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 […]

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 […]

Mistakes All 25-Year-Olds Must Avoid

A few weeks ago, I met with a couple of clients of mine that I have worked with for a number of years now. I will call them Bob and June. Bob and June have been a pleasure to work with and are two of the most vigilant folks I know. As we were finishing […]

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” […]

What Is Your Inflation Rate?

  A very nice couple came to our office a week or so ago; let’s call them John and Sally. They are self-proclaimed “faithful” Cutter Family Finance readers who are looking for help. John and Sally are from Franklin, but have summered in Falmouth for 30-plus years. They are planning to retire here in the […]

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 […]

Watching The Tax Proposal Duel Unfold

When Susan Roman and I sit down with folks to help them design their retirement system, we usually discuss whether it makes sense to use investment vehicles that result in growth or income on which taxes are paid currently, or whether we kick the can down the street and pay taxes later. A question we […]

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 […]

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. […]