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 […]







Solving The Money Problems In Your Marriage

One of the toughest parts of Susan’s and my job is to help a family through divorce. With divorce, money is often a big issue. Who gets what, when and for how long. Divorce causes money disagreements; that’s obvious, but what’s less obvious is that disagreements over money can cause divorce.   I came across […]







What Returns Should We Expect?

They say that hindsight is 20/20, but in the financial industry, hindsight only gets you so far. And unfortunately, we do not know what the future will bring. Sure, back testing strategies, looking at historic trends, studying forecasting models and understanding leading economic indicators can help give us some guidance, but nothing and no one […]







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 […]







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 […]







College Isn’t Paying Off For Everyone

College is an experience that’s different for everyone. Some students focus on their future and spend their nights and weekends at the library. Others join a fraternity or sorority and explore the more social aspect of college life. Others play a sport and spend most of their time in the gym. And then there are […]







Is Your College Planning Strategy Appropriate?

As a seasoned financial advisor, I will be the first to admit that the general public has a significant amount of mistrust with the financial services industry. I attribute it to the lack of transparency by the bigwigs in the industry and the fact that certain advisors are only held to a suitability standard of […]







The Journey Of Your Tax Refund

Once again, we find ourselves approaching tax time. That time when we are either excited to get back some of our hard-earned money, or disappointed to see that we owe even more than we’ve already paid. As we do our taxes, most of us have our eye on that one number, either the amount we […]







Trust As Beneficiary Of An IRA? Let’s Take A Look.

Last week, a very nice man from Orleans came to see me; let’s call him David. David is 72 and has been married to his wife, Judy, for 52 years. They have three children and seven grandchildren. David took a class that Susan and I teach at Cape Cod Community College on building retirement systems […]







To Be Or Not To Be A Fiduciary?

If you are a loyal Cutter Family Finance reader, you have heard me harp about many things over our years together, but I think the most common topic I have covered over the last year or so has been the Department of Labor’s (DOL) landmark ruling, scheduled to become effective on April 10 this year. […]