New Market Highs Not Rare, Don’t Predict Declines

On October 3, 2018, the S&P 500 hit yet another high. This left those who believe in timing markets wondering if they should cash out, as the end must be near. Just seven days later the index fell 4.3% in just two days, which seemed to confirm those fears. Certainly, Read More

Passive Investing, Like Buying Used Cars, Is Wise Strategy

Need a car? Buy used. It’s what I always do. My sweet spot is a low-mileage vehicle two or three years old, which I routinely can find for 25%to 35% less than the original cost. I recommend this strategy to my clients, staff, and friends. If everyone followed this advice, Read More

Term Life Insurance Can Protect Retirement Plan Contributions

Some of the typical reasons for life insurance are to replace a breadwinner’s salary, pay off large debts, and pay estate taxes. Another reason to carry life insurance—if it’s the right kind—can be to fund a retirement plan. To illustrate, let’s imagine a couple, both 55, with two grown children, Read More

Frugality: The Essential Money Survival Skill

Someone recently asked me to share my number-one financial tip that would make the greatest impact on a person’s financial well-being. For someone who can speak for hours on the topic, that’s a daunting task. I wanted to quote the late Dick Wagner’s advice to “Spend less, save more, and Read More

Reduce Taxes, Bunch Deductions

Want to save a bunch under the new federal income tax laws? Try bunching your deductions. The new tax law doubles the standard deduction and eliminates most miscellaneous deductions. It takes a lot more of the limited allowable deductions left to reach the threshold for itemizing deductions instead of using Read More

Stock Market Predictions from a Broken Record

For investors, happy days have been here so long that it’s beginning to seem surreal. The United States stock market is at all-time highs; we have low unemployment rates and solid company profits. The big question is, “What will happen in the near future?” It’s a question that no reporter Read More

Do You Need Long-Term Care Insurance?

Do you need long-term care insurance? If so, how much do you need? These are not easy questions to answer. Adequate insurance coverage is foundational to good financial planning. Most of us insure our car, house, personal property, health, life, and income. Insurance for these risks is straightforward, standardized, and Read More

Just Say No to the Next Big Thing

How do you spot the investment opportunity that will become the next Apple, Facebook, or Microsoft? Certainly they are out there. Someone is going to discover them and be set for life, so why shouldn’t it be you? Here’s why it shouldn’t. As with all Registered Investment Advisors, the amount Read More

Retirement Funds Ease the Hard Realities of Aging

At the gym where I work out it’s not uncommon to hear us old guys complaining in the locker room about our aches and pains. When the complaining subsides, inevitably someone will remark, “Well, at least getting old is better than the alternative.” If you are fortunate enough not to Read More