Author - Michael J. Garry, CFP®, JD/MBA

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Look Past the Headlines for Stock Returns
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How the Financial Planning Process Creates Change
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529 College Saving Plans
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Stock Market Paths, Pull Backs, Poor Memory, and what’s Normal?
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Survivorship Bias

Look Past the Headlines for Stock Returns

If you are interested in knowing how the stock markets are doing, you have to look past the headlines.

I don’t know how many times I’ve gotten an alert on my phone and saw a headline that said “Dow Plunges!” or “NASDAQ Tumbles!”, and I’ve gone and looked to see what happened and those markets were down like 1% or 0.9%. That’s not really a tumble.

If you went to the grocery store and your favorite tuna went from $2 to $1.98 and the guy there says, “Oh look at that – the price just plunged!” you wouldn’t really believe …

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How the Financial Planning Process Creates Change

How the Financial Planning Process Creates Change

Our blog exchange continues and this month we have a blog from Rich Feight, CFP®, EA.

As the financial planning industry transitions into a Fiduciary standard of advice for retirement accounts the financial planning process will become more and more important. It’s important to understand that it’s a process and not a transaction. In other words, financial planning is something you enter into with a desired goal, and come out of the other side with expectations of meeting those goals. Of course, like any good process, it’s something you constantly must update and …

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529 College Saving Plans

This month we have a guest blog post from Dave Fernandez, CFP® who is a native of Arizona and has over 20 years of financial services experience.  He started his financial services career in 1995, is a NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor and is the owner of a fee only financial planning and wealth management firm, Wealth Engineering, located in Scottsdale.

529 College Saving Plans

Many of my clients have children, grandchildren or other loved ones who plan to attend college in the future. However, it is becoming more challenging each year to plan for the cost of college as …

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Stock Market Paths, Pull Backs, Poor Memory, and what’s Normal?

This month’s Blog post comes to us from Stephen Reh, an adviser in Southern California who I’ve known for some time. I think it’s a good one and timely for Halloween.

Have you ever had a moment when you look back on memory such as a vacation and think “that was one of the best trips I can remember”? Then you mention what a great vacation it was to someone who was with you and they remind you that you had food poisoning, lost your luggage, and you called the trip the worst trip of your life. For whatever reason, …

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Survivorship Bias

This month we have a guest blog post from Dave Fernandez, CFP® who is a native of Arizona and has over 20+ years of experience.  He started his financial services career in 1995, is a NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor and is the owner of a fee only financial planning and wealth management firm, Wealth Engineering, located in Scottsdale.

Survivorship Bias

Sports fans love to compare the sports heroes of their childhood era to current athletes and make a claim on who was the best ever.  In many sports this claim on who was the best athlete of a particular …

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