No Free Lunch, No Free Investing

“There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch,” my Grandpa once told me. The adage suggesting you can’t get something for nothing seems to have bitten millions of unwitting investors who used a popular trading platform. This summer, my 19-year-old son...

Investment Decisions And Political Passion

“How will the outcome of the U.S. election impact retirement planning, and what actions are you taking now?” Financial Planning Magazine asked 320 financial advisors this question. Nine out of 10 believed the election would have a lasting negative impact...

“Shoulds” Can Block Saving For Emergency Fund

For many Americans, one painful lesson of 2020 has been a first-hand demonstration of the importance of having an emergency fund. Yet knowing such a reserve matters is a far cry from creating one. According to BankRate, 72% of Americans don’t have an emergency fund...

Money Skills Matter For Life Success

A popular money script is to assume that fame, accomplishments, and excellence in one’s field equate to financial security. Like any money script, this can be true in some cases and incorrect in others. But it is interesting to me that the common attitude  is that...

Money Scripts and Holiday Spending

The Christmas shopping season is in full swing. Some shoppers overspend on gifts and end up paying off credit card bills for months. Others drive themselves crazy trying to find exactly the right gifts for the right people. Others hate shopping so much that they find...