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Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden

We Didn’t Start the Fire

Maureen and I were able to attend the on-going concert series with Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden in NYC with our friends.  Billy has been playing once a month at MSG for over a year and will continue to perform as long as the shows continue to sell-out.  It will probably be awhile if […]

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Investors and the Marshmallow Test

Have you heard of the marshmallow test given to small children? The test is used to determine children’s patience and the overall impact that patience may have on their lives.  How does that relate to us as investors?  Quite a bit – it turns out. The marshmallow test, as it was later referred, was conducted by a […]

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Between You and the Big Mistake

I remember when I was young and I loved school.  So much so that I would play school at home, pretending to have homework assignments, story time and of course recess.  I was quite fanatical about keeping all of my notebooks neat and organized.  I preferred writing with pencils because it you made a mistake, […]

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Working with Clients Focused on the Long Term

At Crimmins Wealth Management, we work with individuals to focus on their long-term goals by helping clarify what they are trying to achieve in their life.  This discussion covers the long term goals such as maintaining a lifestyle in retirement and possible legacy issues.  To drive home this message we thought what better way than with some humor. […]

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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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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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Gas car lines: US heading towards Energy Indepedence

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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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 Behavioral Biases and the Investment Implications

We have consistently written about the significant role people have on their own investment performance. I decided in this post to add a video to mix up the delivery, but not the message. The attached video is from our partner, Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA), and as we are a strong advocate for investing by capturing exposure to […]

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