How Much is “Rich?” Income Vs. Net Worth

How much money does it take to be wealthy? As I’ve pointed out in previous columns, this is basically an unanswerable question. It depends on too many variables, such as social norms, personal circumstances, accounting methods, lifestyle, and financial...

Market Crashes To Be Expected, Not Feared

A lot of stock market experts are concerned that the market is overheated and ripe for a new bear market. One of those expecting a bear market is Shawn Williams of Motley Fool, in a May 8, 2021, post, “A case is mounting for a big drop in the stock...

Inflated Fears of “Rigged” Markets and Hyperinflation

Our economy is recovering; the stock market is booming. Yet I’m hearing investors express much more fear now than they did last March when the stock market was falling off a cliff. I see a couple of reasons for this. First, market movements are largely emotional...

When Ethical Financial Advice is “Don’t Hire Me”

“If I was your financial adviser, I would tell you that engaging me is not a good deal for you.” I’ve told hundreds of prospects this over my nearly 40-year career as a financial planner. I can make a good argument that almost everyone would benefit from...

GameStop, Reddit, and “Rigged” Stock Market

When there’s drama in the stock market, I often learn about it at the gym. Case in point: the recent headline-grabbing hullabaloo about GameStop and Reddit. Apparently, some limited partnerships (the slang is “hedge fund”) decided to...

No Free Lunch, No Free Investing

“There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch,” my Grandpa once told me. The adage suggesting you can’t get something for nothing seems to have bitten millions of unwitting investors who used a popular trading platform. This summer, my 19-year-old son...