Talking Your Way Down the Aisle

The importance of having money discussions before you tie the knot.

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA
Thursday, 31 January 2019

Talking Your Way Down the Aisle

Love is exciting. The first date jitters, the honeymoon phase, ring shopping etc. Wedding planning, while often stressful and expensive, is all about planning a life together. We love love. What we don't love, as evidenced in various TV shows and movies, is talking about what happens after the happily ever after, which often involves money. Whether you come in with a lot or too little, there are hurdles. The dreaded prenup. The horror stories of partners carrying huge amounts of undisclosed debt. The reality is, in most aspects of our lives, we avoid having difficult financial conversations until we have to. Waiting until things hit the fan, unfortunately, takes away a lot of options. It is in these situations when couples are forced to be reactive instead of proactive.

Looking Ahead: New Year, Bright Future

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Monday, 07 January 2019

Looking Ahead: New Year, Bright Future

It’s that time of year again, fresh starts, new beginnings and a long list of resolutions. We all have them, probably a little bit more exercise, eat better, tackle debt, save more. These are things we all could be better at and so this year, instead of putting them back on the shelf after a few half-hearted attempts, let’s go over some ways to actually reach your goals. It’s great to sip champagne and think of all the things you will do better this year, now imagine how much greater it will feel to actually accomplish those goals at the year’s end?

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.

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