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What is Financial Life Planning? And What it Means to Us

2022-10-03T18:00:00+00:00August 8, 2022|Family Financial Information, Financial Planning Psychology|

What comes to mind when you hear "financial planning"?  You probably think about money management—investments, budgeting, saving, debt, etc. You might think about it as an endless loop of spreadsheets, numbers, statistics, and fact-based meetings with your advisor, all of which blur together. While financial planning will involve some data and money talk, What if we told you that wasn't even close to the complete picture?  Your investments, family budget, retirement projections, and more make [...]

Why Beneficiaries Are Important to Your Estate Plan (And Why You Should Probably Update Them)

2022-08-01T14:54:36+00:00August 1, 2022|Estate Planning, Family Financial Information|

You know what they say about the best-laid plans....or maybe not? In our book, the best-laid plans are the ones you review again and again, which is especially true for your estate plan. Say something happened to you and your family had to care for your estate. Wouldn’t you want to have all your ducks in a row, so they don’t have to wrangle them?  And what happens if, when they have those ducks, they [...]

4 Investment Mistakes Women Want to Avoid On Their Wealth-Building Journey

2022-08-09T20:43:12+00:00July 29, 2022|Blog, Investments|

Facts are facts, and the facts say that women are awesome investors.  Recent data from Fidelity discovered that when women invest, they tend to outperform their male counterparts by 40 basis points (0.4%). Couple that with data from McKinsey, which estimates that women will control a significant portion of the $30 trillion wealth transfer from the baby boomer generation, and the future of money is looking female. But for all of these “wins,” there will [...]

How To Financially Support Your Children And Teach Them The Value of Money

2022-06-29T01:31:09+00:00July 15, 2022|Family Financial Information, Financial Planning Psychology|

As a parent, you may always feel like you want to take care of your children. But that shouldn't translate to paying for everything throughout their lives.  It’s a wonderful gift to financially support your kids, and it's another to empower them with the knowledge and care to financially support themselves one day.  There is a saying, “if you give a man a fish, he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish, [...]

4 Questions To Discuss With Your Child Before You Pay For Graduate School

2022-06-29T01:19:50+00:00July 1, 2022|College Planning, Family Financial Information|

Graduate school applications and admissions are on the rise. With more and more students pursuing graduate-level education, it begs the question,  Should parents have to foot that bill, too?  Maybe you’ve already committed funds to your child’s undergraduate degree. Or perhaps this is the first time your child is asking for your help with education expenses. You may find yourself in either situation wondering if you have the resources to fund any part of your [...]

10 Expenses Homebuyers Forget About

2022-06-01T19:46:33+00:00June 22, 2022|Blog, Family Financial Information, Real Estate|

Buying a house is an exciting journey, but it can also be stressful (and costly), especially if you walk into the process unprepared, something far too many people do. In fact, over a third of home buyers said they underestimated the total costs of homeownership.   Sure, the price tag may be the biggest cost up-front—but the sale’s price is just one expense homebuyers must consider. Beyond mortgage and insurance, there are additional costs all new [...]

How To Help Your Teenager Borrow The Right Amount of Money For School

2022-06-09T20:01:16+00:00June 10, 2022|Family Financial Information, Financial Planning Psychology, General Financial Planning|

The U.S doesn’t have the greatest track record for prioritizing financial literacy, especially for children.  A financial literacy study for young adults found that young people didn’t grasp basic financial concepts like budgeting, how stocks and bonds work, interest, taxes, and more. On the 31-question test, the average score for high school students was only 48.3%, and college students didn’t fare much better at 62.2%. These numbers, unfortunately, make sense since many states don’t require [...]

How To Meaningfully Incorporate An Inheritance Into Your Financial Plan

2022-05-21T19:22:51+00:00June 1, 2022|Estate Planning, Financial Planning Psychology, General Financial Planning|

Receiving an inheritance can feel like a double-edged sword. While it’s a beautiful gift, it comes at a high price—losing a loved one.  Even though a sudden financial windfall may feel like a blessing, it’s also an immense responsibility. You want to ensure you use the money to its fullest potential and not squander it on things you don’t really need or add value to your life.  Turns out that’s quite a tall order. One [...]

How Goals-Based Investing Can Transform Your Strategy for Good

2022-04-26T21:45:42+00:00May 29, 2022|Blog, Goal Planning, Investments|

Let’s start with a “big” question.  Why do you invest? Your first thought probably wasn’t padding your balance sheet or passing away with millions in the bank.  Your mind likely traveled to one of your financial goals—funding your child’s education, buying a dream home, or securing your ideal retirement plan. When you focus on the “why” behind investing, you’ll never look at the markets or your portfolio the same again. Concentrating on your “why” is [...]

Why Timing The Market Doesn’t Work (and How To Invest Better)

2022-04-26T21:39:35+00:00May 15, 2022|Blog, Investments|

Few words characterize today’s financial markets better than uncertainty.  When overseas economic issues rob investors of months of gains and speeches by Federal Reserve officials cause markets to flip-flop unpredictably, investors are left wondering what they should do.  In an attempt to make major market movements work for their portfolios rather than against them, some investors attempt to time the market.  But is timing the market even possible?  Let’s look at what marketing timing is, [...]

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