Chasing more money

Chasing More Money

When we believe more is the answer, it can impact us in unforeseen ways.

Humans just want more. We want more happiness…more money, more success, more time, more vacations, more life. Aspiration does seem to be a healthy thing. As humans, we seem to value growth and progress. However, money represents many different things to different people. When it comes to money, needing more, wanting more and having more can be complicated. The danger in the pursuit of money is that you risk falling into a rabbit hole – where you find yourself navigating a seemingly endless confusion of paths and choices, and where it is so easy to lose your way.

Should Financial Planning

Financial Planning & the Tyranny of “I Should”

Recently when the subject of financial planning came up, a woman said to me, “I really should do that.” I was staring at my computer one afternoon, thinking about the pervasive effect of the phrase “I should . . .” on our daily lives. It almost doesn’t matter what follows those words, “I should . …

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data breaches

Data Breaches & Closing the Barn Door: Protecting Your Personal Information

With all the data breaches that have occurred over the last couple of years it is hard to know when to actually ‘do something’ about protecting our credit. Having read a fair amount about the Equifax data breach issue over the last couple weeks I’m still somewhat skeptical of the level of protection we can …

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Love & Money

Love and Money: Proceed With Caution

If you wanted to leave some money to your children, how would you split it between them? You could come up with numbers based upon their likely need for help. Or you could simply divide it equally…after all you love them all, well…equally. Equal distribution is probably the most common way of dividing assets. Yet, …

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money

Money Can’t Buy Happiness

People tend to embrace this statement “money can’t buy happiness.” It sounds true: surely only shallow, materialistic people would insist that money could buy happiness. To utter the thought aloud is almost like a declaration that we aren’t materialistic (and hopefully not shallow!) Scientists have long been perplexed about how to measure such a thing …

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Retirement success

The 3 P’s of Retirement Success: Plan, Prioritize, Persist

Retirement success means something different to each of us. Some people see themselves working in retirement because that’s what they’ve always done. Others are afraid to stop working for fear of running out of money. Some people just want to feel secure when they stop working and know they’ll have sufficient money to live.  Since …

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Pay off mortgage or save

Paying Off the Mortgage or Saving For Retirement?

The idea of paying off the mortgage – usually our largest single debt – has an iconic and seemingly straightforward appeal. But is it really the best financial strategy? The relative benefits of paying off a mortgage versus saving for retirement can be complicated. To answer the question it is important to consider your individual …

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