Financial Planning

Advisors Behaving Badly (001)

Today I had lunch with a financial advisor friend of mine, and I learned about a disgusting situation he uncovered with a new client. He can’t share this story because compliance says no blogs allowed, so I’m sharing the story. Allow me to set the scene: Baby boomer couple nearing retirement An IRA with around $220,000, a 401(k) with around…

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Financial Planning

From The Cutting Room Floor

Toward the end of December, I was featured in a segment for our local CBS and Fox affiliates about charitable giving. I was asked about the potential impact on donations due to the changes in the tax laws, primarily centered around the higher standard deduction. Knowing that TV stations are only able to use a fraction of what they record,…

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Financial Planning, Investing

Why Financial Advisors Love Data

Have you ever wondered why financial advisors quote statistics, charts, and graphs? The data contained in statistics, charts, and graphs used by advisors often backs up the plans created for our clients; it provides the evidence needed to help clients (or readers) stay in the game when emotions begin to cloud their decisions. Be careful though, the data can also…

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Financial Planning

Progress–But Still Room For Improvement

In November 2016, I wrote a blog post sharing my bullishness on the financial services industry. I’m even more bullish now than I was back then, but I was recently reminded just how far the financial advisor community still has to go. Last week I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to hear Ron Carson speak in Indianapolis and…

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Bigger Picture, Financial Planning

Financial Planning For Today

Every Friday I take Roman, Leo, and now Silas to breakfast at our local coffee shop (shout out to Geist Coffee); R&L get 2 donuts each (I usually get to finish between 1/2 to a whole donut), Silas gets a banana, and I get a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich with a cold brew…no deviation from the order. Every. Friday.…

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