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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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Superfunding Your 529 Plan – Maximize Your Savings for College

“Superfund” is the federal government’s program to clean up the nation’s uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. But superfunding a 529 plan isn’t about waste at all. Ironically, learning about superfunding will help your children to learn. 529 plans are very useful and flexible mechanisms for saving for college. They are state-operated investment accounts that let anyone […]

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Focus on what you can Control

Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention. Greg Anderson – American athlete and author That is a truism to life and investing: you need to focus on things that are important and the things that you can control.  This is just as hard to […]

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Having the Discipline and Patience of Olympics athletes

Our family is thoroughly enjoying watching the Olympics especially with the strong showing by the United States teams.  To watch all of these worldwide athletes perform at such high level is a thrill especially if you have ever attempted to play any of the sports that are competing this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  I […]

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The Future of Global Trade

The future of global trade is bright.  Another sign of the continuing growth of global trade appeared recently at a dock at the port of Bayonne, New Jersey.  On June 26, 2016, the long-awaited expansion of the Panama Canal was completed.  The expansion was necessary in order to accommodate so-called mega-ships.  These mega-ships are able to […]

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GDP Growth and Equity Returns

Recent headlines discuss “disappointing” gains in the U.S. GDP (Gross Domestic Product).  The Gross Domestic Product or GDP is a measure of all of the services and goods produced in a country over a specific period, classically a year.  The GDP had a limited gain in the 2nd quarter 2016 of 1.2%.  Many investors look […]

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Independent Objective Financial Advice

This is a video post where Weston Wellington a Vice President with Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA) discusses the value individuals receive from a financial advisor. He discusses how an advisor can be a source of independent advice helping to separate the emotions often associated with money from the decision-making.  Emotions often impact important decisions and […]

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Research Integrity: DFA Video

It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you do not care who gets the credit. Harry Truman Why is credit (the receiving of it) important? Even if it is your idea, would you rather be right, or get the idea implemented?  How much do you value your pride? Fortunately, at our investment partner Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA), the […]

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How Do I Determine If a Trust is Right for Me?

Is a Will sufficient for your estate, or should you consider a trust? Before addressing this question, let’s review trusts and what they do. A trust transfers the legal title to property to a trustee, who manages the assets of that trust during your lifetime (if it is a living trust) and distributes or manages […]

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Reason for Optimism: World Air Plane Traffic

This post is a video which highlights the tremendous growth that the global community has experienced and will continue to experience from modern air travel.  I am the first to complain about the TSA and the shoe removal process at airports, but from the aspect of global trade,  modern transportation has had and will continue to have […]

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Planning Your Financial Independence Day

As we celebrate our Great Country’s Birthday this weekend, I wanted to discuss how we can all plan for our own financial independence usings the following seven steps. 7 Key Steps to Financial Independence Most people say they plan for retirement, but they are really planning for financial independence. The day you achieve financial independence […]

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