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January 16, 2020

Lessons we learned from the last decade…

2010-11: Aftershocks of the Great Recession The best way to see how much can change in a decade is to remember how things were at the end of the last one.  In 2010, we were coming off the worst decade for stocks since the 1930s. The Great Recession had devastated the retirement savings of millions of people. Many of the world’s most famous financial institutions had collapsed.  And the national unemployment rate was near 10%.1 It was a scary and uncertain time. Many investors had fled the markets entirely by 2010, some for good. As a result, they missed a […]
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 7, 2016

Growing Your Money

August 31, 2016

Funding a College Education

August 9, 2016

Second Opinion Service with TRUE

When was the last time you set out to create a financial plan or heaven forbid, a comprehensive wealth management plan focused on your retirement? How many pages were created to help you to better analyze your picture of retirement? 75, 100, even 200 pages. I don’t know about you, but that many pages doesn’t get many people excited about retirement planning! In fact, if you are like most people, 93%1 don’t have a written financial plan anyway! Usually because of one of two reasons, everything changes, so why plan in so much detail; or the task seems too daunting, […]
July 6, 2016

The Big Picture of Diversification

The Big Picture of Diversification: A Lesson on the Golf Course A few years ago, I was out playing golf with some friends.  We had decided to play the Overland Park West course that winds through the upscale Nottingham by the Green neighborhood.  On this particular afternoon the weather was quite wonderful; 75°, slightly overcast, very light breeze, with mild humidity.  We began by taking our tee shots on the first hole. As with any tee shot, you must always think about your second shot.  You must be mindful of trees, traps, hazards, and in the case of this course, […]