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Déjà Vu All Over Again

Déjà Vu all over again was the response I received from one long-time client in response to what is going on lately with the stock markets around the world. Seemingly no worries at all. He’s seen it all before and hopefully is very comfortable with

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When to Say “No”

Where do you draw the line? Our kids have their hands out wanting us to buy things for them starting at a very early age.  In grade school, I think candy and ice cream were the most popular requests.  Now that my three kids are

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Our Story

My wife Soni and I celebrated 20 years of marriage recently and I thought I would share what some of the key financial decisions we made along the way and the impact they had on our family. The themes are consistent: Figure out what is

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Bonds Struggling in 2015

Interest rates have crept up a little bit. I snapped this picture last week at a local bank. You wouldn’t know it by this CD rate. Bond prices move inversely to interest rates.  The past few months haven’t been too good for bonds.  The 10-year

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Checklist for Top 1%ers

It’s in my nature to be a guy that makes lists to help stay organized and get things done.  We are finally getting sunshine in Chicagoland and have had temperatures above seventy degrees for two consecutive days.  While that is long overdue, it’s time for

It’s Never Too Early

The Time Value of Money is the oldest, wisest concept ever created for investors. Wait until you see what you could create by saving less than $7 a day toward college for an unborn baby! The real power of this concept comes from rate of

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Money and Marriage

“Marry a woman more frugal then you,” is great advice from one of my favorite books, The Millionaire Next Door. As some guys will tell you, it’s a lot easier said then done.  For those guys that have married a frugal woman, money is usually