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September – A Great Time to Organize Your Finances

I always loved the beginning of the new school year.  It is a time to start new….new clothes, new sneakers, new books and new classes.  If you have children, then you know that the push is on to get everyone settled for the new school year. It seems to be more of a beginning than […]

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New York Jets fans and stock market investors

A recent conversation with a die-hard New York Jets football fan was similar to conversations that I have with  stock market investors.  Most New York Jets fans (due to the team’s tough and heartbreaking seasons of the past) are conditioned to protect themselves emotionally by always looking at everything the Jets do negatively.  Many stock […]

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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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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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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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Forced to be Patient – maybe a cure for investors!

Maureen and I were lucky enough to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary in the island nation of Jamaica.  It was our first visit to the tropical island and we enjoyed the beautiful landscape and friendly Jamaicans. One of the excursions that we enjoyed was visiting the Mayfield Falls which requires a treacherous drive up a mountain. Thankfully […]

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The Value of Advice – DFA Video

I have always been fascinated by the concept of fingerprints and the fact that no two human fingerprints are the same.  Even identical twins have different imprints.  This gives validity to the fact that we are different and have different needs and wants.  There are differences – sometimes subtle – and other times not so subtle. […]

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Managing the 3 Major Financial Risks

To be successful at anything, one must be able to evaluate the risks that one will encounter.  As the New York Jets entered the draft and explored off-season free agent additions this year, they are aware of the risk that they have with an unsigned and aging starting quarterback (QB).   This Jet fan was glad that the coaches have […]

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Stopping Future Mistakes – Running to Third Base

I coached Little League softball for young girls for a little over a decade in Allendale, NJ.  I can still remember little Susie when she was nine years old and began playing softball for the first time.  She was nervous and the uniform was always a little too big on her. She would roll up […]

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