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Debt and Taxes

Debt and Taxes

In our glee at discovering how easy it is to buy things we cannot afford, we tend to overlook a workable strategy for incorporating debt into our financial behavior. When we are young and employed, we can support debt to buy a house, buy a car, or grow a business....
Pool

Pool

”Pool. It starts with ‘P’ which rhymes with ’T’ that stands for Trouble, right here in River City…” is Professor Harold Hill’s trumped-up but thought-provoking claim in The Music Man. Imagine all 16 billiard balls lying across the surface of a pool table, scattered by...
Election Jitters

Election Jitters

What to do, what to do.. Should I liquidate my portfolio before election day? What will be the impact on the world’s markets of some pretty wild anticipated and actual outcomes? Can the markets behave as badly as some of the candidates? I don’t think so… especially...
Good Fit

Good Fit

As any shopper knows, stores offer different brands that serve similar purposes but in different ways. Which item we choose depends, ultimately, upon which one makes us feel it will be a “good fit.” While financial advisors do not come in different geometric shapes...
Stay Sharp

Stay Sharp

The industrial revolution has stamped our brains with a mechanical metaphor for the arc of our lives: work until we wear out or become obsolete, then retire, and then die. On the bright side, my electric hair clippers with the self-sharpening blades are still going...
Pace

Pace

Our internal metronomes resonate within the higher frequencies of global communications, technological innovation, faster sales “turnover,” daily commuting, and a never-ending series of chores we must finish before sundown. The pace robs us of our chance to reflect...
Harmony

Harmony

The only two items in clear focus on the photo above are the conductor and the score. With those in place there can be harmony among the nine performers. In this particular scene the original music was written 330 years ago; a good composition lasts across generations...
Standard Deviation

Standard Deviation

One of England’s grand houses that served as a hospice for wounded troops in the Great War has an oak-paneled library where one of the panels is speckled with small holes drilled by stray darts hurled wide of a dartboard. The statistical chance of hitting the bullseye...
Bridges

Bridges

“We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it,” sounds like an excuse not to make a plan, especially when we can now obtain a FasTrak toll tag before setting out on a trip. Before bridges we had to go with the flow of a river or a canal to connect events in our lives....
Goals

Goals

If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you have arrived? The trip could be over when you run out of fuel… or when your money runs out. It might last longer and be more fun if you were to do more planning before you leave. There are basic...
It Depends

It Depends

In this increasingly complex life we are living, more and more answers to mature people’s important questions tend to start with, “It depends…” Our year-old family trust directs the surviving spouse to make an appointment with an estate attorney, because which one...
Keeping Score

Keeping Score

How many times do you glance at the scoreboard during a game? We do rely on it to assure ourselves our team is really winning… or losing. We do the same with our investments. There are several ways to score investment performance, from simple to sophisticated. Here’s...

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