Do I Need Disability Insurance If I’m Near Retirement?

Do I Need Disability Insurance If I’m Near Retirement?

Do you need disability insurance if you’re nearing retirement age? Like most financial planning questions, there is no single answer for every situation. Whether or not you need disability insurance near retirement depends on a few different factors, including: how much money you plan to save over the rest of your working career, the size…
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Should I Invest the Down Payment I’m Saving for My Next Home Purchase?

Should I Invest the Down Payment I’m Saving for My Next Home Purchase?

Recently, we were working with a client entering retirement. We were helping with her long-term financial plan and she had big (read: expensive) plans. For her golden years, she dreamed of a six-figure remodel on her current home — or maybe even purchasing another, larger property. The good news is that she can afford it. The…
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Why Jerry Seinfeld Was Right About Public Speaking

Why Jerry Seinfeld Was Right About Public Speaking

Remember that famous Jerry Seinfeld joke about public speaking? He references a study that said people are more fearful of speaking in front of a crowd than death. If true, it means the average person attending a funeral “would rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy.” This one:   That’s me. I’m one…
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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. Cybersecurity 101: Use Complex Passwords When it comes to playing it safe online (read: best cybersecurity practices), one of the best ways to protect…
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Donor-Advised Funds: The Best Giving Tool You’ve Never Heard Of

Donor-Advised Funds: The Best Giving Tool You’ve Never Heard Of

Donor-advised funds have become increasingly popular given the new tax laws in 2018. They have also become one of our favorite tax savings tips that continues to fly under the radar: Today, we are going to break it all down for you and explain: What a Donor-Advised Fund is (in plain English!) Why you should…
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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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