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*Financial Awakenings

Why Prenuptial Agreements Can Be Valuable for Many Couples

Last week’s column discussed the importance for engaged couples of having open conversations about money before the wedding. This week we’ll look at some reasons a couple might want to consider signing a formal prenuptial agreement. Prenups, which establish how...

Build Emotional and Financial Intimacy With Prenup Money Conversations

Imagine for a moment that you and the love of your life are young, starry-eyed, and newly engaged. Someone asks, “Do you plan to get a prenup?” You would likely stare at them in stunned disbelief and say something like, “Are you kidding? Of course not! We don’t have...

Keep Your Politics Out of Your Portfolio

Financial Planning magazine posed the following question to 320 financial advisors: ”How will the U.S. election outcome influence retirement planning, and what steps are you currently taking?” The responses revealed that a stunning nine out of 10 advisors anticipated...

The Financial and Emotional Power of Being Wrong

One of financial philosopher Dick Wagner’s Money Truisms was “Everybody’s weird about money.” We humans, with our extreme frugality, excessive spending, unwillingness to talk about our money, late-night anxieties, compulsive money rituals, and...

Winning Financial Strategy Combines Strong Offense and Defense

Thirty years ago, jogging with a friend, I told him about the difficult time I was having financially. Even though my business’s earnings were very good, the profitability wasn’t where it needed to be. After listening to me for several miles, he said something I’ve...