Keeping Your Finances Secure During Natural Disasters

Natural disasters may not just threaten lives and property but can have a profound effect on finances too. Find out what you need to do to protect your finances during storms and other events.

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

Planning for long-term care in your retirement can help preserve your wealth not just to make your own golden years easier but also to secure your legacy.

Traits of Financial Success You Can Understand

I love using comparisons to simplify and explain difficult life concepts. My kids, at this point, hate them. In our house, my kids refer to them as “life lessons.” Life lessons, in the Cutter household, always start something like this, “Well, you know, Phoebe, it’s kind of like…” and that’s usually as far as I […]

Financial Opportunities For Military Families

My son, Max, is going into his junior year of high school. Since he has started thinking about college, we have had many conversations about career choices. We have talked about the pros and cons of different jobs, including the salary potential. I would love to tell my kids to just “do what they love”—but […]

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 […]

Money—A Finite Resource

I was not the best student in high school, academically. However, I was one of those kids that was well liked who always had a good time. I went to a Catholic school and I remember all the nuns telling me that I had a “spark” in my eye. Of course, that would always be […]

Measure Twice, Cut Once

There’s an old adage in the construction world: measure twice, cut once. Otherwise, pipe connections leak, electrical connections fail and houses fall. Now, I don’t consider myself a handy man by any stretch of the imagination but I do know my way around some common power tools. And although Jill would rather have me “outsource” […]

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 […]

What’s Your Kid’s Probability Of Success?

Recently, I arrived at the moment in my life that all parents dread: my oldest daughter, Maeve, brought home math homework that surpassed my abilities. Even though I feel like I have a leg up on most parents because I do math every day for my job, I knew I was in trouble once they […]

Looking Beyond The Fiduciary Stamp Of Approval

The much-anticipated event has finally arrived: the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Standard Rule hit the financial industry on June 9. Cutter Family Finance readers already know that this rule imposes the fiduciary standard across the entire financial services industry when dealing with any type of retirement account. All of those financial professionals who were not […]