Spooky Finance: 5 Real (Bad) Personal Finance Tips We Hear Too Often

Well, Halloween is upon us, and while the fact it’s already the end of October is somewhat frightening on its own, we think it’s a perfect time to revisit some of the advice we’ve heard over the years that still haunt people to this day. 1    You should borrow money from your 401(k) plan, …

The Importance of Understanding Inflation

You might have heard the saying, “A dollar today is worth more than a dollar in the future.” This is a popular quote regarding the time value of money. It illustrates the idea that a dollar in the future will not be able to buy the same value of goods and services as it does …

A Word from the Investment Department: Coronavirus Considerations

Back in March, when COVID-19 was causing a quick and severe correction in the stock market, we wrote a post outlining some of the advice we were giving our clients at that time. This advice included ideas such as not panicking, remembering long-term goals, and being proactive rather than reactive. These ideas coincide with how …

Mortgage Rates are Low – Should You Refinance?

Interest rates have dropped significantly since the beginning of year. As a result, homeowners have increasingly become interested in refinancing their mortgage. If you are a homeowner thinking of refinancing, there are various factors you should consider when evaluating whether this makes sense for your situation. First and foremost, ask yourself: How long do I …

6 Ways to Be Financially Productive During Quarantine

If you had asked me a couple months ago what my plans were for the month of April, my response probably would have included things like travelling, going to concerts, and visiting friends and family. As you might imagine, I am unfortunately doing exactly zero of those things (in person, anyway), thanks to the global …

Highlights of the Historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

In an effort to mitigate the effects the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is having on Americans in every sector of the economy, the federal government signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27, 2020. While this historic bill approves a $2 trillion emergency stimulus package aimed at providing broad …

The Coronavirus Has Infected the Stock Market…Now What?

With the coronavirus now spreading across over 100 countries, it is clear the effects from the virus are widespread and significant. In attempts to mitigate these effects, entire countries have implemented quarantines, multinational corporations have instituted “work from home” protocols in various cities across the globe, and people everywhere have started to accumulating various dry …

Is Your Financial Advisor a Fiduciary?

By Adam Oerther, CFP® After writing my last blog post about lessons to be learned from the Great Recession, I realized I missed the opportunity to shed light on a fascinating trend currently going on in the financial advisory industry—the shift toward fiduciary advice and investment management. This trend gained national attention back in 2016 …

How Do People Get “Rich”?

by Adam Oerther, CFP® While the definition of “rich” is different for everyone, just about all lifestyles require money. Being able to sustain these lifestyles without having a recurring income (i.e. a salary), particularly during your retirement years, requires an accumulation of resources from which you can fund the activities you need and want to …

What is Bitcoin? Should I Invest?

by Adam Oerther, CFP® If you watch or read the news on an even semi-regular basis, chances are you have come across the term Bitcoin at least once or twice. Considering the price of Bitcoin has skyrocketed this year, with the year-to-date return at over 1000% as of December 8th, it’s no wonder the mass …