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Money Psychology

Resistance to Financial Advice Is a Sign to Slow Down

“When you meet resistance, you are moving too fast.” This is a truism that I hold to when it comes to relationships, especially in my capacity as a financial advisor. The illusion is that people come to financial planners for financial advice. Planners often assume...

What’s Worse Than Having No Will? Having Two

Estate planning matters. Not having a will can leave surviving family members to struggle with legal complexities, increased costs, and strained relationships as they make decisions that they can only hope the deceased would have approved. It adds pain and heartache....

Predictions of US Dollar’s Demise Did Not Come True

At the height of the pandemic recession, a June 22, 2020, headline in The Capitalist.com caught my eye: “Dollar Will Plunge 35%, Lose Status As World Reserve Currency.” The article opened with, “The US dollar is on the verge of a 35% collapse. It could also lose its...

Faux Financial Intimacy or Genuine Communication

Are you and your spouse truly aligned when it comes to finances? Do you rarely experience conflicts about money? If so, you might have financial intimacy in your relationship. This goes beyond merely sharing financial information. It involves both partners feeling...

Toxic Positivity Can Harm You Financially

Positive thinking about money can be beneficial. It can also be harmful if it leads us to suppress our emotions or avoid financial realities. This dark side of being positive is described in a Psychotherapy Today article referencing a book titled Toxic Positivity by...

Are We In a Recession? Look to Trustworthy Data for the Answer

When it comes to the economy, the idea of “fake news” is nothing new. We’ve often had a segment of the population believing the US government is intentionally lying. In the early 2000’s, economist Paul Krugman used the term “inflation truthers” to describe...