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Trump Wins! My Economic View

Donald Trump is our President-Elect and a tidal wave of fiscally conservative change may be in store for our country. As a conservative (the less government intervention the better) , I couldn’t be more excited about the policy changes that have been promised. My economic

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Bond Risk – You Should Understand This

Perhaps it is time to take a fresh look at your portfolio and make sure you have a better understanding of the bonds or bond mutual funds you may own. Bonds prices have generally been rising for around 30 years as interest rates have fallen.

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Lifeboat Drill for Your Portfolio

Lifeboat Drills should be done BEFORE your ship has issues. Now that the stock market has fully recovered from the horrific January, it makes sense to question if you are able (or want) to stomach those kind of paper losses or not.  I think of

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Why Pay More Income Tax Than You Have To?

If you are not a member of Congress, you are not a “lawmaker.”  While you do not make laws, you retain some control over what you do to take advantage of the laws for your own benefit.  For instance: WHY PAY MORE INCOME TAX THAN

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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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New Year’s Big Sale – Stocks and Oil

The U.S. stock market at this early point in the year is down (biggest Jan. sale ever?) more than any other year in history. What does that mean to you? Opportunity – what a great sale! I never thought I would be able to buy

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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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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