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Weekly Column

Why Does Health Insurance Cost So Much?

While overall economic inflation has slowed over the past 18 months, health insurance costs keep going up. According to the latest survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), a non-profit organization that conducts research on health policy and issues, the average...

Searching For Joy In Holiday Giving

One of my clients, whose immediate family includes 30 people, has described himself as a Grinch when it comes to Christmas gift-giving. “Every year I swear I’m going to shop early, and every year I procrastinate. I never know what to get for people, and it seems...

Wealth Equals Wellbeing Only If You Spend It When You Need To

In A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens vividly brought to life one of fiction’s most famous misers, Ebenezer Scrooge. He was a “tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint,...

How to Find a Qualified Financial Therapist

If last week’s column helped you determine that you would benefit from consulting a financial therapist, how do you find one? Rule number one: don’t automatically assume that someone who advertises they are a financial therapist is qualified. Anyone can call...

How to Know When Financial Therapy Might Help

What is a financial therapist, and how do you know when you need one? Basically, a financial therapist fills the gap between financial planners (often numbers specialists who don’t understand psychology), and therapists (often behavioral change specialists who don’t...

Are We Living In The “Good Old Days”?

For anyone following current news, whether from mainstream sources or the more extreme corners of the Internet, it may seem that the world is spiraling into chaos. That same narrative is frequently echoed by politicians and political candidates. Are things really that...