Thoughts From the Finance Factory

Client Tales From the Crypt

In honor of Halloween and my memories from watching HBO’s Tales From the Crypt as a kid, I thought I might share some former client mistakes that I have witnessed over the last 14 years and even share a couple of my own. These are hypothetical situations based on real life examples. The case studies are for informational purposes only and not intended as specific advice. Some details have been changed to protect the identity of individuals and all of their names are made up.


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Episode 2: Attack of the PCs

Not really but I needed a catchy title in the vein of my Star Wars inspired homage.

In Episode 1, we looked at the fascinating, so called, “robo-advisors” and defined what they are. To build on onto what was laid out last time, we are going to look at what they do and who might benefit from such a construct.


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Financial Lessons of the Real Housewives

I have a confession to make. Please don’t judge me when I say this but the Real Housewives on Bravo are my guilty TV pleasure. I know it is mindless and inane but I think that is why I find them interesting. You have tons of manufactured drama, intrigue, suspense, sadness, and financial misdeeds and mismanagement. Yet, even as I watch shows like the Real Housewives on Bravo, I am continually amazed at how many people (especially faux celebrities) get bad or no advice when it comes to finance, taxes, and investing. And so, some highlights and lessons, yes even lessons from faux celebrities.


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The Other Guarantee

Everyone knows the expression of the only guarantees in life is death and taxes: While we can’t do anything to change the tax code we can make plans to help reduce the financial impact that your death has on your loved ones, business partners, and vendors.


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Episode 1: The Rise of the Algorithms

There has been a lot of discussion recently about so called robo-advisors like Wealthfront and Betterment. But what is a robo-advisor, really? Are there any real benefits from such, and is such a construct even legal? I am going to write several pieces looking at this issue in more detail but I wanted to hit on a few points in this piece.


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That Dreaded Topic

What would happen to your family if you were hit by the proverbial bus today? What would happen to your finances? Your home? Your children’s education? Your favorite charitable organization? I know it is morbid to think about, but the world is riskier than ever, which is why risk management is one of my favorite topics to discuss with clients.


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Who Are You Listening To?

On August 26, 2014 the S&P 500 closed about 2000 for the first time at 2000.02. We have now seen 28 new all-time high days on the S&P 500 in 2014. Whether the markets are going up or down, there are voices in the markets calling for it to go down.


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