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Money Psychology

Biased Media Diet Can Harm Your Financial Health

Part of supporting my clients’ financial wellbeing requires that I have a good grasp of current world economic, political, and financial events and how they apply to my clients personally and individually. It’s also important as a financial therapist to understand and...

Couples With Income Inequality, Part 2

Last week I described three common dynamics in couples where one partner is much wealthier than the other. Those are the “Funder and Beneficiary” where the wealthy partner pays for everything, the “Proportional Spenders” who contribute based on their income, and the...

When Couples Are Not Financial Equals

References to income and wealth inequality generally focus on how unevenly income and wealth are distributed throughout a population. The greater the gap between those at the top and the bottom, the more problematic it can be to the social health of a country. In a...

Real Estate Buyers Are Liars–Or Not

Tyler and Kirsten’s family was growing. They had one child, another was on the way, and they agreed that they might eventually want a third. Their two-bedroom house would not suit their needs much longer; it was time to look for something bigger. Before they contacted...

Will A Senior Living Facility Cost Your Kids An Inheritance?

One popular money script is, “I need to leave an inheritance to my kids.” Yet choices that parents make based on this money script can actually result in both failing to leave an inheritance and even costing children money. Here is one way that might happen. My town...

Charging What Your Services Are Worth

I recently had a somewhat difficult conversation with a vendor about the hourly fee she charged me. The challenge? Convincing her to raise her rates. She had contracted with me for about 18 months at the same hourly fee. I was pleased with her work. I also knew she...