Roots of Wealth

Welcome to Roots of Wealth!

We are here to help ease your retirement worries and allow you to focus on the things that matter to you.  We all tend to worry about different things in life. Whether it is about health, work, family or a relationship, taking the worry out of life seems impossible. Planning for your retirement should not […]

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Advisors as Money Detectives

A financial advisor’s job is like a detective’s. We probe to see whether your financial assumptions are correct. We want to find the truth beneath the assumptions and document clutter. Sometimes, our digging uncovers dangerous imbalances in your financial picture. Once we discover these errors, we can help correct them. Here are two examples of […]

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The Lucky Couch

The news can be difficult to watch but occasionally you come across a story that reinforces the good qualities in people that make you smile. Just recently a bunch of college students picked up a couch at the local Salvation Army store.  They noticed that the couch was a bit bumpy in one area and were […]

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Doing Well and Doing Good?

Growing interest in the impact of fossil fuels on the global climate may spark questions about whether individuals can integrate their values around sustainability with their investment goals and, if so, how. As global citizens, individuals can express their political preferences around sustainability through the ballot box. As investors, they also can express their preferences […]

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Happy Graduation….and Wear Sunscreen!

It’s graduation season and with the college graduations, come the speeches.  Some will be good.  Some will be bad.  And some others will be remembered for a long time. One such graduation speech was actually written – not given- in the Chicago Tribune by columnist Mary Schmich in June 1997. It was an exercise in […]

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Investing Like a Bee

What can a hive teach us about playing the market? Plenty, if you know where to look for industriousness, dedication and a clear message delivery. First, I hate bees. I’m highly allergic and after a life-threatening sting sent me to the hospital, I have endured shots for the past eight years to insure that I […]

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What the 1940 Census Reveals about Rising Costs

I recently wrote a piece describing how I had taken one of DNA test to confirm my Irish heritage.  You can read that blog post here:  Irish confirmed. In that piece I described how after taking the test and getting my results that I was contacted by a distant cousin who gave me my Crimmins […]

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Happy Mom’s Day!

One of the most significant days of the year occurs the second Sunday of May.  That day of course is Mother’s Day. Being a mother is how many of us identify ourselves and this lifelong role has been the most important to me. Not only in raising my daughters from babies to adults, but as […]

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Highs and Lows and How to React

The smoother things go, the more you take things for granted.  It seems that if things were always positive, you might not realize that you need to take a moment and appreciate what you have. When one of my daughters were in the fifth grade, she was having one of those years where everything seemed […]

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“Mr. Irrelevant” Companies

The 2018 National Football League (NFL) Draft will be held this weekend from April 26th to 28th.  The NFL draft is where NFL franchises select newly eligible players.  Each team selects in reverse order of how their team performed the year before with the worst team selecting first.  There are 32 teams in the league and there are […]

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Mind Over Model

Checking the weather? Guess what—you’re using a model. While models can be useful for gaining insights that can help us make good decisions, they are inherently incomplete simplifications of reality. In investing, factor models have been a frequent topic of discussion. Lately , they are often marketed as smart beta strategies.  These products are based […]

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