Tips for Charitable Giving in Times of Crisis

September 17, 2018 12:00 am

In 2016, over $390 billion was donated to charitable causes in the US.  Many people donate money and time to their favorite charities throughout the year.  Some choose to set up scheduled giving such as a monthly donation, while others make their donations at the end of the year.  When unexpected events, like Hurricanes Harvey […]

Should I Bank Online?

August 17, 2018 10:15 am

Emergency reserves are a vital part of every good financial plan.  Having extra savings that can be accessed to cover an unexpected expense enables you to avoid charging up credit cards and taking withdrawals from retirement savings.  So where should you keep those reserves and how should they be invested?  Or should they be invested […]

How much should I have in my 401k at age X?

August 9, 2018 12:00 am

As the calendar turns to 2014, many folks use the month of January to review their retirement balances and see how their accounts have grown. Whether it’s the cold weather that makes people pay more attention or a derivative of a new year’s…

Outlook for the Second Half of 2018

June 26, 2018 11:33 am

It shouldn’t be surprising that US stock indices were relatively flat the first half of the year. After all, 2017 brought a stellar, unexpected gift in the form of performance returns. As the year turned over, most investors were aware that stocks can only go up for so long before one of two things happen: […]

Financial Factors to Consider when Buying a Home

June 14, 2018 12:00 am

I think most will agree that the top consideration in buying a home is location, and that is true for a number of reasons.  Everyone wants to live in a desirable area suitable to their way of living.  For some the location may be conveniently…

4 Ways to Spend Your Income Tax Refund

April 5, 2018 12:00 am

Are you one of the 75% of taxpaying Americans who will get a refund this year?  That number seemed surprisingly high to me since I’ve always been taught that overpaying or having too much withheld for taxes was basically lending Uncle Sam mo…

The Stock Market’s Balancing Act

March 26, 2018 11:32 am

Investing is a delicate balancing act, weighing the good news against the bad. Fortunately, for most of the last year and a half, we didn’t hear a lot of really damaging news. Unfortunately, that has changed recently and escalated this past week.  Investors usually can handle one challenge fairly effectively, but when the pace of […]

Who…..or What is to Blame For the Recent Market Volatility?

February 6, 2018 12:30 pm

The Supreme Court back in 1919 found that while the freedom of speech is protected under the First Amendment, it does not however protect “dangerous speech.” The definition of dangerous speech being purposely vague. An example was provided by Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in which he said “falsely shouting fire in a theater […]