Is Socially Responsible Investing the Right Route for You?

By Jay Pluimer, AIF® CIMA®

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Is Socially Responsible Investing the Right Route for You?

We have been talking to a lot of clients about ethical and impact investing lately. Opportunities to align investment dollars with personal values have become more available as investor demand has increased. It is now possible to effectively make investments that focus on the environment, sustainability, workplace disparities, or gender equality. In fact, from 2014 to 2016 these types of investments grew by more than 33%.[1] The desire to align personal values with spending dollars has already been demonstrated in consumer spending, as 66% of consumers now saying they’re willing to pay more for sustainable goods (a 55% increase from 2014). [i] People are not only buying with the environment in mind, but they are also investing in companies that promote social themes as well.

Back to School: Preparing for College Isn't Just About the Dorm Furniture

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Back to School: Preparing for College Isn't Just About the Dorm Furniture

I was a wreck when my daughter Maddy went off to college three years ago. I had so many emotions about my oldest child, my first baby, leaving home and venturing out on her own. On the other hand, Maddy was so excited--without an apprehensive bone in her body. She was ready to start her college experience and for that I was grateful. But I had my concerns about her safety, her well-being, her ability to create her own structure with all that freedom, and all the other concerns that come with being the parent of a young adult.

Although Maddy was focused on how she was going to furnish her dorm room and what her roommate was going to be like, she was also looking forward to the adventures and challenges of college. The furthest thing from her mind was worst case scenarios and creating a plan for the what-ifs of adulthood. While the curtains and the rug and the mini fridge all have their place in planning for college life, so too does preparing documents that will protect you as a parent and them as an adult in the event of an emergency.

Surrendering the Lead

Independence, delegation and knowing when and how to find a balance.

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA
Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Surrendering the Lead

This past April, my family and I went to Spain to visit my oldest daughter, Maddy. She was spending a semester in Barcelona and that was a great incentive to take a European vacation. As a planner, it should come as no shock that I often plan my vacations fairly meticulously. I like to know where I’m going and, typically, lead the way. There was something very different about this vacation though, and it taught me a great deal about the freedom of letting go and the opportunities it can open up. When we arrived, we started the trip spending a few days in Madrid, then took a bullet train to Seville for a few nights during Holy Week before flying up to Barcelona.

Organizing Your Finances for Retirement

When approaching retirement, getting your finances organized is one of the first steps you should take.

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA
Thursday, 28 June 2018

Organizing Your Finances for Retirement

Getting a clear financial picture can help ease the transition into retirement because, at the very least, you’ll know what accounts you will be drawing from, where they are being managed, how your investments can continue to generate income for you, and what tax liabilities they may impose. It requires discipline and clarity to keep your finances organized before and during retirement.

Women's Experience in a Decidedly Male-Tailored Financial Landscape

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Women's Experience in a Decidedly Male-Tailored Financial Landscape

The recent and sudden passing of Kate Spade due to suicide has raised awareness about mental illness and the challenges women face in middle age. Based on my experience working with women of all ages, I know that the stress of life can lead to mental illness and long-term health problems if not addressed proactively. Although I’m not a mental health professional, I felt compelled to write an article about those challenges with an emphasis on ways in which we can help one another to find a greater peace, a space where we are heard and understood, and a place where we are empowered to take control of our financial and personal lives.  

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