How To Ignore Fear-Mongering Headlines (And Still Sleep At Night)

Take a look at any financial website, newsletter or magazine and you will undoubtedly find stories warning you about the Chinese economy, the Fed’s interest rate policies, the impact of the U.S. presidential election, global oil markets, forecast corporate profits and market volatility. But none of these stories—while interesting to read and ponder—is worthy of… Continue reading>

How To Feel Rich—Even When The Markets Are Down

    When markets are plunging and all the news is bad, it’s difficult to stay focused on your current action plan. Even though the gurus, analysts, pundits, money bloggers, newsletter writers and journalists are bombarding the internet, radio, TV and every other media source with news of the next collapse, you can get through… Continue reading>

Financial Security for the Light Sleeper

Have you ever had trouble falling asleep, worried about what would happen if you—fill-in-the-blank with your nightmare—lost your job, tanked your business, got sick and needed expensive treatment? Do those thoughts swim in your subconscious and keep you from fully enjoying your life (or a good night’s sleep)? Stop and consider what it would take… Continue reading>

Why Working Backwards Moves Your Money Forward

“I want to pay off my debt and live without that hanging over my head.” “I want to buy a home.” “I want to afford my kids’ education.” “I want to retire without having to worry.” All these statements are worthy financial goals—seated deeply in personal values that provide a sense of comfort, safety, satisfaction… Continue reading>

Investing In Stocks: There’s Guessing and Second Guessing

    I love listening to technical analysts talk about the market—the jargon drips off their tongues like honey off a spoon. In fact, you can not attend a financial conference without at least one "expert" providing their best bets, top picks and can't miss prognostications. Of course, each one of those presentations also has… Continue reading>

Players and Planners: Which Money Mindset Drives You?

  There are players and there are planners. Players get a rush from the action—making bets, taking chances, expecting the big score. You find them at the track, in the casinos and playing the stock market. They scan the pink sheets like the daily racing forms. They’ve convinced themselves that they are in the 'know'.… Continue reading>

Why Make A Money Plan? You’re Going To Die Anyway

  There are dozens of dopey rationalizations people give for not taking their financial responsibility seriously.  While it’s human to make up all sorts of excuses why we do things or don’t do them, those rationalizations typically come back to bite us where it hurts the most. Here are the top 10 excuses I’ve heard… Continue reading>

When “Touchy-Feely” In Finance Is A Good Thing

Ever hear the words “touchy feely” to describe a financial planner? It tends to tick me off since it often comes attached to an “ick factor” that implies something inappropriate or at least completely uncomfortable. Here’s the thing: many financial planners have erected for themselves a secure platform above the fray, from where they can… Continue reading>