3 Things: Scary Headlines Resurface

Scary headlines resurface 1.     Writers have dusted off their dictionaries and words like “sink”, “plunge”, and “selloff” have reappeared in the headlines. (Say those words out loud and notice how they make you feel. Ugh. Right?) The antidote is co
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Crazy Quilt Investing

Summer Refresher: Crazy Quilt Investing

Today we revisit one of the most refreshing investment ideas we know: the randomness of near-term market returns. Pick a year, any year. If you’re ever tempted to guess how capital markets are going to fare in the year following, all you have to do is take a look at this crazy quilt c
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Compound Interest: Making Those Numbers Count

If there’s a lesson we seem to learn the hard way every holiday season, it’s the insidious effect of compound calories. A taste here, a nibble there … hey, somebody’s got to lick that bowl. The next thing you know, those numbers have taken on an exponential life of their own, and you’
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Your Investment Policy Statement: Put It in Writing

In our previous post, “How to Hold a Financial Fire Drill,” we discussed the importance of understanding your true risk tolerance and routinely practicing how it applies to your investment plans. That way, when market risks arise for real, you’ll be less likely to abandon those best-l
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Financial Fire Drill

How to Hold a Financial Fire Drill

Former director of financial services at Dimensional Fund Advisors, now retired, Dan Wheeler continues to share financial insights on his personal blog. In his post, “Fire Drill,” Wheeler recommends practicing what you will do the next time the markets drop, especially if the declines
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Considering Market Corrections

Depending on how you measure it, the U.S. stock market has been relatively calm now for somewhere between 2– 3 years, with no noteworthy corrections to report. That doesn’t mean there hasn’t been plenty of alarming news that could have triggered a “head for the hills” correction, but
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Giving 403(b) Plan Participants Their Due - Part 2

Giving 403(b) Plan Participants Their Due – Part 2

Part II: The 403(b) Plan: Pocket Change or Life’s Savings? As touched on in Part 1 of our two-part series on 403(b) plans, “A Call for 403(b) Plan “Higher Education,” it was initially assumed that the 403(b) would serve as a supplement – not a replacement – for participants’ tradition
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Giving 403(b) Plan Participants Their Due

Giving 403(b) Plan Participants Their Due

Part I: A Call for 403(b) Plan “Higher Education” When seeking financial advice for managing your retirement plan assets, it seems the 401(k) receives a lot more press than the similar, but different 403(b) plans used by government and tax-exempt groups such as schools, hospitals and
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Managing Held-Away Retirement Plans & Annuity Accounts: Part III

Managing Held-Away Retirement Plans & Annuity Accounts: Part III

Part III: Additional Notes on Financial Harmony In Part I of our three-part series on managing held-away accounts, we described the important role retirement plans play in your life, as they are often among the biggest building blocks in your household wealth. In Part II, we described
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Managing Held-Away Retirement Plans and Annuity Accounts: Part II

Managing Held-Away Retirement Plans and Annuity Accounts: Part II

Part II: From Hodge-Podge Investing to Financial Harmony In our last blog post, we introduced the concept of organizing the building blocks of your household assets under the unified oversight of a financial professional. These include your primary investment portfolio as well as held
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