A Nobel Nod To The Irrational

The University of Chicago’s Professor Richard Thaler walked off with the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work researching Behavior Finance. His work, including his 2008 book “Nudge” demonstrates that humans are predictably irrational and can make bad decisions that fly in the face of good solid information. For example, people will refuse to spend… Continue reading>

Isaac Newton’s Guide To Financial Success

I remember my father quoting the law of physics regarding things in motion staying in motion and things at rest staying at rest. Still today, my eyes involuntarily roll at the memory. These reminders of Newton’s law usually came when I was ignoring my list of chores in favor of leisurely pursuits. In other words,… Continue reading>

Does Your Financial Advisor Tell You Things You Don’t Want To Hear?

I am not referring to the “financial advisor” who advises you to double down on a stock or buy an annuity or insurance product while requesting your signature. I am referring to the financial advisor who communicates with you that you’re not saving enough for the goals you’ve laid out, that you’re not taking action… Continue reading>

6 Common DIY Portfolio Mistakes

DIYing has grown in popularity over the years. And, why not? There’s a high level of satisfaction to building, fixing, and installing projects on your own (and subsequently showing off the completed project on social media, of course). Not only does it save money, it creates pride and accomplishment. However, when it comes to managing… Continue reading>

5 Common Mistakes People Make When Saving For College

Here's how to avoid making them. For many, providing an education for your children is a core value. As parents, we want to launch our children with the tools necessary to live independent and productive lives. However, we also must acknowledge that, as parents, we are swimming in a confusing ocean of wants, needs, desires,… Continue reading>

The Best Kept Secret In The Financial Services World

It’s no secret that the financial industry is at a crossroads. Traditional business methods and tactics are slowly being pushed out by a new, consumer friendly approach. However, not so fast—the old model is still ingrained in our psyches and our lives: Sales people selling stocks, bonds, mutual funds, wrap accounts, insurance products and annuities.… Continue reading>

7 Steps to Money Success

We all desire a self-defined level of financial comfort. For some, this might mean having the ability to pay the bills and have no debt. For others, the dream of elaborate mansions and fancy cars stoke their imagination. In a world where many navigate a rocky financial landscape with little to no financial knowledge, the… Continue reading>

Summer Is Here! Time To Make Your New Year’s Resolution

Why wait until the cold bleak months of December to make a New Year’s resolution? When summer hits, our moods brighten, our excitement heightens, and we’re more inclined to be active—physically or mentally. Summer is the best season for New Year’s resolutions because you have the warmth and sun to promote that connectedness between thought… Continue reading>

Money FAQ’s: Personal Finance 101

Unless personal finance is a subject on which you devote significant time reading and learning, you likely have questions. As a Certified Financial Planner, I’ve been answering questions for a long time—some questions come up more frequently than others. Following are some of the most frequently asked questions about personal finance. Perhaps these questions are… Continue reading>