Finding The Balance Between “Needs” vs. “Wants”

The question of what you “want” vs. what you “need” can be a tricky discussion filled with hidden dreams and pent up anger. Your feelings over this question might range from guilt to gratitude, battling between your adult brain and your inner child. The adult holding closely to gratitude for health, shelter and security, while… Continue reading>

Avoiding Tax Disaster—Beware Of These 4 Common Tax Scams

The “Dirty Dozen” list of Tax Scams for 2017 has been released by the Internal Revenue Service. Inside this list resides some all too common and devastating tax horrors of which to be aware and vigilant. The top 4 most common tax scams are: Phishing, Phone Scams, Identity Theft and Return Preparer Fraud. Let’s take… Continue reading>

When It Comes to Your Money, Does the Truth Hurt?

“We’ve been arguing about this for year, and here we are in our 50’s. It’s time to stop!” Laura said empathically. Paul’s downcast eyes and silence spoke volumes. Laura continued, “We’ve worked with several advisors who have tried to help us invest our money in a sensible way. Then whenever the market goes down, Paul… Continue reading>

Don’t Have A Retirement Plan Yet? Here’s Where To Start

When it comes to retirement and planning, I’ve heard them all: “I love what I do. I can’t imagine doing anything else.” “I’ll never have enough money to retire, so I’ll work until I die.” “I have no hobbies, so I might as well work.” “I’d be bored outta my skull if I didn’t work.”… Continue reading>

7 Decisions That Can Lead You to Financial Misery

“Fake” news: One of the most controversial and trending topics to discuss today. Who is trolling whom— and what is the real agenda behind all those stories that you see on social media? When it comes to making money decisions, you need to decide what advice is real or fake—or be able to see the… Continue reading>

A Financial Warning: If All You Have Is a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail

We are surrounded by articles, advertisements and enticements prompting investors where to find the best yield, the best returns, the best investments, the best everything. And who doesn’t want the best? It seems you are always "a mere click away" from finding the highest yield on a money market fund, the lowest rate on a mortgage,… Continue reading>

YOU ARE GETTING BAD ADVICE

If there’s a common thread among nearly every person I talk to, it’s an unfortunate one:  People are getting bad financial advice.  No, TERRIBLE advice.  That is, if they’re getting advice at all.  Let’s be clear:  selling an annuity or insurance product only counts as “advice” in the context of my profession.  We do not… Continue reading>