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Perceived vs. Calculated Risk: It Could Make All the Difference

What I hope to highlight here is the fact that we should be using calculated risk to do an analysis of our investments over time. However, most of the time, people let their perceived risk of investments drive their decision making. That perceived risk is really not a calculation of legitimate data, it is based around FEAR and subjective outlooks which influence your decision-making processes. Let’s quickly break down what I am referring to here.

The Basics of Credit Scores and Credit Reports

As consumers, we know that having a good credit score is important. Whether you are applying for a loan or signing up for a credit card, your credit score plays a major role in determining if you will be approved. Your credit score can also have a significant impact on loan terms and borrowing costs.

What is a credit score?

When you borrow money from a lender or sign a contract pledging to make payments, the other party needs to assess how likely it is that you will fulfill your obligations. Your credit score is a measure of risk that helps lenders quantify this likelihood in real time.

Buyer Beware: Tips for Safe Online Shopping

Looking for power tools? A vintage Chanel purse? A living-room sofa? Millions of shoppers are bypassing brick-and-mortar stores, as well as their respective websites, in favor of purchasing such items from individual online sellers. For many people, sites like Craigslist and eBay offer a chance to save on everyday items and luxury products, both new and used—all from the comfort of their own homes.

Is Your W-4 Withholding Accurate?

We all know that federal income taxes are withheld from our paychecks. But are you aware of the degree of control you have over how much is withheld? Here, we’ll discuss the importance of having an accurate W-4 holding, including how recent changes to the tax code present a unique situation for taxpayers in 2018.

Is Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Eroding Your Wealth?

Most of us are aware of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs with physiological and safety needs being at the foundation of what most human beings are most concerned with in their lives. Unfortunately, most of the time these needs are at odds with what the best financial decisions might be. Opportunity cost is the first area where, as financial advisors, we are asked to help clients navigate the best financial decision even though it might not feel the best at the present time. 

Lignum Lessons - Practice Patience When Growing Your Investments

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago” – Warren Buffet

Sometimes it is difficult to look back in life and wonder how you got there. Working with our clients through retirement has taught us many lessons, cone more important than to have a plan, put care into that plan and let time work.

Retirement Income Planning: The Total Return Approach Vs. the Bucket Approach

Most working Americans have only one source of steady income before they retire: their jobs. When you retire, however, your income will likely come from a number of sources, such as retirement accounts, social security benefits, pensions, and part-time work. When deciding how to manage your various assets to ensure a steady retirement income stream, there are two main strategies to consider: the total return approach and the investment pool—or bucket—approach.

401(k)s, IRAs and Indirect Rollovers…Timing Is Everything

When you leave a job, you have several options for dealing with the funds in your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement account. One option is an indirect rollover. With this method, you receive a distribution check from your employer and then have 60 days to deposit the funds into an IRA or your new employer’s plan.

Is Your Income Protected?

Given today’s economy, it’s fair to say that we are all more concerned about our financial situation than we have been in the past. Even if we are among the lucky few who have not been directly impacted by the downturn, our awareness of the need to save and plan ahead has been heightened, and everyone, it seems, is looking for ways to economize.

A Month by Month Financial Checklist You Can Handle

For many people, checking off items on a long list of to-dos brings a great sense of satisfaction. To help you keep moving toward your goals, we’ve created a month-by-month checklist of some key financial tasks to consider all year long. You might even find that you’ve completed some of these items already!