24 Stock Market Reality Checks You Need To Know Now

The U.S. stock market has seen a pretty good run up over the last several months. The jobs reports have been favorable and your 401(k) statement probably looks quite attractive. Smiles abound and life is good—and you’ve likely stopped avoiding the mail-man’s delivery of your monthly investment statement. In fact, you open the envelop with… Continue reading>

Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall: 4 Steps To Financial Self-Assessment

If life were only as simple and fun as a BuzzFeed quiz, we’d be awarding ourselves with lavish titles of “hero”, “artist” or “divine spirit”. But alas, self-assessment, when it comes to your personal finances, acumen can be deeply challenging. We tend to believe we are champions of knowledge and experience, but the reality might… Continue reading>

When It Comes To Your Financial Success: What Is The Meaning Of “More” vs. “Less”?

Less is more. More is less. Financial success is all about balance, perspective, knowledge, values, and how you define what is most important to your happiness. For some, the idea of “more” holds a level of allure and enticement that will motivate their actions to make more money and surround themselves with the trappings of… Continue reading>

How Getting A Sizeable Tax Refund Can Lead To More Dollars Into Your Future Paychecks

If you are like most people, getting a sizeable tax refund is a celebration. That unexpected windfall might lead you to dreams of vacations or purchases of those seemingly unattainable special items that suddenly became attainable. But before the endorphins lead you to bad decisions, take stock of reasons for the large refund and how… Continue reading>

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>

When the World Feels Out of Control, Focus on What You Can Control

For those suffering from post-election PTSD or other feelings of worry, despair or emotional upheaval, your pain is shared throughout the country and the world. However, for the sake of your emotional health and your ability to pilot the controllable factors in your life, it’s important to shift to another focus periodically. Fear and worry… 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>