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Without Counsel Plans Go Wrong, but With Many Advisers They Succeed.

Proverbs 15:22 (RSV)


What Matters

Earlier this week I read a reflection by Karen Culbertson on the eulogy of his father's life given by President George W. Bush. I was struck by the eulogy myself, but she expresses her thoughts far more clearly than I could mine. She says:

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What Is the Common Denominator?

I understand that markets like we are seeing right now can be nervewracking for investors. You know the value of the money you have, and it can be hard to watch it go down. The first thing to remember is that we have to focus on what we can control. You and I don't have any influence over the market. We do have influence over how much money we invest, what we invest in, and when we do it.

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Congratulations Class of 2019 (It is Time to Apply for Financial Aid)

I was the first one to go to college in my family and the application and financial aid process was overwhelming. I went through that process on my own. With that in mind, I have a personal mission to share with you. There is so much information and misinformation out there about saving for and applying for college and college financial aid. I have, therefore, intentionally expanded my business offerings to include college funding strategy.

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Goal Post Shift

I love watching football games, and eagerly anticipate football season each year. I played the game in high school, and that's a feeling you never quite forget. I remember how important it was at the time, and yet how incredibly simple: put the ball into the end zone, or in between the goal posts. That was it, really. Sure, there was strategy, but the goal never changed: score points, win the game.

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Time for a reset!

With so many people buckling down for the academic year, wistfully viewing the vacation pictures, it's an appropriate time to be reviewing financial goals. Setting goals is a fundamental step to financial security. Our priorities, however, tend to shift as time goes on. Is your household ready for a "reset" button?

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What Will Your Legacy Be?

In the subject line I asked, "what will your legacy be?" I am not talking about money. Money is a useful tool, yes, but you can't take it with you. We can talk about financial legacies, and in my business we do so often, for it's a component of every good estate plan. Far more important, however, is passing on virtue. What kind of inheritance (rather than how much) will you leave behind for your loved ones?

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Don't Forget

Ah, summer. Do you love it as much as I do? Hot dogs, roller coasters, ice cream, backyard pools and sprinklers...these are what come to mind when I think of summer. I wonder what my children will recall of their childhood summers. Will they think fondly of the long drives in the van to visit far-flung family and friends? Will they think of the awe-inspiring sunset behind the mountains? Will it be the evenings spent chasing fireflies in the backyard with the neighbors?

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IT Costs HOW Much?

When I'm looking at a client's investment portfolio, one of the first things I look at is how much the investment is actually charging my client. Very little in life is free, and index funds, stocks and bonds are no exception!

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A New Approach to Annuities

QUESTION: Kevin, should I buy this annuity? ANSWER: Probably not. Slightly more helpful answer: It's not likely to be the best investment vehicle for you. Annuities have high fees and long reaching tax implications that make them poor choices for most people. If we look at your entire financial picture, we are apt to discover more fruitful ways of building your long term wealth and securing your financial future.

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Turning the Tables

Mother's Day was just a few days ago; I hope you had the opportunity to reflect on the mother figures in your life. Was talking to them about their wishes for end of life care on the list of dinner topics? No? I'm shocked by that resounding . . . .

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Let's Start with Why

Video presentation I recently gave to my professional business group discussing the "Why" of Step By Step Financial.

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