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Quit Monkeying Around

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Quit Monkeying Around

This article from Dimensional Fund Advisors explores an old adage about whether or not monkeys throwing darts at a stock chart can really build a portfolio with higher returns than the average active money manager. According to this article, the answer is mixed. It really depends on the chart being used by the monkeys for target practice. Additionally, the sustainability of the monkey’s portfolio is largely dependent on patience, prudence and a deep understanding of underlying expenses. It certainly gives pause for thought. We hope you enjoy!

Steps to Improving Your Online Account Security

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Steps to Improving Your Online Account Security

We had no idea that global headlines would be full of stories about on-line threats just days before we published a blog on enhancing cybersecurity! In fact, the ink “dried” on our newest post a few days before the most recent tech scare hit the news. Although the solutions in the following article are not 100% “hacker-proof”, they will offer the best protection from threats like ransomware, malware and identity theft. We hope our blog will help improve your online security.

The first personal computer introduced about 40 years ago filled an entire room, and has now shrunk to the size of something that fits in our back pocket. Just as technology has improved over time, so have the security protocols that are required to help protect us from digital theft. These security protocols that have been written by experts to help protect our critical and private data. 

In an increasingly digital and technological world it can be overwhelming to grasp what the best practices are when it comes to ensuring that our data is safe and secure. The best place to begin is to understand where and how data breaches can occur, and then determine the best options to defend yourself from these types of threats.

How Will Your Marriage Be Affected by Retirement

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Wednesday, 05 April 2017

How Will Your Marriage Be Affected by Retirement

Retirement is definitely a major life transition and can create challenges to strong relationships. After years of happiness, sometimes one or both spouses can find themselves feeling alienated from the new situation or otherwise frustrated by the change.

We often consider the financial implications when approaching retirement, but can overlook how our marriage or relationship might be affected when the time comes to retire. It is difficult to anticipate what changes might take place with how we will spend our time. We typically struggle to anticipate what types of hobbies, activities or new endeavors might be taken up once the day comes to close the door on one big chapter of life.

It's Not a Sales Pitch: The Value of Working with an Advisor

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

It's Not a Sales Pitch: The Value of Working with an Advisor

In a time when everyone is an expert or has instant access to expert advice through the internet, there are aspects of financial planning and investment management that are overlooked when determining whether to hire a professional or do it yourself. In addition to experience and credentials in financial planning and portfolio advisement, advisors are mentors to their clients who can often be the difference in setting and accomplishing long-term financial goals and falling short of those necessary benchmarks. Time is valuable to everybody, and there can be important benefits from leveraging the years an advisor has invested into providing financial and investment advice relative to the DIY hours to create or maintain a plan.

Five Steps to a Less Stressful Retirement Transition

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

Five Steps to a Less Stressful Retirement Transition

Many of us look forward to retirement as a time for relaxation, exploring hobbies and using our time to focus on things other than work and career. Planning for retirement, however, can be stressful even in the best situations and downright daunting for people nearing retirement who may not have planned as much as they’d have liked. According to a 2016 PwC survey, a little less than half of Baby Boomers know how much income they will need in retirement and are concerned that they will run out of money.  That kind of uncertainty compounds the stress that many people often face when trying to save and prepare for retirement.

Visualizing your retirement is one way to give yourself peace of mind about how to achieve it. The following five steps can help you create a successful and fruitful financial plan.

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