What 0.6 Seconds Means to a Parent

Paul FennerLifestyle

Now that I have kids, I often wonder, when I am watching a sporting event, what are the parents going through right now?  What emotions run through a parent’s mind watching their child play at the highest level? I was an athlete growing up, not a very good one, but nothing compares to watching your kids play a sport at … Read More

Is being a hard worker a gene passed down from your family?

Paul FennerLifestyle

Is being a hard worker a gene passed down from your family? My grandfather passed away in July.  No need to be sad; he was almost 103. Do you realize how many stories you get to hear when you meet someone who has lived that long? The story that stands out most to me is what a hard worker my … Read More

Why Forecasting is So Unpredictable

Paul FennerLifestyle

Michael Lewis’s book, The Undoing Project, sets out why it is hard to predict life and financial outcomes.  The book focuses on the unusual relationship forged between two Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. The pair wrote a series of original studies regarding our assumptions about our decision-making process. Their papers showed how the human mind erred systematically when … Read More

We Can’t Grow Without Our Families

Paul FennerLifestyle, Personal Finance, Portfolio Management

By Paul Fenner, CFP®, ChFC®, CRPS® At TAMMA Capital, our business is different from other businesses in a few ways, but perhaps one of the main differences is how we grow and flourish. Our growth is primarily attributed to our client families who let their friends and family know who we are and what we do.  We are incredibly grateful … Read More

How to Scale Yourself and Get More Done Than You Thought Possible

Paul FennerLifestyle

Danny Schreiber has put together a piece that summarizes and provides some additional detail into an earlier post that we put out Scott Hanselman – It’s not what you read, it’s what you ignore. The world provides us with a plethora of opportunities for distractions that help us sidetrack our goals and what we really want out of our lives both personally … Read More

Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

Paul FennerLifestyle

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

Five reasons kids are awesome

Paul FennerLifestyle

College Planning, Triplets

I originally posted this piece in April 2012 after spending about 8 hours in an ER from late into the night to early into this morning with one of the triplets. I found a brief post by fellow financial field colleague  #JoshBrown head at The Reformed Broker.   Given the current pandemic and kids homeschooling, I can definitely relate to … Read More

Optimize Your Spending to Increase Your Happiness

Paul FennerLifestyle

Many people think having more money and the ability to buy whatever they want will make them happier, but in reality, the way you spend your money has a greater impact on your happiness. Research even shows that once you obtain a certain income level ($75,000), your level of happiness does not change much. You have likely heard the expression, “spend money on experiences, not things.” As more research … Read More

Essentialism; If You Don’t Prioritize Your Life, Someone Else Will

Paul FennerLifestyle

I often find myself in discussions with individuals and families regarding the personal and financial priorities that seem to continually push and pull on people.  I try to get people to think and focus on what is essential to them and the lives that they want to lead.  This focus is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and … Read More