“Free” Isn’t Always Fee-Free When it Comes to Your Money

Not long ago a client asked for an independent review of his investment portfolio.  He was under the impression that there were NO fees associated with his investment account and was puzzled as to why his earnings didn’t match up to the returns of the market. This is a common misnomer, as market return is …

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How to Keep More of What You Earn

Too many financial planners, CPAs and life insurance agents are so busy talking about rates of return that can be earned either in mutual funds, stocks, bonds or even life insurance, that they fail to properly inform you that most Americans are not saving enough money to retire on.  In fact, outside a brief spike …

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Debt, Sex and Investing

Sex has become so casually spoken of, and engaged in by many, so that it is almost as familiar as swiping your credit card. And one of the reasons behind this trend is that sex doesn’t require any real commitment like marriage does. Acquiring debt doesn’t require any commitment either, not like solid money management …

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Where Does the Money Come From?

Many wonder whose money you borrow when you leverage a Participating Whole Life Insurance Policy for a loan.  And the simple answer is, NOT YOURS. And that is one of the best reasons to use such policy loans to build equity. It’s been said that Warren Buffet’s father took him aside when he was around …

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The Worst Year Since 2008 On Investments

2018…It was a year that recorded multiple historic highs as well as the largest single-day gain in history. But it turned into a loss for most investors. In fact, according to MarketWatch, 90% of the 70 asset classes cited in the Wall Street Journal posted negative returns for the year.  The previous worst time in …

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The 2018 Bull Market That Didn’t Happen

So many had great expectations for a huge Bull Market to pull them through in 2018.   The sorry thing is, the bull never showed up.  Markets simply did not make higher moves that were sustainable. And so, the market of 2018 ended up almost where it started on January 2, 2018.  This has left many …

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Annual Returns… The Trickiest Illusion of All

The biggest financial fear many people have is that they will run out of money.[i] Not only are returns shabby, at best, but human lifespan has gradually been rising. This is not a good recipe for being able to retire care free on the money you’ve put away during your career. But even with what …

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How to Protect Your Gains

Ouch!  The market had a hiccup last week giving up nearly all the gains it attained over the summer. Now, maybe you don’t have enough in the market to worry about that hiccup or maybe you have enough invested that you now feel you need to hold on until this market recovers and you regain …

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You could be losing over $70k while earning a 6% average ROR!

It’s not that you can’t earn a higher rate of return or that you can’t defer taxes and pay them later.  In fact, it’s not even about market risk or how much you make.  It’s all about the fact that YOU Deserve Better! You’ve been told you can earn a 6.47% rate of return on …

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The Ugly Duckling or The Black Swan | The Greatest Investment of All Times

The story about the Ugly Duckling who turns out to be a beautiful Swan always intrigued me as a child.  Perhaps it was because that, even as a child, it was obvious to me that we are too quick to judge things as they appear, rather than as they really are. This applies to investing …

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