What Married Women Should Know About Retirement

You and your husband have likely planned for your retirement together. However, unpleasant as it is to think about, statistically women are likely to outlive their husbands. So it’s important for women in particular to talk regularly and frankly with me about retirement, and how it might change if their personal circumstances change. Read More

The Psychology Behind Bad Investment Decisions

Investing your hard-earned money is much like navigating a labyrinth; exciting, unpredictable, and occasionally a wee bit terrifying. However, it’s the allure of potentially striking gold that drives us to venture into the maze, often leading to some, let’s say, less than stellar decisions. But, what makes us justify our bad decisions in investing? Read More

Don’t Fall for Fancy Math

Once upon a time, in the ever-fascinating world of finance, the siren call of complex charts and mind-boggling excel sheets beckon. Cloaked in a wizard’s robe, the financial planner appears with a twinkle in his eye, pulling you into the maze of retirement planning. They allure you with tales of turning your hard-earned $100,000 into a magical $1,000,000 retirement portfolio. And as mesmerizing as it sounds, I’m here to be your reality check. Don’t fret, the journey to the financial fountain of youth isn’t as arcane as it seems. So, buckle up as we deep dive into the wild world of retirement planning, debunking myths, and sprinkling reality checks along the way. Read More

The Federal Reserve & Inflation: 3 Reasons Why the Cure Might Be the Cause

Inflation is a complex economic phenomenon, often simplified as a general increase in the prices of goods and services over time. It is commonly believed that the Federal Reserve, or ‘the Fed’, has the tools to cure inflation. However, upon closer examination, one might discover that the methods used by the Fed to manage inflation can sometimes exacerbate the issue instead. Read More

The Role of Luck in Investing and Life

Luck, they say, is when preparation meets opportunity. As much as we all want to believe that our successes in life and investing are purely the product of hard work and strategy, there’s an undeniable element of luck involved as well. Luck is an intriguing aspect of financial planning and how it plays into the grand scheme of our lives. Read More

Why Rollover Your Employer Retirement Plan Into An IRA

In the world of retirement planning, one of the decisions that people often face is what to do with their employer-sponsored retirement plans when they leave their job. Whether you’re transitioning to a new employer or stepping into retirement, it’s crucial to make informed decisions about your retirement savings. One option that many individuals consider is rolling over their employer retirement plan into an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Here, we delve into the reasons behind this popular choice. Read More

Why the Government Loves Your 401(k)

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” but when it comes to tax-deferred retirement accounts, it might seem like the government is offering just that. A closer look, however, unveils an intriguing retirement strategy that benefits both parties: the individual saver and the government. It’s a tale of tax-time savings for you and eventual tax revenue for Uncle Sam. Read More

Retirement Without Income SUCKS!

In the golden years of life, financial stability is paramount to maintaining your lifestyle and achieving true financial independence. Retirement planning plays a crucial role in securing this comfort, and the key to a successful retirement plan is a reliable, guaranteed income. While growth through investments such as the stock market is essential, they should not be the sole focus. Without a steady stream of income, retirement could be more of a challenge than a reward. Read More

Is There Stock Market Manipulation in the Short-Term?

In the complex world of stock markets, understanding the forces at play can be a challenging task. Among these forces, one topic that piques interest and raises eyebrows is stock market manipulation. With the democratization of stock trading and the rise of technology such as high-frequency trading, the question of stock market manipulation, particularly in the short term, becomes more pertinent. Read More