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Weekly Column

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...

What’s a CeFT? A Look At Financial Professionals’ Designations

If you’re looking for a financial advisor, one of the first things you may notice is the array of letters behind their names. (For example, mine include MS, CFP®, CFT-I™, and CeFT®.) Chances are you don’t know what all these designations mean, and your eyes may glaze...

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...

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...