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Lessons from Grandma’s EE Savings Bond Gift

Lessons from Grandma’s EE Savings Bond Gift

My family has an unusual tradition–my grandfather self-built two houses–one completed in 1957 and another in 1996. Yes, he built them, hammer-swinging and all, with family help. My father has also done the same–first completing construction in 1986, and then again...
12 Essential Questions to Ask a Financial Advisor

12 Essential Questions to Ask a Financial Advisor

1) Do you act as a fiduciary? By being a fiduciary, an advisor acts in your best interest 100% of the time. It’s important because if not, they might be recommending something that’s just “suitable” for you, so they can earn higher commissions or incentives. JSA...
INVESTING: HOW TO GET LOUSY RESULTS

INVESTING: HOW TO GET LOUSY RESULTS

At the risk of not listening to our wonderful founding father, Allen Jacobson, who advises to always accentuate the positive, this might come off as a negative piece. I’m just going to state that now, so it’s out of the way. Our goal here is really to help make GOOD...
Do You Own Productive Assets?

Do You Own Productive Assets?

When investing, it’s essential to understand if what you’re buying is a productive asset. What does that mean? Well, these assets produce profits or cash, which you can spend or reinvest. We could analyze any given collection; dolls, glassware, coins, stamps, travel...
Do U.S. Politics Affect My Portfolio?

Do U.S. Politics Affect My Portfolio?

The most common question we hear from clients these days is some version of the emotionally charged question, “do politics affect my portfolio?” It’s no surprise that everyone is wondering who will win and what changes will occur with the election around the corner....
Why It’s Important to Stay Invested

Why It’s Important to Stay Invested

Sticking to your financial plan and staying invested is essential, especially during tough times. Sometimes our best role is to help “coach” when those times come. A key in playing that role is that we stress-test your financial plans to provide confidence that it’s...