of respondents, stated that they had a...

Social Security File & Suspend Deadline is Approaching

3/10/2016 April 29 is the Last Day to Suspend Retirement Benefits Under Current Rules The Social Security Administration recently announced a major shift for retirees that is slated to take effect this spring under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015...

The Persistence Scorecard

03/04/2016 The Short-Lived Success of Active Fund Management The higher they soar, the harder they fall or Why Pay a Premium for Underperformance? Making a case for low-cost passive management Many active fund managers measure their worth and...

Tips on Assisting Aging Parents with Their Finances

2/02/2016   As your parents age, it may become more difficult for them to handle financial responsibilities on their own. Relinquishing independence, especially on financial matters, is often a sensitive topic and should be broached carefully, but...

10 Important Income Tax Changes in 2016

  1/20/2016   The new year has begun and so has a new tax year. By understanding the latest changes in the tax code, you can better plan for this tax season and your 2016 financial goals. Here are 10 of the most important tax changes to be aware of...

The Hazards of Buying Individual Stocks

1/5/2016 Everywhere you turn, financial media pundits seem to revel in the excitement and drama about the ups and downs of individual stocks in the market. In fact, you will likely find a wealth of commentary on the “top stock picks for 2016”...

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Understand the Ins and Outs of Medicare

11/7/17 If you’re turning 65 soon, it’s time to learn the ins and outs of Medicare, the federal health insurance program for seniors that is run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Currently, 57 million beneficiaries—or...

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...