Big Banking Thinks You’re An Idiot (Or A Frog)

  Have you seen the new Bank of America/Merrill and UBS Wealth Management ads? They’ve painted a lovely picture of themselves as people you can trust to talk about financial life management, helping consumers understand financial trade-offs and the general business of specific financial advice. Wait! Aren't these the same firms that have been steadily… Continue reading>

Standing Up to Financial Bullies

Bullies don’t just torment their victims at school or on Facebook. And they don’t just pick on children—adults can be subject to various forms of aggressive emotional abuse at their workplace, their community, even their home. In the financial world, there are bullies of a different sort. There are investment companies who continuously pound consumers… Continue reading>

There’s Only One Thing Certain About Market Uncertainty

You sit down to breakfast, open the web page or your newspaper and the headline hits you right smack between the eyes: "Market Falls on _________ Uncertainty." You can fill in the blank: Global Concerns Federal Reserve Meeting Employment Report Congressional Gridlock The possibilities are endless, but there is a headline all stocked and ready… 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>