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Dan Crimmins, co-founder of Crimmins Wealth Management, is a financial coach and financial planner. Have a financial question? ASK DAN
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Last Year’s Stock Market Winner

The large publicly owned U.S. companies earned 1st place among the asset classes with excellent returns for 2014, as indicated by the S&P 500 index.  The S&P index tracks the largest U.S. companies traded on the New York Stock Exchange. The index rose 11.39% for the year, and the total return with reinvested dividends was […]

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Using the Treadmill to Financial Success

Our central philosophy on investing is that the most important determinant of one’s lifetime investment returns is one’s own behavior.  However, when most people hear that I am a retirement income planner or financial planner, they begin to discuss how the current markets are doing or ask my opinion on a particular stock or mutual […]

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Retirement, Risk and Return

If investors could take no risk and still maintain the lifestyle in retirement, why wouldn’t all investors just invest in T-Bills?   David Booth, CEO of Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA) That is because investors understand the risk of purchasing power. The Risk of Purchasing Power deals with the declining value that money has – or […]

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collective knowledge of stock market participants are similar to everyone guessing how many jelly beans are in the jar.

How Are Stock Prices Determined?

  This is a video post created by our partner Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA). As a NJ DFA advisor, we are strong believers in the DFA investment philosophy and wrote about the reasons in this post:   In this 2-1/2 minute video, DFA explains how security prices are set—and change—based on the collective knowledge of buyers […]

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U.S. Moving to Energy Independence: Benefits to Stock Investors

One of the key missions of this financial blog is to highlight the tremendous news regarding our exciting futures due to the constant innovations all around us.  We believe this is a useful counterweight to the daily drumbeat of bad economic news that fills the airwaves: the aggregate U.S. debt passing $18 trillion, stubborn unemployment, […]

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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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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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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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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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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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