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Building Wealth

Do You Need To Know Your Financial Planner’s Net Worth?

Encouraging a 20-something friend at my gym to attend a workshop I was giving on investing and financial planning, I quipped, “I’ll teach you how to be a millionaire.” “Really?” she responded. I quickly explained that, if someone her age invested $6,000 a year in...

Can You Election-Proof Your Retirement Portfolio?

In two recent columns, I suggested that consuming a politically unbalanced media diet could negatively affect your long-term investment returns. The more strongly people buy into the rhetoric of their political parties, the more difficult it is to be pragmatic about...

Aligning Values And Investing Easier Said Than Done

Aligning your stated values and your spending is something I encourage as part of financial wellness. It isn’t always easy to do. For example, someone strongly concerned about climate change will likely avoid buying items like bottled water, plastic bags, aerosols,...

Biased Media Diet Can Harm Your Financial Health

Part of supporting my clients’ financial wellbeing requires that I have a good grasp of current world economic, political, and financial events and how they apply to my clients personally and individually. It’s also important as a financial therapist to understand and...

What Is True About Money

“What is true about money?” A flippant answer to this question might be something like, “That I ought to have more of it.” Going a little deeper, however, we can come up with a list of characteristics, truisms if you will, to describe what money is and is not. Some of...

Learning From Business Failures and Mistakes

How would you feel to learn your financial planner came close to bankruptcy five times in his life? Maybe I should have considered that question before I told the world about my business mistakes in an interview with Morey Stettner that was published July 18, 2022, in...