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Politics Aside – A Critical Look At Healthcare

Health care costs are rising like a bad fever, and reform may not be enough of a cure.  A balanced healthcare system is supported by three legs: quality of care, access to care and cost of care. Balancing cost, quality and access is tricky as they are all...

Is Your Dentist Wealthy, Affluent, or Financially Independent?

Not long ago I read a Wall Street Journal article, focused on proposed tax increases on those earning over $250,000 a year, which profiled a Colorado dentist who earned around $300,000 a year. The dentist was quoted as saying she didn’t consider herself rich,...

The Annual Financial Check-up

Your doctor isn’t the only professional you should see for an annual checkup.  You need to be visiting with your financial planner, too.  Tara Siegel Bernard, a reporter with The New York Times, recently spoke with financial planners, including South Dakota...

Need a Business Loan? Here Are 8 Ways To Get One

Many entrepreneurs are finding that stricter underwriting guidelines make it nearly impossible to get a loan today.  “The negative to a bank is that the loan can often be very hard or next to impossible to obtain,” says Rick Kahler, a certified financial...

What Is Financial Planning? The Profession Has Some Educating To Do

Ron Lieber, who writes the “Your Money” column for The New York Times, wondered what kind of tough questions clients were asking their financial planners after last year’s financial crash. To find out, he moderated a panel with five of my financial...