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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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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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#4 in the Top 20 National Advisor Blogs

“A little recognition goes a long way.” We started writing this financial blog in 2012 with the hopes to educate and entertain the readers on financial issues and how they pertain to everyday life.  When we first began, we were certain that we were writing for a few family and friends (or so it seemed).  […]

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Say Something Nice!

If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all                                                             From the movie  Bambi Growing up this phrase was repeated many times, at home, in the […]

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