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*Financial Awakenings

Is Bitcoin An Investment? New EFTs Do Not Make It Less Risky

If you’re looking for a heart-pounding rollercoaster ride into the uncharted territory of financial wild things, forget boring old S&P 500 returns. Look no further than the shiny new Bitcoin ETFs hitting the market. Or not. You may have seen ads for the...

The Inflation Paradox: When Perception Clashes with Reality

Back in June 2022, news headlines and social media were screaming about the 9.1% inflation rate. Eighteen months later, in December 2023, inflation was 3.4%—one of the biggest drops in modern history. Yet instead of celebrating, consumers remain anxious, with...

Why Would You Pick Up A Penny?

Recently I spotted a penny on the ground. In a nanosecond, the following discussion played out in my mind: “Pick it up, it’s free money!” “It’s only a penny, it’s not worth the effort.” “But it’s still a penny, to walk on by would be wasteful!” “Spending time...

Rate Your Financial Wellbeing: Part Two

Continuing last week’s exploration of characteristics that define financial wellbeing, this week we’ll look at eight positive C’s and their negative counterparts. Again, I suggest considering where you see yourself along the spectrum between each pair. 1....

Rate Your Financial Wellbeing: Part One

At the beginning of a new year, many people resolve to do better at managing money. These resolutions often focus on past failures and ineffective financial behaviors in an effort to fix what isn’t working. Financial professionals like me often emphasize that same...

Why Does Health Insurance Cost So Much?

While overall economic inflation has slowed over the past 18 months, health insurance costs keep going up. According to the latest survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), a non-profit organization that conducts research on health policy and issues, the average...