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...

The Harmful Power of Mistaken Money Beliefs

I often say that understanding money and how it works is a 21st Century survival skill. This is not an exaggeration. What you don’t know about money—as well as what you think you do know about money—has the potential to literally kill you and those you love. A...

Financial Therapy a Resource for Family-Owned Businesses

“Mom and pop shop.” This common term for a small family-owned business makes it sound like a cozy little operation where the owners live and work harmoniously together to make their shared dream come true. The reality, for couples who are both personal and...

Taxes, Emotions, and Your Money Scripts

Someone recently asked if I knew of a CPA that was trained as a financial therapist. I admitted I didn’t. I even chuckled at the peculiar combination—until I realized it’s probably just as peculiar for an investment-loving CFP like me to be trained in financial...

Change Money Behavior With Financial Therapy Tools

Problematic money behaviors are never about the money. Frequent readers of this column have seen me write about that over and over again. Suggesting cognitive action steps can only resolve about 20% of these behaviors. Take, for example, the challenge of making...