Why Should I Work With A Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®)?

Understanding the role and expertise of a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) is important, and may help you in selecting the financial advisor you want to work with. In this post, we'll explore what a CFP® is, the comprehensive services...

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Understanding The Financial Planning Process

A successful financial strategy requires careful planning and precision. Every step of the financial planning process is important, and builds upon previous steps to create a comprehensive plan tailored to your needs. This blog post dives into each step...

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Who is “the Financial Media”?

In past conversations with you, we’ve been known to take aim at the media. That’s because bad things tend to happen to your personal wealth if you read, watch, or listen to too much news—or if you read too...

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Our Fund Selection Process: How We Choose The Funds We Use

Does it seem like there’s been an extra level of uncertainty lately, threatening your investment plans? Of course, there are always big events going on; that’s the world for you. But today’s brew of geopolitical threats, inflation trends, rising...

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Fighter Planes and Surviving Bear Markets

Have you been reading the daily headlines—watching markets stall, recover, and dip once again? If so, you may be wondering whether there’s anything you can do to avoid the motion sickness. If you already have a well-structured, globally diversified portfolio...

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California Retirement Mandate 2022

California State Mandated Retirement Plans State and federal governments are shifting the responsibility of retirement saving onto business owners by requiring employers with at least five or more employees to offer retirement plans for their employees by June 30, 2022,...

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Interest Rates, Inflation, and Investment Strategy Part 3: Investing in Uncertain Times

After taking a closer look at interest rates and inflation in our last two posts, we come to the heart of the matter: When interest rates, inflation, or both are on the rise, what’s an investor to do? Big...

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Interest Rates, Inflation, and Investment Strategy Part 2: Understanding Inflation

Has rising inflation got you down? In our last piece, “Understanding Interest Rates," we explored how rising and falling interest rates can impact a healthy economy. Today, let’s add inflation to the conversation. How Do We Measure Inflation? Inflation is...

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Interest Rates, Inflation, and Investment Strategy Part 1: Understanding Interest Rates

At its March 15–16 Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, the U.S. Federal Reserve raised its federal target funds rate by a quarter point. It was the first increase since December 2018, but it wasn’t a huge surprise. Fed...

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Are You Confused About Investment Costs? Part 2: Custodian/Brokerage Costs

In our last piece, we covered fund management costs. Next, let’s take a step back from the mutual funds, ETFs, or other holdings you decide to invest in. Where do these holdings live—and what does it cost to buy,...

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