How Do Your Financial Ripples Look?

We all make many different financial decisions throughout our lives. You make retirement planning decisions, insurance decisions, college planning decisions, mortgage decisions, tax decisions, debt reduction decisions, charitable decisions and the list goes on. And you will continue to make these decisions as you progress throughout the phases of wealth accumulation, distribution, and preservation. The problem is not Read more about How Do Your Financial Ripples Look?[…]

Do You Believe What I Believe?

Do you believe what I believe? That is a crazy thing to ask, but if you think about it all major changes in society, technology, and thought processes have started with coming together around a central thing to believe in. Here is what I believe in. I believe in challenging conventional wisdom with regard to Read more about Do You Believe What I Believe?[…]

The Only Tax You Owe is the First One!

If you have ever read the tax code from cover to cover please raise your hand. Don’t be silly put your hand down. For one reason I cannot see you raise your hand through your computer screen (only the government can do that). And the other reason, the tax code is 75,000 pages – who is Read more about The Only Tax You Owe is the First One![…]

Life lessons you can learn from Indiana Jones.

Let’s go back to 1989. The blockbuster, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusades is in theaters and is entertaining millions. In the movie, Indy and the bad guys are searching for the Holy Grail which will grant immortality to those who drink from it. Indy gets captured and is forced to pass a series of Read more about Life lessons you can learn from Indiana Jones.[…]

Jeopardy, Double Jeopardy and Double Taxation!

Bear with me while I tie a few things together… The game show “Jeopardy” has been around since the 1960’s. It wasn’t until I was much older that I began to appreciate the show for what it is and what it isn’t. I am amazed at the amount of obscure trivia that the contestants knew Read more about Jeopardy, Double Jeopardy and Double Taxation![…]

Why you never have, nor ever will own the S&P 500 or any other Index for that matter!

Virtually every person that I meet with owns a S&P 500 mutual fund or ETF. And most likely they own several other indexes. The problem is, they don’t actually own these indexes. You see, you cannot actually own them, not really. The reason is, is that there is only one S&P 500, one Russel 1000, Read more about Why you never have, nor ever will own the S&P 500 or any other Index for that matter![…]

Mutual Funds Exposed! (Part 5 of 6 – Great Managers Don’t Stay)

If a star money manager leaves what ramifications does that have for the investors that stay? How many of you have ever heard of Bill Gross?  Bill Gross helped build PIMCO into a $2 Trillion firm. Bill left PIMCO to join Janus Funds in 2014. if you own Pimco during this time, you most likely Read more about Mutual Funds Exposed! (Part 5 of 6 – Great Managers Don’t Stay)[…]

Mutual Funds Exposed! (Reason 4 of 6 – Mutual Funds Lack Transparency)

A great retirement portfolio owns precise measures of specific investment types, depending on your age and personal tolerance for the ups and downs of the market. But what if the mutual funds you buy do not hold the investments you think they do? This is known as “style drift” in the finance world, the more Read more about Mutual Funds Exposed! (Reason 4 of 6 – Mutual Funds Lack Transparency)[…]

Mutual Funds Exposed! (Reason 3 of 6 – Most Mutual Funds Under Perform the Market)

One would think that because mutual funds are managed money, that they might outperform their benchmark. Or, just by chance you’d think that half the funds will outperform and half will under perform. For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2016: -60 percent of large-cap mutual fund managers underperformed their benchmarks. -58 percent of mid-cap mutual Read more about Mutual Funds Exposed! (Reason 3 of 6 – Most Mutual Funds Under Perform the Market)[…]

The Last Picture Show

Imagine taking your spouse and kids to see a movie. You go into the theater, buy a jumbo popcorn, some candy and drinks. The kids are eagerly anticipating the movie and skipping through the aisles. You find seats with no tall people in front of you and you start to relax. Looking around you notice Read more about The Last Picture Show[…]