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Tracking Error: When Good Returns Aren’t So Good
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2014 has been a strong market year and appears to be wrapping up with a full head of steam heading into 2015.  I think it’s safe to say most investors…

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“All the Noise, Noise, Noise, Noise!”
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As part of last month’s holiday’s traditions, perhaps you caught the Grinch’s annual TV appearance. The green Seuss creation with the undersized heart had no tolerance for the “noise, noise,…

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6 Financial Planning Tips For Gen Y
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The future is not necessarily bright for Generation Y. This group of young adults (also known as Millenials) has been challenged with financial obstacles most of their parents never faced.…

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A Money and Business Quiz
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I am confident with everything we have taught our longtime clients that they will ace this little quiz. Then again, I only got about half right myself. (Answers et end.)…

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9 Hilarious (And Scary) Movie Quotes About Money and Investing
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A look at money and greed in the movies, amusing to those of us who keep a safe distance from the world of selling financial products. 1) “There are three…

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Going Bankrupt In 6 Easy Lessons
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The world of pop culture is predictably cyclical. Newly minted celebrities rise to fame overnight, while last week’s tabloid darling faces the lonely plunge into anonymity. But the cycle often…

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7 Ways Scam Artists Prey On The Elderly
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Despite increased public awareness, there is no shortage of opportunities for thieves and con artists to prey on the elderly, to the tune of $3 billion in reported crime a…

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9 Points of Wisdom on Capital Markets
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So capital markets have been sailing along pretty smoothly for a while now. Not a lot of volatility, just a steady upward trend.  In the investing world, that’s about as…

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4 Questions (And Answers) About Social Security
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Few financial issues are as sensitive these days as social security, particularly the threat of lost benefits to current or future retirees. Listen to various politicians and “pundits” and you…

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Your “To Don’t” List – 5 Poor Investment Choices
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A recent insightful article I read in Morningstar Advisor – yes, you read that right. Morningstar offered something insightful – got me thinking back to all of the various investment…

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