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Coping With Finances While Coping With Grief

In last week’s column about grief, I suggested that all of our personal losses, such as the death of a loved one, have financial aspects. These may range from a severe reduction in family income because of a divorce or the death of a wage earner, to the complexities...

The Financial Impact of Grief and Loss

One of the emotions—or more accurately, the constellation of many emotions—that financial planners often must help clients deal with is grief. It’s common for people to engage a planner during times of transition and loss such as the death of a parent or spouse....

The Surprising Financial Impact of Mindfulness Meditation

In the financial therapy program that I co-founded in 2007 with Dr. Ted Klontz, we taught and practiced a lot of “mindfulness” meditation. After a meditation we would often ask, “So what does this have to do with money?” During the first part...

More Cognitive Biases That Can Cost You Money

Last week we looked at four types of “stinking thinking,” cognitive biases that can contribute to poor investment decisions. Here are six more. Monte Carlo Fallacy. This is placing too much emphasis on the likelihood of an event happening, just because it...

Financial Dependency: Relying On Others For Money

Do you rely on others for the bulk of your monthly income? If so, it’s possible your relationship with money may be suffering. Many people experience setbacks or life circumstances that result in temporarily relying on others for financial help. Being financially...

“So Daddy Pays You?” Divorce, Money, and Emotions

Kirsten was divorced and had primary custody of her eight-year-old son, Jack, who spent every other weekend with his father. One Friday evening when her ex-husband came to pick up their son, he handed Kirsten a piece of paper and said, “Here is your...