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Why Vampires Are Wealthy

 July 21 2017     Anna Pfaehler
One summer in high school I spent my lazy free-time reading vampire novels by Bram Stoker and Anne Rice. Years later I would read works by Charlaine Harris and, I am embarrassed to say, Stephanie Meyer. While I would not say I am a vampire fanatic, I find it an entertaining genre. I was therefore a bit too excited when a client said “that’s why vampires are so rich!” when discuss...

Spanning the Spousal Gap

 July 5 2017     Anna Pfaehler
My first day on my first job out of college, a colleague told me that if a certain client’s wife called to be very careful about what I told her because she wasn’t privy to all of their financial information. I have come to see this, for one reason or another, as very common.  There is no judgement in my office, even if I’d bristle at being an out-of-the loop as a spouse. I...

Student Loan Success

 June 19 2017     Anna Pfaehler
When I repaid my student loans, Navient asked me to share my success story. My success had little to do with me and everything to do with parents who did not let me go too deep into debt in the first place.  I realize that is of no use to those buried in debt looking for a way out. However, I do believe it is good advice for those helping children navigate paying for college. If student ...

May Market Review

 June 13 2017     Matt Woebkenberg
Markets in the month of May were positive around the globe with stocks and bonds overseas outperforming US markets. The advances came in a month where economic data was mixed and political headlines became numerous. The NASDAQ 100  was once again the standout in the US as the tech-heavy index reached another all-time high. An impressive run in technology stocks amidst somewhat elevated valuations ...

Investing for Cat People

 June 12 2017     Matt Woebkenberg
Factor investing has become very popular in the financial world.  It is basically rules based investing where trades are determined entirely by pre-determined factors.  For example, some value funds will buy if the P/E (Price to Earnings Ratio) drops below a certain point and sell once it rises above a certain point.  One Bloomberg columnist recently took this concept and did what the internet doe...

Friday Financial Terms: Mortgage-Backed Security (MBS)

 June 9 2017     Matt Woebkenberg
Mortgage-Backed Securities got a lot of publicity/blame in the housing crisis because they enabled the bubble to grow much larger than it otherwise would have.  It is interesting, however, to remember that they came to exist as a simple solution to a consistent problem.  While it is easy to blame the proliferation of the Mortgage-Backed Security for the financial crisis, I would rather use this bl...

Delayed Gratification

 June 8 2017     Matt Woebkenberg
Apologies to our regular readers for missing a few days of posts.  But have no fear...I'm going to make it look like I did that on purpose!  Today we are going to talk about delayed gratification.  Our regular readers who waited out the painful days with no posts exhibited a great tolerance for delayed gratification.  These readers will have better lives than those who couldn't handle the wait and...

Changes to Asset Allocation

 June 6 2017     Matt Woebkenberg
Diversification is great.  Everyone knows that.  Diversification acts as a stabilizer in your investment portfolio.  When some asset classes are suffering, others outperform.  This prevents dramatic declines in the value of your portfolio.  One of the first steps to investing is to set up a diversified strategic asset allocation that you believe will help you achieve your goals over the long run. ...

Business Succession Planning or Lack Thereof

 June 5 2017     Anna Pfaehler
I spent nearly a decade working in a sleepy suburb of New York City. The local diner was a go-to for many a work lunch outing. In standard diner fashion, the menu was huge. It had over 40 salads, we counted once. Often there was decision paralysis when ordering lunch – do I want the one with brie and grapes or should I go for the classic Greek? Luckily, the stakes were low and if you had lun...

Friday Financial Terms: Behavioral Finance

 June 2 2017     Matt Woebkenberg
Much of traditional finance is built on the assumption that people are rational.  For simple academic finance to be correct, all financial market participants must act rationally in their transactions.  This does not happen.  Investors routinely act irrationally, and when that happens, that presents an opportunity for savvy investors to profit.  This extra profit opportunity in excess of the marke...
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