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The Big Lie

The Big Lie is that creating a higher standard of living leads to a higher quality of life. Having more money or nicer things allows you to pay for nicer things and borrow more money, but doesn’t mean you will have a better quality of

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5 Bigger Risks Than The Stock Market

Sure you might lose money on any given day on a stock or stock mutual fund. What other risks are out there? Many people are taking much bigger risks than that and may not know it. Retirees earning too little or spending too much. Unfortunately

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Make 2016 the Year of Good Habits

Habits are the center of our daily existence.  90% of what we do everyday is habit based. How you start your day, your visit to your computer, IPad or cell phone, exercise or not, what or where you like to eat, how you relate to

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Remember When?

How do you create a “Remember When” experience? With Thanksgiving right around the corner it reminds me how significant great memories are to our lives.  How do you know if or when you’ve created one of those “remember when…..” moments? The formula can be totally

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No Favors for Seniors

A quadruple slam against senior citizens today.  I am not sure if things have ever been more stacked against seniors trying to get by on a fixed income than they are today. 1. Historically low interest rate returns – gone are the days when a

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20 Things The Rich Do Every Day

 I have often spoke with clients about living their life in a proactive way rather than reactive. It turns out that wealthy people tend to create positive, pro-active habits that lead to their success. I do believe your character is a function of your habits

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Create Your Own Private Retirement Pension

I imagine that most people reading this will end up never spending the principal of their retirement nest egg for fear of running out of money.  At some age, well into those retirement years, you will realize you are too darn old (you have everything

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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

Spoiled Kids

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