Category Archives: Retirement

Dow 22K: Now What?

Tweet Last week the Dow hit a record high of 22,000. This record spurred lots of conversation throughout the financial media, and the media here in Nashville  was talking about it, as well.  Nashville NBC affiliate (WSMV) reached out to me for an interview.  You can see the story here. The question is: Dow 22K, now what? To expand on the comments … Continue reading

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Five Year End Moves for 2014

Tweet Wow, it seems like we were just completing our taxes, and yet here we are staring at the end of the year. With only a couple months left in this calendar year, there are a few things we should all look to accomplish to make sure we are maximizing our financial growth. Here are five items that are time sensitive and … Continue reading

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Gold as an Investment

Tweet It seems I see more and more commercials pedaling gold as an inflationary hedge.  Some aging actor comes on the TV and tells us that gold is the only investment for him, and it’s safe. Safe must be a relative term because gold is down almost 30% from its high in 2012! While some people swear by their gold investments, we … Continue reading

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Do You Eat the Icing First?

Tweet How do you eat a piece of cake?  Do you eat the cake part first and leave the icing to be relished at the end? Or, do you take a more balanced approach, and grab a bit of each in every bite?  Maybe you go straight for the prize and delve into the frosting without remorse. Well, interestingly enough, our habits … Continue reading

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The Market at a Record High: Now What?

Tweet This question has been one frequently asked by my clients and friends lately. What do we do now that the market is perched at a record high?  Do we buy into this rally, or do we sell out of it? This exposes the two emotions that can lead to failure with investing:  fear and greed. Greed I’m amazed how we tend … Continue reading

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Why 2013 is Different

Tweet Here we are into month five of 2013, and many folks out there have no idea how this year is any different than 2012. The bad news is that this tax year is much different than years past.  Provisions put into place by The American Tax Payer Relief Act of 2012 will impact the taxable bottom line of almost all taxpayers. … Continue reading

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Are you on Track?

Tweet I recently posted an article regarding the importance of correctly measuring your financial growth by using net worth as the measuring stick.  The purpose of the article was to outline the difference in investment growth and net worth growth.  You can revisit the article by clicking here. Now that we know how to measure growth and the importance of understanding net … Continue reading

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They are Back

Tweet Have you wondered where your social security statements have gone?  A few years ago the Social Security Administration (SSA) stopped sending yearly statements out to most folks. Recently, SSA introduced a new tool on its website to view your social security statements. As a fee-only financial advisor I often discuss Social Security benefits with clients. It’s important to understand your statement … Continue reading

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Hello 2012

Tweet Happy New Year! I can hardly believe it’s 2012. As a child, the thought of the year 2012 would conjure up futuristic visions of space-age technology. To some degree, today that technology is a reality. What will tomorrow bring? Imagine what the next ten years will bring? What will 2022 look like for you financially? Are you doing the right things … Continue reading

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401K:Still the Best Game in Town!

Tweet The market has made a nice return from its lows several weeks ago. The storm has seemingly calmed, at least to some degree. The interesting fact is that nothing has really changed. We are still facing the same economic issues we where three or four weeks ago. My point is that the uncertainty still remains. With the uncertainty still in place, … Continue reading

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