“Return on Life”

We have all heard the phrase “return on investment” and that is measurable, but have you ever considered what your “return on life” (ROL) was in the past year? I recently read a blog discussing the “Return on Life” concept and describing the 6 core values a GOOD financial planner provides. It referenced an industry […]

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All You Have To Do Is Ask

There are many reasons people choose not to ask for help, whether it be pride, stubbornness, procrastination, not knowing who to ask, etc. Recently, an acquaintance of our family stopped by my office unannounced. He was visibly shaken. He shared his most personal financial issues with me. He told me he had made some poor […]

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Super Strong Dollar Not Good for Foreign Investments

Many investors have a slice of their investments in international stock mutual funds. That is part of a diversified plan. True diversification is built by owning assets that move in different directions. We tend to not focus on the why’s, but rather look at the bottom line, “did I make money?” Don’t react to short-term […]

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Is Ignorance Bliss?

This year for Lent I gave up Fox News. If you are an avid news watcher, you may want to try this too.  “Out of sight” really does lead to ” out of mind.” Fox generally provides me with all the current news and a ton of commentary from both sides of the political aisle […]

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Is a Private Pension in Your Future?

With CD’s paying next to nothing, we need some creative ideas to generate more income during retirement… Most of us have a notion on what a “pension” is, as you or someone you know may be fortunate enough to have one.  A pension is a stream of payments for a specified period of time.  As […]

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Life Insurance Key to Retirement Spending and Legacy Plan

Over the past several years, most of the clients that I have advised to purchase life insurance are retired and have no dependent need. The insurance has greatly helped their retirement spending and legacy plan. The only thing that would have been better is if they would have had the foresight to procure the permanent […]

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One Powerful Financial Move for Kids (or Grand-kids)

Turn $500/Year into $500,000! I recently created Roth IRA’s for my kids and put $500 into each account. With a little guidance from me, the kids will each choose to become stock owners of one company. Going forward I will encourage them to save by matching what they contribute to the account and am hopeful […]

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Life Without the Wife

My wife likes to take trips with her girlfriends every now and then and right now she is enjoying sunny Miami while her family digs their way out of 19 inches of snow, blowing every which way as temperatures fall into the teens and then single digits. Life without my wife here is very different, […]

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Illinois and Greece, Two of a Kind?

Illinois is Similar to Greece – Broke Illinois is like Greece in one obvious way: It over promised and under delivered on pensions and has little appetite for dealing with the problem. Illinois, with a population of 13 million (Greece has 11 million, though a far smaller GDP than Illinois), has the most underfunded retirement […]

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The Real State of the Union

My Rebuttal: While President Obama touts about the 5.6% unemployment in December as another sign of a “recovery” generated by his economic policies, he fails to mention a record 92.9 million Americans are no longer in the labor force, as the labor participation rate hit a new 38-year low last month, at 62.7%. Approximately 11 […]

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