Roots of Wealth

Welcome to Roots of Wealth!

Welcome to the Roots of Wealth Blog!  We are New Jersey based fee-only independent Financial Advisors.   We started this financial planning blog to help people concentrate on the things that matter and the things that they can control.  The most important thing one can control is his or her own behavior.  We will help […]

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Beware of Bad Behaviors that can Hurt your Financial Life

Maureen wrote an article for the Fall Edition of the new Bergen County (NJ) magazine Autumn Years asking Will Your Money Last as Long as You Do and now I have written one for the Winter edition.  My article deals with the major determinant of investor success – their own behavior. To drive this point home even further, a funny […]

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Socially Conscious Screening

Socially responsible investing considers both financial return and social good. Many investors object to various businesses activities, and there are money managers and funds that let them invest according to their consciences. But just how do they go about screening out objectionable things? This investing strategy has early roots in this country and dates back to 1758, […]

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Belling the Cat – Using research to time the markets

Sometimes even the best of ideas are only good in theory because they are impossible to implement in practice.  This holds true to the financial world as well. Academic financial research generates hundreds of research papers each year highlighting potential ways for investors to get a possible insight on the direction of the stock market.  Many […]

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Sundays and Retirement

I was fortunate to begin my professional career working at MetLife in New York City.  The ability to secure a job after graduation was not easy and I was thrilled to be able to go into the city and begin my career. Now I won’t lie, I had visions of Mary Tyler Moore with a fashionable […]

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Spending Too Much? You’re Not Alone

There is a show on television called “Extreme Couponing” with the concept that if you clip coupons you can save an extreme amount of money.  When I say extreme, I mean almost free.  Most of the “couponers” have shelves full of food and groceries in the garage or pantry with savings amounting to thousands of […]

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Try Donor Advised Funds instead of a Private Foundation

It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it   Albert Einstein If this is your belief and you have contemplated starting a private foundation to be able to control how the money is spent, then this post will hopefully expose you […]

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Happy Thanksgiving 2014

Growing up in the tri-state area is beneficial for many reasons and one in particular is the ability to attend the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.  The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been around for over eighty years and I have been fortunate to have attended several times in my life. This year’s […]

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6 Keys to Investor Success – Now and Forever

I have season tickets to the New York Jets. Yes I know, a less than stellar year. But this post is not about the patience that is required to be both an investor as well as a Jet fan, but rather deals with the pregame entertainment that goes on at the beginning of every Jet home […]

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5 Things to Help Detect an IRS Scam Phone Call

The phones rings and regardless of what you are doing, you are compelled to answer it. In the last few weeks, the calls have primarily been election calls which have been extremely annoying. However, it could be worse. There have been more incidents of aggressive telephone scams where the caller claims to be from the […]

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Guidance for Students (& Everyone)

In the 1970s and 80s, Borden, Inc. was a $5 billion conglomerate with headquarters in New York City. Eugene (Gene) Sullivan, a great friend to my parents and my family, served as Chairman, and Joe Saggese, was a close colleague. (Joe Saggese’s son, Ken, is a longtime close friend of Maureen and me). While Gene was Chairman of […]

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