Monthly Insights


“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” — Earl Nightingalea, American radio speaker & author Heuristics are mental shortcuts, derived from previous experiences, that let us make decisions quickly and efficiently. They may have literally saved humankind from extinction.  If our ancestors were in danger, heuristics let them quickly decide between fight,...

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“We really can’t forecast all that well, and yet we pretend that we can, but we really can’t.” –Alan Greenspan, Former Chair of the Federal Reserve of the United States “Weather forecast for tonight: dark.” –George Carlin, American comedian Imagine yourself at the beginning of the year. You have knowledge that within weeks a novel virus will emerge that will shut down much of the global economy. Businesses will...

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“The pace of recovery looks like it has slowed.” —Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, July 29, 2020 Last month’s Monthly Insight spoke briefly to our strategic general principals about the markets and investing. That short introduction was followed by a review of the first six months of 2020. One of the key takeaways from the mid-year review was the sheer unknowability of the short- to intermediate-term market moves...

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By Kim Spencer, CFP®, CDFA® I’ve been helping women as a financial advisor for over 30 years. In that time I’ve noticed that many women lack confidence in managing their finances. Though this problem has many causes, there are steps women can take to help gain more confidence and better manage their money.  There is a fundamental difference in how women and men approach money. Often, women have too many goals at the same time and...

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“The intelligent investor is a realist who sells to optimists and buys from pessimists.” — Benjamin Graham, British-born American economist, professor and investor Before we talk about the economy, the markets, COVID-19 pandemic, or economic inequality, we would like to review with you our general principles for helping you reach your most cherished financial goals and objectives. We believe all enduring, successful investing is...

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By Lee Sherbakoff, CPA/PFS, CFP®, RICP® Days of golfing, checking travel destinations off your bucket list, spending more time with the kids and grandkids, investing in a hobby…are these your retirement dreams? Most of us have at least a general idea of what we want retirement to look like, but before you get caught up in your plans, complete these 10 things within 10 years of retirement to help you finish your working years stronger...

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