Why Should You Care that the Federal Reserve is Printing So Much Money?

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I frequently receive questions about the incredible amount of money that the Federal Reserve is currently printing – about $85 billion per month, or slightly over $1 trillion for the year. While many people are familiar with the news, few…

The Goal: Trying to Score While Playing Defense

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Last month I had the opportunity to watch the Super Bowl. As I listened to the commentators discussing some of the strategies the teams were using, it struck me how similar it is to what an investment strategy may look like in this perilous,…

Assessing Potential Risks

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When investing and planning for your financial future in our current volatile world, few things are as important as being able to identify and assess potential risks. Being cognizant of events that could derail the most well thought out plan…

How to Choose a Financial Advisor

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Next to choosing your doctor, selecting a qualified financial advisor may be one of the most important professional relationships you decide upon. Consider that a qualified advisor should: Be able to look at your entire financial situation Help…

Frustrated?

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This is the most frequent word I’ve been hearing recently as I meet with clients, and understandably so. People in general are frustrated on several fronts. They are frustrated by all the bad news we are continually hearing regarding Europe’s…

How Our Urge for Instant Gratification Can Stymie Us as Investors

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One of the strongest characteristics of the part of the human brain called the limbic center is its intense drive for immediate gratification. And because financial pain is processed in the same portion of the brain as physical pain, if you…

How Not to be Your Own Worst Enemy When it Comes to Your Investments

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At times we can be our own worst enemies when it comes to our investments.  Our human nature, and the way our brain operates, can severely alter our perception of reality. Every now and then this “mis-perception” can get in the way of making…

Why Markets Sometimes Act Irrationally

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One of the most frequent questions we are asked at our firm is “Please explain to me what the heck is going on?” Many times over the past 10 years, the investment markets appear to be acting in a totally irrational manner, seemingly devoid…