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Dollar Cost Averaging: When Should I Invest This Money?

Most people think of market timing as trying to decide when to get out of the market in order to avoid the next downturn. However, market timing works the other way too. Sometimes investors have a lump sum to invest and they’re trying to determine a good entry point. I have seen several examples of …View Article

2018 Review & 2019 Outlook

I can sum up what happened in 2018 with just a few words: great year for the U.S. economy, not so good for the stock market. The average unemployment rate during 2018 was only 3.9% and it had fallen to 3.8% by the end of the year. That represented the strongest job market since 1969. …View Article

Gift Cards

One advantage to having my own personal finance column is it gives me an excuse to research anything that interests me. This holiday season I found myself thinking about gift cards. My wife tells me they are impersonal and don’t show a lot of thought or planning. However, it turns out that gift cards are …View Article

Financial Advisor: When and How to Hire The Right One

It may seem self-serving to write an article on when and how to hire a financial advisor. However, three things compelled me to write about this topic today. First, I realized that three of the last four clients who hired my firm already had multiple financial advisors (an average of three advisors each). All these …View Article

Retirement Spending – How Will Your Spending Change?

Numerous articles make the case that the average American is not saving enough for retirement and may be underestimating their future retirement spending. Wouldn’t it be great to find that the opposite was true? Don’t get me wrong. The more you save, the better. A big nest egg is likely to make you feel happy …View Article

Rewards Cards: Which One Is Best?

My good friend Mike Albano recently asked me which credit card rewards program was the best. I didn’t have a good answer…and perhaps that’s because there isn’t one. Nevertheless, I challenged him to do some homework and report back. His clear and insightful analysis on the best rewards cards follows below…with minor editing from the …View Article

Money Tips: Teach Your Children About Money

I thought Thanksgiving week was the perfect time to update this article on teaching kids and grandkids about money. There are few topics where your insights will be more valuable. All parents pray that their children and grandchildren will never have to worry about where their next meals will come from, or work in a …View Article

New Retirement Plan Contribution Limits for 2020

The IRA contribution limits are remain at $6,000 for folks who are under age 50 and $7,000 for those 50 and above. Many other retirement plan contribution limits are being increased in 2020. Let’s have a quick review of the different retirement savings plans, and provide insights on some of the frequently asked questions about …View Article

Never Argue About Money: 7 Tips

Money is a hot button issue in many relationships. It’s common for spouses to have different spending and savings priorities. This often leads to conflict since these financial decisions affect so many aspects of a couple’s lives. Usually, one spouse is more focused on the present and places a higher priority on using money to …View Article

Worried About the Stock Market?

It’s hard to believe the stock market was hitting new highs just five weeks ago. October (2018) was a rough month and I know some people are getting nervous based on questions or comments I’ve heard from friends, neighbors, and clients. One person asked me whether they should proceed with buying a house in light …View Article