What to do When There is Threat of Market Fluctuation

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Friday, 03 February 2017

What to do When There is Threat of Market Fluctuation

One of our responsibilities as an investment advisor is to help you put market news in its proper perspective, especially when the media is reporting global market corrections in the wake of political events.

If you're reading or watching the popular press, you're seeing a lot of storm and fury having to do with the new presidency, Brexit, rising interest rates, and general uncertainty of what is to come. As the popular media scrambles to explain the unexplainable – what is happening with the markets right now, what may happen in the future and how long it's going to last – we thought we'd share a headline of our own:

"The stock market is a giant distraction to the business of investing."

So said Vanguard founder John Bogle in his 2007 classic, "The Little Book of Common Sense Investing."

These are timeless words to invest by, as is Bogle's deeper explanation of them:

A View from the Top:

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Monday, 30 January 2017

A View from the Top:

Finding the path through life's transitions

The Sherpas of Nepal spend their days guiding eager and daring travelers up the treacherous paths of Mount Everest and other peaks of the Himalayas. What they have witnessed in a month is likely more terrifying than what most of us have experienced in a lifetime. And yet, they continue on. Day in and day out, acting as guides to thousands of visitors per year. I admire these Sherpas. Although the paths are dangerous and they will undoubtedly encounter countless obstacles, the ability to embrace the uncertainty that the peaks of the Himalayas hold is part of their life, their livelihood, and their nature.

When it comes to major transitions in our own lives we might pause to take a lesson from the Sherpas. They do not seek to remove themselves from the challenges they face. Rather, they square up and get through, finding the most navigable solution in order to arrive safely on the other side (or to the summit, as it were).

Teach Your Children Wealth

Stress Is a Major Factor That Affects Our Health and Happiness
By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA
Thursday, 19 January 2017

Teach Your Children Wealth

According to a recent Stress in America survey conducted by Harris Poll for the American Psychological Association, money has been the number one source of stress in our lives since the survey began in 2007, beating out work, family responsibilities, and health concerns.

Could developing healthy money habits and good financial skills help your children have happier, less stressed adult lives?  Nathan Dungan, founder and president of Share Save Spend, developed a financial education program conducted with parent/child pairs designed to help families balance spending with sharing and saving. The study showed that teaching youth about money can decrease their materialism and increase their self-esteem. According to the study, these improvements remained present eight months after the intervention occurred.

401(k) Resolutions

By Jay Pluimer, AIF® CIMA®

Thursday, 12 January 2017

401(k) Resolutions

The turning of the calendar year is a great opportunity to create a list of resolutions that can improve your life.  I am going to leverage my Holiday practice making lists and checking them twice to help clients make sure they have a 401k or 403b Plan that is working effectively for both the employer and the employees.  So here is my list of New Years’ Resolutions for a retirement plan:

How do you Define Success and Happiness

What is financial success?
By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA
Tuesday, 03 January 2017

How do you Define Success and Happiness

As we enter a new year we often reflect on the successes of the prior year (as well as not so successful moments) and we look to improve in the coming year. Resolutions about our habits (good and bad) are often made. No matter what type of changes, if any, you have chosen to make this year, they all come down to two things happiness and success. So what does that mean to you?

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