The Relationship between Gold and Inflation

Historically, gold has been used as a hedge against inflation.  During the run up in to its peak price in 1980, gold was chasing the inflation rate as investors feared that their purchasing power was going to be destroyed by…

This Little Piggy Goes to the Market…

When we start working with a new client, one of the first steps is typically consolidating the number of accounts they have outstanding.  In our experience this makes your finances easier to manage by reducing the mental accounting that needs…

Am I Doing the Right Thing With My Investments?

HBO has a popular series they air in the fall called “Hard Knocks.” The aim of the program is to uncover the intricacies and nuances that make training camp in the NFL so fascinating.  They pull the curtain back and give…

How Did I Do Compared to the Average Investor?

Many illustrations of investment performance calculate the growth of a hypothetical investment from a given starting point. Typically there is a benchmark, such as the S&P 500 index, charted alongside for comparison purposes.  The models show that had you invested a…

Nervous about the Stock Market?

Feeling a little nervous about the recent drop in the market? You’re in good company as it’s perfectly normal in this type of environment.  In fact, we’d be surprised if the drop had not made you nervous as that is…

Time For A Financial Alignment

No one likes potholes. Not only because of the annoyance they create, but also the added cost of getting your car realigned as a result. Often times, you may not hit anything major but your steering wheel begins to shake…

Balancing Tax & Investment Decisions

While we emphasize the importance of annual tax planning, it’s also important to not let tax avoidance override your other financial goals.  Liz Davidson, of Forbes.com, wrote a nice piece describing how people lose money when they let tax issues…

Pushing the Pedal

On most days when people start their cars, they trust that by pressing the pedal, their car will run smoothly. They don’t have to think about the complicated mechanics of how the engine will power the car to their next…

Health Care Reform Scams

Watch out for scammers trying to take advantage of the current confusion on the new health care law.  They are banking on folks not knowing enough of the details in order to con them into buying bogus policies.  If you…

Checking Up on Your Budget

With the end of the first quarter of 2010 behind us, now is a great time to review your budget. When checking up on your budget, it is important to look over a specific amount of time for comparisons to…

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