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...

Investment Decisions And Political Passion

“How will the outcome of the U.S. election impact retirement planning, and what actions are you taking now?” Financial Planning Magazine asked 320 financial advisors this question. Nine out of 10 believed the election would have a lasting negative impact...

Money Skills Matter For Life Success

A popular money script is to assume that fame, accomplishments, and excellence in one’s field equate to financial security. Like any money script, this can be true in some cases and incorrect in others. But it is interesting to me that the common attitude  is that...