Investing

How is my Credit Score Calculated?

How is my Credit Score Calculated?

Blog“How is my Credit Score Calculated?"   Many people live and die by their credit score and do everything humanly possible to improve it.  Others take a more passive approach by ensuring they pay off their credit card every month and trust they will be viewed...

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Don’t Live with Election Fear

Don’t Live with Election Fear

Blog“Don't Live with Election Fear" It seems to be all we hear about anymore.  What will November 3rd, 2020 produce for the next president of the United States?  Truthfully, with the amount of mail in ballots expected in this election, we may not know on November 3rd,...

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Themes for the Next Decade

Themes for the Next Decade

Blog “Investment Themes for the Next Decade" Let’s face it, 2020 has been a difficult year for so many.  Whether it was the Australian wildfires, the killer hornets, the California fires, or the COVID pandemic, we have had our fair share of tumultuous events.  From...

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4 Exercises for Better Money Habits

4 Exercises for Better Money Habits

Blog “4 Exercises for Better Money Habits" Do you ever find yourself wishing you had better money habits, but you just can’t seem to change your day-to-day actions?  Here’s the good news: It is absolutely within your control to transform your habits and become...

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Why the Dow Jones is not a Great Benchmark

Why the Dow Jones is not a Great Benchmark

Blog “Why the Dow Jones is not a Great Benchmark"   It’s nearly impossible to tune into mainstream media outlets like CNBC without the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) being the focal point amongst stock indices. I, myself, am guilty of quoting the Dow’s price...

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Trends in a Post-COVID World

Trends in a Post-COVID World

Blog “Trends in a Post-COVID World" Where is the stock market going from here?  Why has the market recovered so quickly?  If we don’t find a vaccine for the virus soon, will we see a huge drop in the market?  These are all common questions we are getting from clients...

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Stock Markets and Presidential Elections

Stock Markets and Presidential Elections

Blog “Stock Markets and Presidential Elections" While our post this week might not directly assist you in your quest towards financial independence, but it’s also fun to see how finances can play into so many aspects of our world.  If 2020 hasn’t already been eventful...

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ETFs vs. Mutual Funds

ETFs vs. Mutual Funds

Blog “ETFs vs. Mutual Funds" Exchange Traded Funds or ETF’s are fairly new on the investing scene, at least in relative terms.  ETF’s first came on the scene in 1993 while Mutual Funds have been around since the 1920’s.  Since ETF’s began, there is an ongoing debate...

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Tips for Lowering Taxes in Retirement

Tips for Lowering Taxes in Retirement

Blog “Tips for Lowering Taxes in Retirement" So many financial articles talk about the importance of saving for retirement and how much money you should have saved to retire comfortably.  While that is certainly an important topic, considering how these savings will...

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FOMO with the Stock Market

FOMO with the Stock Market

Blog “FOMO with the Stock Market" “Fear of Missing Out” (AKA FOMO), has become very apparent as individuals try to make sense of the meteoric rise in the stock market over the past 60 days.  We dive into why the stock market has been going up in a recent post which...

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Robo Advisor vs. Financial Advisor

Robo Advisor vs. Financial Advisor

Blog“Robo Advisor vs. Financial Advisor" There has been a lot of debate, especially over the last 10 years, about the “value” that a real-life financial advisor brings to a client.  During this time, the massive growth of rob-advisors such as Betterment, Ally,...

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A Checklist a Decade Away from Retirement

A Checklist a Decade Away from Retirement

Blog“A Checklist a Decade Away from Retirement" For many individuals, saving for retirement is not high on their priority list until those years begin to come into focus.  As you begin the count down to retirement, the pressure can mount, and nerves can start to set...

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Why Is the Stock Market Going Up?

Why Is the Stock Market Going Up?

Blog“Why is the Stock Market Going Up?" Despite record unemployment levels and economic uncertainty that we haven’t seen since 2008, the stock market continues to rally from it’s lows in late March.  From January 1st, 2020 to March 23rd, 2020 the S&P 500 index was...

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Realities of Recessions

Realities of Recessions

Blog“Realities of Recessions”   With everything going on we have heard the term “recession” get thrown around a lot over the past couple of months.  So, what exactly is a recession and how do we determine if we are in one?  Historically, the definition of a recession...

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Is Now the Time for Individual Stocks?

Is Now the Time for Individual Stocks?

Blog“Is Now the Time for Individual Stocks?" As people across the globe are being told to stay put in their homes, it’s not surprising to see some companies suffering more than others. Our normal routines are turned upside down, and so are our normal consumer spending...

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Benefits of Buying Into the Market Over Time

Benefits of Buying Into the Market Over Time

“Benefits of Buying Into the Market Over Time" I’ve received several questions over the past month about where the “bottom” of the stock market is and when is the right time to buy back in?  While I appreciate that these people have sought out my advice, the reality...

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Making Sense of Market Volatility

Making Sense of Market Volatility

“Making Sense of Market Volatility" No doubt most of you would have seen the headlines the past couple of weeks as markets rose and fell quite dramatically.  While we agree there will be financial impacts felt by the global economy, we can’t help but think that...

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What to Make of the Corona Virus Impact

What to Make of the Corona Virus Impact

“What to Make of the Corona Virus Impact" We’ve all seen the news recently as cases of COVID-19 (AKA Corona Virus) have increased not only across China, but also spread into countries such as Italy, Iran, and South Korea.  What should we make of this outbreak and the...

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Showing Your Money Love on Valentine’s Day

Showing Your Money Love on Valentine’s Day

“Showing your Money Love on Valentine's Day" I know what you’re thinking: “What a romantic topic for Valentine’s Day!”  However, there is good reason to talk about finances on a day normally dedicated to romance and that’s because money matters are one of the main...

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Best Advice Received by Financial Advisors

Best Advice Received by Financial Advisors

“Best Advice Received by Financial Advisors" As financial advisors and/or wealth managers we tend to focus the attention on providing advice and guidance to our clients without have the spotlight ever turned back on us.  Much like a doctor or physician, when we have...

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Term Life or Whole Life Insurance

Term Life or Whole Life Insurance

“Term Life or Whole Life Insurance" When it comes to life insurance, most people know they should have something in place, but get confused with all of the different options in front of them.  Life insurance? Eh, we will think about that once we hit that certain age....

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9 Simple Tips for Financial Success

9 Simple Tips for Financial Success

“9 Simple Tips for Financial Success" Having success with finances doesn’t have to be complicated or chalked up to some mystery that only ultra-wealthy individuals know.  Success also isn’t necessarily about being smarter or working harder than everyone else.  Most of...

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The Importance of Zero-Based Budgeting

The Importance of Zero-Based Budgeting

“The Importance of Zero-Based Budgeting" Budgeting isn’t the most exciting topic, but it is the nuts and bolts of someone’s financial picture and is a snapshot into what they value when it comes to money.  While saving and investing are important parts of someone’s...

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2010’s, A Decade in Review

2010’s, A Decade in Review

“2010's, A Decade in Review" As the 2010’s decade draws to a close we thought it important to pause and take a look back at how the financial landscape has changed from 2010 through 2019.  Remember how bleak things looked in 2010 as investors had just come off the...

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