It’s Not About The Goal: How Financial Planning Has It All Wrong

Alice and John said that their goal was to travel in retirement. They laid out detailed trips to exotic locations, opportunities to explore and soak in new cultures and customs. It was clearly very high on their list. After they finished waxing poetic on their various dream destinations, we started to talk about their three… Continue reading>

From 2D to 3D: Adding The Human Dimension to Financial Planning

A typical financial plan is two-dimensional: assets minus debt = net worth. Income less expenses = surplus or deficit. All projected out into the future to discover whether a plan can work (or not). But no matter how complex and conservative the modeling, it’s all guesswork until you factor in the missing link that leads… Continue reading>

Sending Your Kids Off To College (Ready or Not)

Walking through the airport in mid-August, I was surrounded by swarms of families saying their goodbyes as their teenagers embarked for their freshman college experience. Lingering hugs and tears—parents sending kids off to their next chapter, with lots of fears, hopes and unknowns ahead. I could empathize with them (been there, done that.) It's a… Continue reading>

Lessons in “Jetership”

At 40, Derek Jeter will retire after 20 years of professional baseball, taking with him five World Series rings, fourteen All-Star appearances, five Gold Gloves, five Silver Sluggers, two Hank Aaron awards and the Yankees’ all time hit title. All lame Ford commercials aside, Derek, on the field, stands for giving 100% of yourself to… Continue reading>

What Coffee, Life and Money Happiness Have In Common

My friend—let's call him Jim—is a complete and utter coffee geek. He buys green beans, roasts them to his liking, grinds them to the perfect consistency and measures the exact amount of ground coffee (in grams) for each serving. He—lovingly—prepares his coffee-making machine, making sure the water is at the right temperature before introducing it… Continue reading>