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How To Be Unhappy But Successful

2021 – 03/05 by Tim Maurer, CFP Are you measuring yourself in the gap or the gain?” No, this isn’t a question pitting retail clothing against laundry detergent. It’s a question posed by Greg McKeown, the author of the essential book Essentialism, in his recent 1-Minute Wednesday newsletter. Your answer matters, both in the way…

Finding a College That Fits Your Budget and Your Child

February 5, 2021 by David Ressner Knowledge is power. That fact applies to so many parts of life, especially college planning. Until recently, college admissions and financial aid were black boxes. But lately, light has been shone into that box. You can take advantage of that knowledge, rather than being taken advantage of, when searching…

The Crazy Stuff We Do With Money – Explained

February 5, 2021 by Tim Mauer, CFP I’ve got some good news. You’re not crazy. That’s the message of one of my favorite books of 2020, “The Psychology of Money,” written by Morgan Housel and inspired by a popular blog post he wrote in 2018. It’s a compelling read and the book offers many great lessons, but…

The Illusion of a Linear Life – and Financial Plan

February 5, 2021 by Tim Maurer, CFP “For the simplicity that lies this side of complexity, I would not give a fig, but for the simplicity that lies on the other side of complexity, I would give my life.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes The most basic forms of financial planning are nearly worthless. This is because they are…

Stocks, Risk, and Your Roth IRA

February 5, 2021 by Patrick Kuster, AIF A great deal of attention often goes into deciding what a portfolio should own, especially when tailoring its allocation to specific retirement goals, risk tolerance, time horizon, and other individual factors. But which types of accounts own which investments also deserves careful consideration, as an account’s tax treatment…

Saving Too Much Too Early

2021 – 01/08 by Jeffrey Levine When it comes to retirement planning and building up the proverbial nest-egg, there are few pieces of advice more universally accepted than “save as much as possible as early as possible.” Certainly, taking such action is often one of the best ways to grow your retirement savings, but like…

The Right (or Wrong) Way to Retire

2021 – 01/08 by Connie Brezik Last year certainly had its challenges. For instance, your job or career may have been affected, perhaps requiring you to work from home, stop all your usual travel, and forcing you to learn new online technologies to keep in touch with your clients and customers. These changes may have…

Two Ways to Align Your Money with Your Values

December 4, 2020 by Kurt Wunderlich As the great Biggie Smalls once said, “Mo money mo problems.” But is that true? Or do people just not use the money they earn and save correctly? How can we use money as a tool to increase the level of overall joy and contentment in our lives? What…

Giving the Gift of Financial Independence

December 4, 2020 by Zach Novak Can you think back to your formative years and bring to mind a gift or two that you still recall fondly to this day? Now fast-forward back to your adulthood. I’m sure we’ve all noticed how difficult it can be to replicate those types of gifts for children and…

Give the Gift of Long-Term Happiness

2020 – 11/03 by Kurt Wunderlich We’ve all seen the pictures: Kids in their pajamas sitting amongst dozens of presents stacked high around them, massive grins on their faces as they get ready to rip through the wrapping paper like the Tasmanian Devil. As parents, we think, “Wow, that is one happy kid. He’s the…

Fixed Income’s Place in Your Portfolio

2020 – 11/03 by Connie Brezik For many years, we have experienced historically low interest rates, and expectations are that the Federal Reserve will maintain is near-zero rate policy through the end of 2022 or until it sees inflation rise. This means that your investments in fixed income securities, such as cash, certificates of deposit…

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