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Apr

22

2016

I LOVE GOLD!

A week does not go by without someone asking me what I think about gold.  Let’s make something clear, I LOVE GOLD!  Who doesn’t?  However, these people are asking me what I think about gold as an investment. Well, I really don’t have an opinion. You see, the issue of whether or not gold is a good investment isn’t the real concern. It’s the percentage...

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Apr

15

2016
So, You Got a Refund?

So, You Got a Refund?

The tax year has come and gone and you get your usual refund. What do you do with it? Or, better yet, is it good to even get a refund?  According to Bankrate.com, three out of four taxpayers received a refund of $3,000 in 2015!  Although you may look at this a “windfall” or forced savings plan, you are essentially giving your money to the...

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Apr

06

2016
So you want to retire early? Follow these steps to success.

So you want to retire early? Follow these steps to success.

There are two main components to a successful retirement, “emotional” and “financial” preparedness. Having both at retirement is the ultimate goal. I see people who are ready to retire emotionally, they just don’t have the money. I’ve also seen the other side of that equation. To retire early it’s even more important to have both. Here are a few steps to follow: 1) Reduce or...

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Mar

30

2016
Changing jobs?  Be aware of these rollover mistakes!

Changing jobs? Be aware of these rollover mistakes!

So for whatever the reason, you are switching jobs. Your new employer has a great 401(k) with tremendous matching and you immediately signup. But what about that old plan you have, what should you do? Here are a few options and suggestions: 1) You can leave the money where it is. You will want to check the expenses that you are incurring as well as...

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Mar

17

2016
Is This Career For You?

Is This Career For You?

I am often asked if the financial planning field is a desirable industry to work in. Well, like many questions, it depends. I came into “the biz” in October 1989. At that time, the industry was very focused on insurance related products and did not involve much planning. Much of the training consisted of telling a prospective client, “Hey, we have this great product that...

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Mar

09

2016

How to Assess the Strength of Your Insurance Company

After careful deliberations you have concluded insurance will help you (or your loved ones) achieve financial success.  Now I have not discussed what type of insurance, just the fact it is insurance. In my opinion the single greatest item (yes, more important the cost) is the strength of the company you are relying on. There are 4 independent agencies that rate the financial strength of insurance...

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Mar

04

2016
Financial DNA: What Is It And How Does It Work?

Financial DNA: What Is It And How Does It Work?

I have often said investing money for people is the easy part. It’s dealing with investor’s emotions that makes this endeavor more challenging. Helping new investors uncover their biases and perceptions about money will help strengthen the relationships they have with advisors. A new study from Leon Morales at DNA Research backs up this point. A 46 question quiz helps identify each investor’s own personality types....

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Feb

24

2016
A 3d Rendered Illustration showing a Rise and  Fall in Interest with symbol percent

Will Rising Interest Rates Affect Your Pension?

If you’re getting close to retirement and have decided to take monthly payments from your pension, then rising interest will have little impact (today) on your decision. However, if you’re considering or have been offered a lump sum payment, rising rates can make the timing of your decision critical. Or as Donald Trump says, “This will be HUGE.” Most pensions will use the present value...

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Feb

09

2016
Senior couple riding bicycles in the nature

Getting Your ‘Better Half’ Involved In The Finances

Getting your spouse to be as excited about finances as you are may be a tall task. However, it is critically important that both parties get actively involved in the planning process. Here are a few tips you should consider when you are trying to convince your better half to be involved with your finances. Don’t pressure them:  If at first you don’t succeed, instead...

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Jan

22

2016

Stocks Off to the Worst Start in 90 Years

“Stocks are off to the worst start in 90 years & 70% of investors lost money in 2015.” Other than that everything is great. No seriously. I can’t see the relevancy of reporting information to the public like that. Other than to try to scare people or invoke them into some type of investment philosophy change, assuming they had one. I recently had a caller...

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