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Cybersecurity: fraud prevention tips for your money

We all use an abundance of electronic devices to share, transmit and store personal data. Some of the information our devices collect and share about us is harmless – such as how many steps you’ve taken today. On the other hand, we also have more critical data, like credit card and banking information, which would …

Is there really such a thing as free trading?

If you ever see the word “FREE” emblazoned on a financial services advertisement, or you hear someone telling you that they don’t pay any costs in the financial services world, feel free to roll your eyes sarcastically. In fact, my preference is that when you see the word “FREE” in regard to anything in the …

Portfolio rebalancing: 3 reasons it’s important

Let’s be honest. Have you ever spent time looking at how all your investments are allocated (what your investments hold across your entire portfolio of holdings)? If you’re like most investors, you probably don’t give much thought to your mix of stocks versus bonds – but you should! Understanding your allocation is fundamental to understanding …

Tax loss harvesting: why bother?

When it comes to portfolios, some things stay the same no matter the generation of investor. At any age people hate losing money and love talking about their winning investments. I’ve practiced in the financial services industry for more than 20 years and I am amazed at how many stories I’ve heard about “the best …

Separate finances? How to combine when getting married

Issues related to money can be troubling and detrimental in many relationships, but many of the conflicts arising from money issues are avoidable if you address them effectively. Consider the items below as our suggested “to‑do list” as you or someone you know is starting to merge separate finances and while preparing for a future …

Retirement: not saving enough isn’t your only concern

You know when you want to retire and you’re laser-focused on saving to get there. However, retirement planning isn’t JUST about saving enough money. There are other factors you need to consider. Otherwise, it won’t matter how much you save if you don’t plan properly. The unexpected You may have already jotted down what you …

How to pay down debt, pursue financial freedom

The first step in pursuing financial freedom is getting your financial house in order and the first room to tackle is debt. Oftentimes with debt, you get very unfavorable interest rates. Credit card companies charge so much that it’s virtually impossible to make more money anywhere else. I can’t remember a situation where the first …

The dangers of generic money advice

Everyday we’re inundated with messages from the media about how to invest, how to save and what to do with our money. But is that advice best for your financial situation? Keep in mind, the media creates stories to get your attention so you’ll stay tuned through commercials or see ads online. All that glitters …

Millennials’ money habits

I think about Millennials all the time. I spend time reading and researching what they buy, how they spend and where they save. The reason to obsess over Millennial habits is to better understand the future direction of our economy here in the United States. Granted, the ability of Millennials to save and invest is …

The cost of parenting: kids vs adult children

Expecting parents walk into our office all the time consumed with the cost of raising their unborn child. They often ask how soon they can open up their college funding 529 account, and the best way to put money away each month. With each successive government report releasing data on total student loan indebtedness (now …