Archive - August 2017

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Nothing is Everything
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Primer on Indexes; What Are They? Part 1.
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Retirement Planning Can Ease Anxiety
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How to Set Retirement Goals
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Financial Regulation Offices (by State)

Nothing is Everything

I’m a fool for doing this, but I do read some comments on Facebook posts. I saw a rather touching one recently, where a young woman noted, “When you have kids, they’re your everything”. Boy, do I know what she means. In my uber-Mommy phase, I went so far as to wear a corduroy jumper  appliquéd with a teddy bear carrying a Christmas tree, just because it would delight my then-little daughter. Luckily there are no pictures.

Over time, I’ve also heard people declare their spouse, lover, job, and pets to be “everything”. Then there are the magic bullets we …

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Primer on Indexes; What Are They? Part 1.

This article about the stock index first appeared in a monthly news letter to my clients in March of this year. This is the first part of a four part mini-series.

Since nearly every media outlet on the planet reported the news, you probably already know that the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 20,000 for the first time on January 25, 2017. But when a popular index like the Dow is on a tear, up or down, what does it really mean to you and your investments?

Great question. In this multi-part series, we’re going to cover some of the …

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Retirement Planning Can Ease Anxiety

Louise Nayer, author of Poised for Retirement: Moving From Anxiety to Zen, kept a diary right before she officially retiring and during the first few years of retirement and she used this, along with interviews and research, to write a book to help retirees.

Nayer told Forbes in an interview that she found whether people were well prepared or ill prepared for retirement, they were all worried about money.

In hindsight, Nayer considers some financial decisions her family made and says she might have done some things differently. She muses that her children may have been just …

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How to Set Retirement Goals

Yogi Berra once said, “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going because you might not get there.” Perhaps he was pondering retirement. Without a retirement plan you can’t tell “if you’re there yet.”

But saving something toward retirement and hoping for the best does not constitute an adequate plan. Because retirement is years – even decades – away, planning is more critical, not less. The more detailed the retirement plan, the greater the likelihood of success.

All financial planning begins by listing your financial goals. Most of us are not motivated primarily …

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Financial Regulation Offices (by State)

While the gossip of the moment is about the fiduciary standard, it’s important to realize that people can fall victim to bad financial advice, even from a fiduciary.  Most fee-only financial planners are registered as investment advisers.

Every registered investment advisor (RIA) is required to file form ADV, which contains a lot of information.  RIAs are also required to register with either a state regulatory office or the Securities & Exchange Commission.

These regulatory offices are responsible for ensuring that RIAs comply with federal and state laws.  They should also be your first checking point to ensure:

  • The person
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