Spend on What You Value

Spend on What You Value

At the tail end of 2017, I signed up for my first only Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament. In an effort to be competitive, I set a goal: lose 10 lbs. (This is because you compete by weight class.) Losing 10 lbs meant a strict diet of meat and vegetables. Now, as ridiculous as a strict regimen of…
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Cybersecurity: How to Protect Yourself Online

Cybersecurity: How to Protect Yourself Online

Why is cybersecurity so important? The internet is fraught with scammers and rip-offs. And since our entire lives live online, it’s more important than ever to learn how to protect yourself. What You Will Learn Cybersecurity 101: Use Complex PasswordsUse Anti-Virus SoftwareKeep Your Software UpdatedEnable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) to Improve CybersecurityAlways Use a VPN over…
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Investment Policy Statement (IPS) Defined + Free Sample

Investment Policy Statement (IPS) Defined + Free Sample

The Investment Policy Statement (IPS) is a document that dictates how you invest your money. If you are working with a financial planner, the Investment Policy Statement (IPS) will also dictate how they invest your money for you. Here’s why creating this document is a good move: While your financial planner will make plenty of…
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Boring is Good for You

Boring is Good for You

In the nerdy world of money management, financial advisors are apt to use all sorts of over-the-top jargon. I’ll spare you by not listing every piece of jargon here (because that would bore you to death). But to help me illustrate a point, I do want to talk about one nerdy term. Forgive me while…
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Stock Market Crash Around the Corner?

Stock Market Crash Around the Corner?

The U.S. Stock Market has recovered swimmingly since the great recession – so well that people are saying that stocks are too expensive. Some even say we’re due for a severe market correction – or even worse: a stock market crash. Eventually, this prediction which will come true. But, when will stocks drop? Unfortunately, it’s impossible…
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These 3 Things are More Important than a 529 College Savings Plan

These 3 Things are More Important than a 529 College Savings Plan

529 college savings plans are important. But, they are not the most important thing new parents need to be thinking about. Speaking of new parents, it seems like everyone in my life is having kids. This includes: My brother My cousin My cousin-in-law Fellow professionals in the Financial Planning Association Friends from college My wife’s friends from…
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The Secret to Saving More Money: Tracking Your Spending

The Secret to Saving More Money: Tracking Your Spending

Consider this: You’re on vacation with your family at Lake Titicaca. It’s hot out. So, you decide to jump in the lake. But, before you do, you spot a sign. The sign reads: Caution! Giant killer eels in the lake. They will eat you for breakfast and not even think twice about it. Stay out…
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