Market Commentary: 9-30-2011

Another vicious week of volatility…  I am not sure if it is worse that the market is swimming in uncertainty or that it appears the market is waiting for a catalyst to send it up or down.  When scanning the world it is hard to see where the good news will come from that will [...]

October 2nd, 2011|

7 Disturbing Life Insurance Facts

Do you currently have a life insurance policy?  As a fee-only planner, I don't sell insurance.  However, I have met very few people who don't need a policy.  As we begin Life Insurance Awareness month, I want share with you seven disturbing statistics about life insurance ownership in the U.S.emergencycash 1.     U.S. households are at [...]

September 7th, 2011|

What’s the DEAL with Trader Joe’s?

My wife and I have been shopping almost exclusively at Trader Joe’s since they opened2 locations in Kansas City.  If you read my blog often, you know that we are deal seekers.  However, we’ve also been looking at what our family eats lately in regards to the deals we’re getting.  In other words, healthy, non-processed [...]

August 10th, 2011|

Top 3 Financial Pitfalls

I started my firm because I wanted to spend my days making and saving money for other people.  I believe that those two aspects of financial planning are the key to what I do.  For this reason, I just cringe when I analyze a potential client’s financial situation and discover that they are unnecessarily losing [...]

August 10th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 7/22/2011

Global markets got a burst of energy this past week from the prospects of relief to the extreme stress in Europe.  It is likely we will see some agreement from our fearful leaders on the debt ceiling debate in the very near future, which will likely be greeted with some short-term market upturn.  I believe any [...]

July 25th, 2011|

Be Debt Free

My wife often says, “I love a little hardship; I’d recommend it to anyone!”  She doesn’t say this with blind optimism - she has experienced living meagerly (after living well for most of her life), and believes (as I do) that we are better people and that we have a stronger marriage because of all [...]

July 12th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 7/8/2011

Have you been to a playground recently?  See-saw’s are less common than ever and have given way to more complex playground equipment, but I think the image of an old-fashioned see-saw will help you visualize my point in this week’s market commentary.  The first see-saw I’d like you to imagine is this: When stock prices [...]

July 11th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 6/24/11

This past week saw a return to market selling with a significant slide at the end of the week.  Even though we broke the consecutive weeks of market losses the previous week with a minimal gain, we are back at market weakness.  As I have said, the markets are going to have to come down [...]

June 27th, 2011|

Financial Tips for Parents of College Grads

A new wave of college graduates were introduced to the “real world” last month.  The good news is that according to the National Association of College and Employers, employers are expecting to hire 19% more recent college graduates this year than last.  The bad news is that college graduates come out of college with an [...]

June 13th, 2011|

Coupon Bug: A Financial Planner Analyzes His Wife’s Habit

As food and gas prices rise, store packaging contains lesser product than before, and television shows like “Extreme Couponing” on TLC pop up, many families have jumped on the coupon-clipping bandwagon.  My own wife became interested in clipping coupons and following associated blogs/deal websites several months ago.  We were thrilled with the savings (and still [...]

June 13th, 2011|