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Women: Use Your Clout as a Consumer
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Volatility is a Two-Way Street
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The Best Defenses Against a Stock Market Crash – Review, Rebalance, Reconsider and Relax
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Women Who Blazed Trails in Business and Finance
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Reasons #12 & #35 That You Might Need A Financial Advisor

Women: Use Your Clout as a Consumer

Recently, CNN reported, “SnapChat stock loses $800 million after Rihanna responds to offensive ad,” one that she said made light of domestic violence. That startling monetary loss came not because this celebrity stopped patronizing them herself but because she also asked her fans to drop Snapchat as well.

While everyone does not meticulously research the retailers and service providers that get their dollars,  more people are paying attention to the stances the businesses they patronize take on certain issues. You can use your clout as a consumer to express your views on political and social issues, especially if …

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Volatility is a Two-Way Street

In many cases, whenever we think of volatility we think negatively. Try it yourself. Think of the word volatility and say it out loud. What thoughts, words, or images pop into your head? Bad news? Market losses? Losing money? The color red?

The point is that we tend to give volatility a bad rap – and rightfully so. Generally, the word is thrown at us during periods of when the market, and our investments, lose value. Volatility, however, works both ways. It’s also present when the market and our investments are doing well. We just don’t call it volatility. We …

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The Best Defenses Against a Stock Market Crash – Review, Rebalance, Reconsider and Relax

When I look at charts for the US stock market, it reminds me of some of the Mt. Tam trails that I hike. It seems as if the uphill will never end. And then, it does end, just as I turn a bend. The walking sticks come out of the daypacks of my hiking friends, and we catch our breath and become conscious of how much more treacherous the trail becomes as gravel scatters under our boots and rocks we use as stepping stones teeter. I wish all investors had their own investment walking stick equivalent. They don’t. They are, …

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Women Who Blazed Trails in Business and Finance

Madam C.J. Walker

For Women’s History Month, LearnVest published an article about “Female Financial Trailblazers You May Have Never Heard Of” and whether you have already heard about these women or not their stories are inspiring. Even if you know of them, it helps to be reminded of what women can accomplish in business and finance. These women not only stood out for their skill in earning money; they were role models of leadership and left legacies of philanthropy and community service.

Madam C.J. Walker, daughter of former slaves, was orphaned, married, and widowed—all before she …

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Reasons #12 & #35 That You Might Need A Financial Advisor

Bob Dylan might need a financial advisorTrying not to be self-serving with this – I am, after all, a financial advisor.  The point of this post is to explain that, in spite of all of the negative press that folks in the financial advice-giving business often receive, there are still very good reasons you might need a financial advisor on your side.  You definitely need to make sure you’re been careful about choosing the advisor. There are plenty of articles to help you find one when you need a financial advisor.

The Basics

As I’ve mentioned here before on several occasions, there are three primary things …

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