What the SEC’s “Advice Rule” Means For You

The SEC is proposing an “advice rule” now that a court has vacated the Department of Labor’s uniform fiduciary standard proposal. What does that mean for investors like you?

Fiduciary Ruling Not Out Of The Woods Yet

Changes to the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule has long-ranging effects for investors and their advisors. Find out how to make sure you’re protected by understanding these important new rules.

Financial Fitness For 2017 And Beyond

Ahhh . . . New Year’s. It’s that fateful time when we all vow to take control of our bad habits. It is the time each year when we sit, ponder, and reflect on the wrongs in our lives and take action to fix them. For most of us, our resolutions focus on two things: […]

Seriously, What Is Your Best Interest?

Susan Roman and I have written a couple of articles that mention a recently promulgated rule from the Department of Labor. That rule imposes a fiduciary standard on all advisors who are getting paid to provide investment guidance on retirement accounts (401(k)s, IRAs, Roth IRAs, Simple IRAs, SEP IRAs, et cetera). For many folks this […]

Fees And Expenses; Just Not Adding Up

I am accustomed to seeing a variety of emotions from people when they first come to see me; confusion, urgency and fear, to name a few. In fact, over the years, I’ve gotten pretty good at recognizing and identifying how people are feeling before they even start talking to me. Heck, working with all women […]

How To Prepare For A Financial Appointment

When we go to the doctor, we know we will hear the same basic questions every time, “How old are you?” “Do you drink?” “Do you smoke?” “How much exercise do you get a week?” “Are you experiencing any pain?” Those questions, although simple, are critical to doctors. They use our answers to decide how […]

Meeting with a Financial Advisor: Be Prepared

When we go to the doctor, we are all used to hearing those basic questions that they start their check-ups with:  “Do you drink?… Do you smoke?… How much exercise do you get a week?… Are you experiencing any pain?”  Those questions, although simple, are critical to doctors.  They use those questions to establish a […]