Jul 25

Three Factors That Affect Your Social Security Decision

I am often asked the critical question of should I take my social security benefits early or wait until full retirement age or beyond?  Issuing a blanket response or answer to that question can lead people down the wrong path, especially on this subject.  While I believe many people would benefit the most by waiting […]

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Jul 18

What is Asset Allocation and How It Impacts Your Investments

One of the key drivers of investment performance is asset allocation.  Extensive research by Vanguard has shown that 88% of your investment returns can be traced back to your asset allocation.  Asset allocation is the balance between three main assets classes, equities (stocks), fixed-income (bonds), and cash and equivalents. As I laid out in the […]

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Jun 27

Four Ways to Protect Yourself from Ponzi Schemes

I had a friend text me this story about Kevin Garnett, who is yet another high profile athlete or entertainer who has come out on the wrong end of some horrible financial advice (see here and here).  Within the text, my friend asked, “how does this happen to people?”  My response is, as long as […]

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Jun 20

Six Last-Minute Strategies to Save for College

Advising parents who have started saving for college a little too late can be a very difficult conversation.  Telling a student who has worked diligently over the last 3 or 4 years to get into a prestigious college or the college of their dreams that they can’t afford to go is gut-wrenching. While inflation may […]

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Jun 13

3 Tactics to Help Simplify Wealth Planning

The best wealth management plan has nothing to do with “outside forces” beyond your control, but rather everything to do with what’s most important to you.  Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the supposed complexity surrounding financial decisions, a straightforward wealth management plan can bring clarity and peace of mind about which strategies will work best […]

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