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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

Senior SS check

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


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


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

Two hands preserve a green tree against a thunder-storm

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

soni and brad

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


Trade Expectations for Acceptance

Parents constantly judge their kids decisions and choices.  In their eyes, their kids make head scratching or down right frustrating decisions every day.  As a parent, I sometimes allow my kids to drive me nuts when they don’t do what I want them to do.

Man praying for the phone to ring


One phone call with a woman on the other end saying I was “declined” for coverage really had my head spinning.  A little over a month ago I applied for more life insurance, (the kind with the rider that allows you to get an advance