Retirement

December 21, 2021

The Cobra Effect and Inflation

The Cobra Effect is an unintended consequence where unintended behavior is ignored, making a problem worse than it originally was. When Delhi India was under British rule in the late 1800s, Delhi was infested with Cobras. As a result, the British incentivized farmers and locals to kill cobras by paying them a bounty when they brought a dead cobra to them. This effort worked in the short-run, reducing the population of cobras in the area, but eventually it became hard to find cobras at all. Despite this, the people still wanted to make money from the bounty, and since there […]
December 6, 2021

TRUE Traits for Successful Investing

When it comes to investing, the big decisions are driven by how much money to have in stocks, bonds, and cash. TRUE’s Traits for successful investing are listed below to help you allocate your money based on your long-term plan. Trait #1: Try to have 4-6 months of cash on hand for emergencies. Trait #2: If you need the money in the next 12 months, then it should be in cash. If you need the money to start a business in the next year, there is no sense in risking this money in the stock or bond market. We recommend […]
June 17, 2021

Are You Between Your 50th Birthday and Becoming Work Optional?

Are you between your 50th birthday and work being optional? If so, keep reading to learn about my offer of something priceless to you, for nothing. If not, pass this information along to someone you know. It’s that important. In America today, there are millions of people1 between their 50th birthday and making work optional. Most of the money these people have saved (and will save over the next five, ten, or fifteen years) is going to be directed into retirement investment accounts. This may well become the most money they’ve ever accumulated in their lives. Chances are you are […]
January 9, 2020

What do I need to know about the SECURE Act?

Before we dive in, understand that the SECURE Act is over 20,000 words long.  (And in fact, the Senate had to tuck it away in a much, much larger appropriations bill to pass it.)  That means there isn’t room to cover every provision of the new law, and many won’t apply to you anyway.  So, what follows is a brief overview of the major changes that could affect your finances. Are you ready?  Then take a deep breath as we review…   Changes to the IRA “stretch” provisions1 For years, one of the most popular estate planning strategies was the […]
September 26, 2019

What Is Wealth Management?

Naturally, we created a mathematical formula to define wealth management. Here’s the formula: WM = IC + AP + RM Wealth Management means different things to different people. But to us, wealth management, the way we think of it starts with Investment Consulting (IC). And really, Investment Consulting deals with the number one concern that our successful clients have who want to make smart decisions about their money. Now the challenge for everyone is that 100% of financial advisors say they do this and obviously some do it better than others. In addition, we think there’s another key element called […]
August 12, 2019

What to do in retirement and why it matters

It’s finally time to retire. Now what? Do you spend time on the golf course? Are you looking forward to spending your days with your grandchildren? Do you already have a month-long vacation booked to Europe? Retirement looks different for everyone, depending on age, lifestyle preferences, and personality. Retirement is about freedom and carefree days, right? So why does it matter what you do during retirement?    The truth is that the days during your retirement matter just as much as the days preceding it, especially when it comes to your finances. Here are some tips on what you could […]