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Is Your ‘Financial Pyramid’ Upside Down?

Here’s How to Ensure You’re Focusing on the Right Things
By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA
Monday, 10 February 2020

Is Your ‘Financial Pyramid’ Upside Down?

It has been estimated that 11 million bits of data travel across our brains every single second, yet we only process about 50 bits per second. You don’t have to be an expert in Information Theory to understand that this means two things: we simply can’t focus on everything and what we do focus on matters. An excellent example is what we choose to emphasize in our financial lives, yet many people have allowed their ‘financial pyramids’ to be turned upside down.

How To Retire When You're a CEO

Tips for Transitioning Out of a High-Powered Leadership Role and Into the Next Phase
By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA
Wednesday, 29 January 2020

How To Retire When You're a CEO

Retirement can be a difficult transition for anyone, but it can pose an even greater challenge for those leaving high-powered leadership roles. Since their positions are so incredibly demanding, CEOs often don’t have the time or focus to plan their next move. Also, since the average age of retirement for a CEO is just 62, that leaves quite a few years to plan for. CEOs also frequently define themselves by their work, which can make retirement feel like a loss rather than a milestone to celebrate.

Ask Your Spouse These Nine Questions Before You Retire

Planning Together Ensures You’ll Understand One Another’s Expectations
By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA
Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Ask Your Spouse These Nine Questions Before You Retire

Nearing retirement is an exciting time. It’s a culmination of your many years of hard work and smart financial decision-making, and many people find it to be an incredibly meaningful and rewarding phase of life. You likely have a host of retirement dreams – everything from where you’ll live to how you’ll spend your days and with whom – but do you know if your spouse has different expectations?

When You Can No Longer Be The Family Caretaker: 5 Steps

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

When You Can No Longer Be The Family Caretaker: 5 Steps

When we are young, it seems we and our parents will live forever. We don’t tend to spend much time on the harsh realities of what living a long life entails. Now, a lot of people are getting firsthand experience with the challenges of caring for elderly parents. 

10% of adults aged 60-70 are caretakers to an elderly parent and the number jumps to 12% for adults over 70.1  

Caring for a parent is straining both emotionally and financially for a lot of people. There will often be a breaking point where the current arrangement is no longer tenable and the parent may need more care than the children can provide, perhaps forcing a move to a long-term care facility or hospital. This can be a difficult and challenging conversation for family members to have, especially dealing with siblings who all have different ideas of what is best. This article will cover 5 tips to foster positive conversations and hopefully leave everyone walking away feeling like they’ve made the best choice possible. 

Intertwined: Your Social Life and Your Financial Life are Connected

While many people often look at their social life with a very different lens than their financial life, you might be surprised to know how closely connected they really are.
By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA
Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Intertwined: Your Social Life and Your Financial Life are Connected

This connection applies whether you are highly social or not social at all – if you prefer meeting friends for dinner or going on a sunrise bike ride alone. Your social nature is directly related to how and what you spend money on and what your true relationship with money is. In this article, we will explore this theory and help shed light on how, perhaps, some tweaks to your social habits may have a positive impact on your financial life. 

Loneliness

Lack of social interaction can have a substantial negative impact on your physical health. According to the American Psychological Association, loneliness poses a greater threat to public health than obesity.[1] In a New York Times article, psychologists and psychological studies were reported to have found that loneliness can impair health by raising levels of stress hormones and inflammation, which in turn can increase the risk of heart disease, arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, dementia, and even suicide attempts. With any health problems comes a cost, therefore, maintaining a healthy and active social life (especially as you age) helps to maintain your physical and mental health which in turn protects you from unwanted healthcare expenses.

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