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Weekly Column

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...

The High Financial Cost of Gray Divorce

I spend a lot of focus helping my clients protect their hard-earned assets from the reach of a frivolous lawsuit. The chance of such a lawsuit in the US is always a risk when a person with a nest egg is perceived as “rich” and someone who “could...

Warning Signs of Untrustworthy Financial Advisors

A financial advisor that you feel you can trust is not automatically one who is trustworthy. Making that distinction can be crucial to your financial well-being. “Feeling” that a person is trustworthy or “listening to your gut” is not a safe...

Political Bets As Risky as Stock Market Timing

As an admitted political junkie, I am among the “fans” for whom a US Presidential election is similar to football’s Superbowl or soccer’s World Cup. This year, I found a way to combine my interest in politics and my competitive, entrepreneurial...

Increased Social Programs Don’t Equal Socialism

With the 2020 elections, we are hearing a lot about socialism. Many fear that, should the Democratic party sweep the White House and Senate, an inevitable march toward the US becoming a socialist country will begin. Socialism is an economic system in which the means...

High Advisor Commissions for High-Risk Investments

Financial advisors who charge commissions are two to eight times more likely than those who charge fees to recommend risky investments. This is the finding of a survey done by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) of 516 financial firms with...