New Year’s Resolution: Improving Financial Communication in Your Home

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Tuesday, 01 January 2019

New Year’s Resolution: Improving Financial Communication in Your Home

 It’s that time again, the time to make resolutions: to lose ten pounds, to eat better, to read more, to get serious about your finances. While we can't chase you into the gym, we can go over some ways to tackle your finances. Too often we find ways to put aside our financial long-term health for short-term, day-to-day distractions. The good news is that you can improve your finances in the new year by communicating and setting goals. We describe some helpful themes to foster positive money conversations in the New Year. The first step to making this resolution a reality is to get your calendar out now and start blocking out time for your finances.

Three Key Ways to Close the Gender Pay Gap from Within Your Organization

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Three Key Ways to Close the Gender Pay Gap from Within Your Organization

Occupational Feminization is a real thing and while progress has been made there is still a lot more to be done. This article provides some key actions that can be taken by employers and management to close the gap and recognize the equal value that women deserve in the workplace.

Women still earn 80 cents on average to every dollar brought home by a male worker doing the same job. As of 2018, due to that gender pay gap, women lost an estimated $513 billion in wages.[i] Sadly, this is not a uniquely American problem and there is a wage disparity between men and women in nearly every country.[ii] Unfortunately, the wage disparity increases when broken down by race. Although there is countless data on wage discrepancy, complications discussing it often arise because there is a large segment of the population who either do not believe it exists or believe it only exists because women pursue lesser paying professions and don’t ask for raises.

Tips to Curb Impulse Spending When Shopping Online

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Monday, 26 November 2018

Tips to Curb Impulse Spending When Shopping Online

Did you know that there is a whole genre of articles, conferences, books, and workshops dedicated to helping marketers and advertisers reduce the time it takes for you, the consumer, to visit an online store and make a purchase? There are advertising tactics that encourage you to consider that purse you looked at online three weeks ago when you are simply googling how to make banana bread muffins.

Do you ever wonder why or how the ads that come through your Facebook feed, Google search sidebar, or even your favorite online news outlet’s banner sections are so perfectly targeted to you and what you like or what you’ve bought in the past? The endeavor of online retailers (especially the giants like Amazon) is to reduce the amount of time between your arrival at the site and your purchase. According to a recent study, developers at Amazon want your timeframe to complete a purchase to be 30 seconds or less!

Five Ways to Nurture Gratitude This Holiday Season

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Thursday, 08 November 2018

Five Ways to Nurture Gratitude This Holiday Season

A quick guide for spending with intent, being present and having meaningful conversations with those you love.

It feels like the period of thankfulness and thoughtfulness brought on by a Thanksgiving feast is getting shorter every year. Black Friday looms large, ready to bombard us with shopping and deals. Consumption once again saddles in and takes precedence. In 2017, on Thanksgiving Day, online revenue grew by 28%. [i] If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed at the thought of another year of maxing out credit cards and rushing into the bargain-hunting fray to fight it out for the perfect gift item that no one really needs, then read on. For those who want a little more thankfulness and thoughtfulness this holiday season, I will discuss five ways to promote and nurture gratitude through the holidays and beyond.

How to Live With Your Partner in Unmarried Bliss

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Friday, 26 October 2018

How to Live With Your Partner in Unmarried Bliss

People are getting married less and living together more. This is true for all demographics, including retirement-age couples.

The choice to remarry among those over 50 has been replaced by the choice to instead, live together unmarried has increased by 75% between 2007 and 2016.[i] Baby Boomers continue to divorce at double the rate they did in 1990 (what’s called Gray Divorce for couples over 50).[ii] There is an increased social acceptance regarding living together without marrying for older couples. But the other reason is women not wanting to marry later in life.

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