Do I Need Long-Term Care? It is Not That Simple

As many of you Cutter Family Finance readers know, I am celebrating my 50th birthday this year. In fact, I am celebrating it this week, although Jill and the others in the office say I have been celebrating for a month. Since I am taking a little bit of time off, I decided to revisit […]







Riding The Social Security Merry-Go-Round

By the time you read this article, I will be recovering from shoulder surgery. I’d like to tell you that I hurt myself doing something exciting or interesting like doing an Iron Man competition, or maybe hurting it while making the final push up to the summit of Mt. Everest. Nope, not me. Unfortunately, my […]







It’s Not Just Your Kids Who Need Help

We have written a few articles recently about parents trying to help their children become financially responsible adults. We’ve talked about young kids, high school-age kids, even young adults. And although many parents are vigilant about their kids’ financial future simply because they love them and want them to be successful, deep down we all […]







Teaching Our Youth The Value Of Saving

Over the years, Jeff Cutter and I have covered many topics in this column that we feel are important to our youth, including the benefit of saving money, the value of creating a budget, managing risk, and the importance of creating a financial system. But last summer, we had to encourage our own children to […]







Roth IRAs—Is Your Income Really Too High?

I had a nice couple—let’s call them John and Sarah, both in their early 40s—come in to my office to discuss how to develop a sound retirement system. Sarah is self-employed and owns a small business here in town, while John is employed by a mortgage company in Taunton. They have two kids: Tommy who […]







Should You Spend Money? Keep Perspective

I’ve spent a lot time over our four years together, writing this column, talking about saving for the future. I have covered topics such as budgeting, stashing money away for an emergency fund, contributing to retirement plans, investment strategies and the importance of downside risk management, estate planning, ensuring we have enough money to retire, […]







Why Borrowing From A 401(k) Might Not Be The Best Idea

Last week, I taught a class at the Plymouth campus of Cape Cod Community College with Gerry, another advisor in our Plymouth office. This class has become quite popular. It is specifically designed to help students prepare for a sound retirement by teaching them how to build a solid retirement system. Cutter Family Finance readers […]







Bringing Peace Of Mind To Your Future Health Care

When I was a little boy, my mother used to joke about wearing a “little black pill” around her neck when she got older, so that when she couldn’t care for herself any longer, she could take the pill and slip away peacefully into the night. She would always say to my brother, sister and […]







Knowing, And Then Reaching, Your Target Number

Over school vacation, all the Cutters went to Naples, Florida, to see Jill’s folks. Naples is definitely a retirement community. After observing and participating in all the golf, sunshine, exercise and happy hours, I came to the conclusion that a successful retirement is kind of like being in college . . . but with money. […]







Household CEOs—Pay Yourself Regularly!

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of an organization is a corporate officer primarily responsible for managing the financial risks of a corporation. This officer’s duties also include financial planning and record-keeping, as well as financial reporting to higher management. Often times, the CFO is also responsible for the analysis of financial data. In other words, […]