Succeeding at Self-Control

Succeeding at Self-Control Self-control is an important characteristic to develop that can help us in all aspects of our lives from biting our tongue, to passing on the sweet treat, to accomplishing our New Year’s resolutions. But it isn’t easy! In fact, it can be downright painful, especially when trying to control some urge. It’s…
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How Your 401(k) Is Like An Oven

How Your 401(k) Is Like An Oven Are you frustrated with your 401(k) account? Is Your 401(k) a Scam? Do you think that your 401(k) is a scam or just doesn’t work? Realize that perhaps it’s not the 401(k) account’s fault! It’s Like Baking A Cake Your 401(k) account is akin to an oven when…
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The Illusion of Foresight

The Illusion of Foresight Have you ever thought that if you had a crystal ball you could be a better investor? (This is called the illusion of foresight.) Would a Crystal Ball Matter? Do you think that if you knew the future, you could invest with better results? Is this actually true in real life?…
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Who Would Have Thought

Who Would Have Thought One of the best things about a year coming to an end is to look back and identify key lessons that we can use to improve our decision-making going forward. This is especially true in the investment realm. 2023 – Lots of Bad News Late in 2022, market and economic experts…
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Client Success Story

Client Success Story Fair warning: Soapbox Moment! I got really excited to see this success story with a Client on the specific topic of insurance. Specifically, auto/home/umbrella insurance coverages and massively increasing coverage while decreasing their premiums. Key Takeaway What are the key takeaways from this story? Namely, belief precedes receiving value! This is not…
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Achieving Success

Achieving Success As the year comes to an end, it’s a good time to reflect upon the year behind us. The good things, the bad things, and the success we achieved along the way. Sometimes we rely upon favorable circumstances to achieve success, but circumstances are often beyond our control. While our circumstances can make…
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What Is A Third Party Financial Custodian?

What Is A Third Party Financial Custodian? Have you ever heard of financial scams or folks like Bernie Madoff who bankrupt their Clients? How can you completely avoid this kind of disaster? Transparency Matters Learn about “What Is A Third Party Financial Custodian?” who will “custody” your assets in a transparent manner. You don’t want…
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Forecast Frenzy

Forecast Frenzy ‘Tis the season when financial institutions provide their forecasts for the coming year.  Several firms have already published their forecast. RBC and several other firms believe the S&P 500 will make new records in 2024. Whereas Wells Fargo and others have differing opinions. Wells Fargo’s forecast for 2024 said, “It’s really hard to…
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Help! I Can’t Make Roth IRA Contributions Anymore

Help! I Can’t Make Roth IRA Contributions Anymore Have you noticed that you can’t make direct Roth IRA contributions once your income gets too high? Whether you are filing taxes as Single or Married Filing Jointly there are “Income Limits” for who can contribute to a Roth IRA. Roth 401(k) Has No Income Limits However,…
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Timely Economic Perspectives

Timely Economic Perspectives Recently the Wall Street Journal ran with a headline about “Quadruple Threats”1 to the economy. Not to be outdone, on the same day, Marketwatch.com posted an image highlighting five current threats to the economy. These threats are made to be, and can be, concerning. I break down the threats below to help…
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