Baby Boomers, Bigger Picture, Economics, Financial Planning, Millennials

WSJ: The Challenge of Our Disruptive Era

“We are entering an era in which we’re going to have to create a society of life long learners” -Ben Sasse Ben Sasse’s commentary in the Wall Street Journal addresses a very important topic, one I’m not sure the majority of the public is thinking about. We are experiencing a fundamental change in our economy, and this type of transition…

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Financial Planning, Insurance, Millennials, Vlog

Vlog: Life Insurance Through Your Employer

With the exception of not having a will, inadequate life insurance is one of the most common “mistakes” I see when meeting with young families. Understandably, no one wants to have the conversation surrounding life insurance, and too often there is a false sense of security because of the life insurance coverage provided by employers. For my first video blog, aka…

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Financial Planning

Don’t Knock Hourly Planning

My biggest beef with my industry is the underlying theme that only families with wealth need financial advisors; I’m talking real financial advisors–fiduciaries, not salespeople disguised as financial advisors. No financial advisor will admit to this, and they don’t have to, just look at the way the majority of financial advisory firms are structured–an annual management fee based on the…

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Financial Planning, Investing, Millennials

Millennials: You Have to Become Millionaires

Earlier this week, an old Wall Street Journal article made its way across my Twitter feed; the title immediately caught my eye: Most Millennials Don’t See Becoming Millionaires, Study Finds. I’ve shared the article below, but if you don’t have a subscription to the Wall Street Journal, you won’t be able to read it because it’s hidden behind a paywall. Side…

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Financial Planning, Investing, Millennials

Home Country Bias and Your Portfolio

Academic research suggests the foundation for a long term investment strategy is a globally diversified portfolio; statistics show the average investor is holding a domestically diversified portfolio. If the evidence from academic research is so strong, what is the disconnect between the evidence and investor behavior? Most investors suffer from a bias towards investing domestically; in the industry, we call this…

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Estate Planning, Financial Planning

Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Proper Estate Planning

In my profession, every once and awhile you come across a situation that makes you sick to your stomach…I just had one. Despite the number of red flags in this situation, my intent is not to critique another advisor’s strategy–I won’t have to because the flaws with the strategy will be obvious. Instead, I want to stress the importance of making…

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Baby Boomers, Financial Planning, Millennials

The Right Type of Relationship with Your Financial Advisor

Recently, Barry Ritholtz wrote an article for The Washington Post that asked a simple question, “Do you need a financial advisor?” I am an avid reader of Barry’s blog (The Big Picture), along with his writings for The Washington Post, Bloomberg and other publications. I’m also a huge fan of what he and his colleagues are doing in the field…

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