Office Stress: His vs. Hers

Paul FennerLifestyle

This is a rather personal post for me since my wife maintains a full-time career.  Stress is something that my wife and I have had to deal with our entire careers and especially since we had our triplets nearly 4.5 years ago.  I speak to a lot of couples who face similar issues in trying to find some balance in … Read More

IRS provides details into Suspicious e-Mails and Identity Theft

Paul FennerPersonal Finance

IRA

The information below comes directly from the IRA and was recently posted on the IRS website.  The Internal Revenue Service has issued several recent consumer warnings on the fraudulent use of the IRS name or logo by scamsters trying to gain access to consumers’ financial information in order to steal their identity and assets. When identity theft takes place over the … Read More

Most investing is simple, but we complicate it

Paul FennerPortfolio Management

Money

I am a big believer of simplification, especially when it comes to investing where there is still a significant amount of luck involved with investment returns.  There is up to a certain point where a high IQ helps you before it starts to hurt you in the investment world. Morgan Housel of the WSJ touched on this in his article in which he zones in on … Read More

The Millionaire Next Door

Paul FennerPersonal Finance

According to research by Thomas Corley author of “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals,” and “Rich Kids: How To Raise Our Kids To Be Happy And Successful In Life.” it takes the average self-made millionaire 38 years for 52% and 42 years for 21% to mint their first million dollars. Only a handful, 4%, became wealthy in less than 27 years. … Read More

Why Productive People Get Up Insanely Early

Paul FennerLifestyle

Trying to balance a business, dual careers with my wife, and 4 kids under the age of 5 certainly take a lot of balance.  Many times I feel like I am running through life out of balance.  But what is balance?  It is largely subjective and relative to each person. So how do I try to find balance in my … Read More

The Learning Myth: Why I’ll Never Tell My Son He’s Smart

Paul FennerLifestyle

Fascinating piece here by Salman Kahn founder of the Kahn academy.  For those of you not familiar with the Kahn Academy, it is a non-profit educational organization created in 2006 that provides “a free world-class education for anyone, anywhere”. The organization produces micro lectures in the form of YouTube videos. Between the deep body of research on the field of learning mindsets … Read More

A Tribute to Camille Jayne

Paul FennerLifestyle

As some readers may know I am a proud supporter of The Community House located here in Birmingham, MI.  The Community House (TCH) is a nonprofit that impacts lives through exceptional educational, social, and outreach experiences.  TCH promises that those we touch will be enriched with a unique combination of heightened learning, camaraderie, and the satisfaction of knowing they are … Read More

Social Security Strategies

Paul FennerRetirement Planning

Retirement

I received an email recently to remind me to check my annual Social Security Statement.  Typically these statements would be mailed to you every year but the agency did away with that practice for most people a few years ago in order to cut costs.  Setting up an online account is easy and you get to see more options compared … Read More