Set Your Goals
When a new client comes to our office for the first time, we typically start by asking “How can we help?” Starting a relationship with a financial planner is almost always precipitated by something happening in the client’s life—they want to retire soon, they just received an inheritance, they just learned they are seriously ill, they are dealing with the complexities of life with kids, parents, a house, jobs.
We work with people of all ages and in all stages of life. Most of the time there are multiple goals and part of our job is to help clients prioritize how they want to tackle them. Let’s take a moment to look at some typical goals by age to get you thinking about your own situation.
Planning in your 20s
Getting off to a good start in life is essential. Developing good money habits can create a lifetime of financial joy. Do you see anything in this list > SEE MORE
Are TIPS Cheap?
I’ve been getting lots of questions about whether Treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS) are a good investment, with the yield at just 0.32% on the five-year. To answer the question of whether TIPS are cheap or expensive relative to Treasuries, I’ll discuss how to make the determination of whether to purchase TIPS or nominal fixed-income securities. To begin, we need to recognize there are two ways one can hold TIPS and nominal bonds: purchase the bonds individually or invest in mutual funds/exchange traded funds (ETFs). When investing through taxable accounts and IRAs, one can do either. However, in corporate > SEE MORE
Financial Perspectives from a High School Senior
In an educational system that teaches students a seemingly endless amount of knowledge in their mathematics or history courses, they often leave out the pivotal financial realities their students will encounter in the coming years. High school and college students can acknowledge their own lack of experience with financial affairs but must be well-versed and educated in these areas during their youth in order to fill this void.
The more crucial areas that young adults will experience > SEE MORE