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May 24, 2019

Money skills are 21st century survival skills.

“Money skills are 21st century survival skills.” – Dick Wagner In the last few decades we’ve replaced money with the basic skills that kept our forbearers alive. Not long-ago people needed the skills to build their own shelters, grow and raise their own food, dig wells for fresh water and pits for waste, chop and split wood for heating and cooking fuel and make their own clothes. Today most of us buy or rent our shelter, buy food, pay to have fresh water piped into our homes and wastewater piped out, use money for electricity and gas to heat our homes and cook our meals and buy our clothes. We have replaced craft skills with money skills for our survival. What are some of the money […]
June 20, 2018

How to make change easier

How to Make Change Easier Have you ever joined a gym to get in shape and then found you weren’t using it? Have you started a diet to lose weight and found yourself abandoning the effort? If you said “no” to both of these questions, you are among a small minority of people. We have all started down a road of change, sometimes life transforming change, and found ourselves giving up and going back to our old habits. We do this despite our best intentions and most determined resolutions. Let’s face it, change is hard and the bigger the change the harder it is. However, there are ways to make change easier. The key is to use our rational thinking to create small wins for our […]
March 27, 2018

Recent Market Volatility

Recent Market Volatility After a period of relative calm in the markets, in recent days the increase in volatility in the stock market has resulted in renewed anxiety for many investors. From February 1–5, the US market (as measured by the Russell 3000 Index) fell almost 6%, resulting in many investors wondering what the future holds and if they should make changes to their portfolios.1 While it may be difficult to remain calm during a substantial market decline, it is important to remember that volatility is a normal part of investing. Additionally, for long-term investors, reacting emotionally to volatile markets may be more detrimental to portfolio performance than the drawdown itself. INTRA-YEAR DECLINES Exhibit 1 shows calendar year returns for the US stock market since 1979, […]
March 26, 2018

The Power of Appreciation in Money & Life

The Power of Appreciation in Money & Life In the world of personal finance, “appreciation” has two important components: In the quantitative realm, appreciation refers to the increasing value of financial assets. In the qualitative realm, appreciation refers to feelings of gratitude for one’s financial resources and circumstances. Of course, both elements are extremely important, but it is actually the more qualitative “appreciative mindset” that is the best predictor of both increasing wealth and personal well-being in your life. In The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life, Lynne Twist teaches that appreciative thinking is the opposite of scarcity thinking: “When your attention is on what’s lacking and scarce—in your life, in your work, in your family, in your town—then that becomes what […]
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Financial Satisfaction Survey


Directions: The statements below will help you to think about and assess how satisfied you are with many aspects of your financial life. Indicate your level of satisfaction for each statement with stars.
(1 star = "Not Satisfied", 3 stars = "Moderately Satisfied", 5 stars = "Very Satisfied")

I am satisfied with...

1. ...with my ability to meet my financial obligations

2. ...with the income my current job or career provides me.

3. ...with my spending habits.

4. ...with the level of debt I carry.

5. ...with the “extras” that I am able to buy for myself and/or loved ones.

6. ...with the level and quality of insurance protection I currently have.

7. ...with the amount of money that I save and invest on a regular basis.

8. ...with my current investment choices.

9. ...that I am on track to build a sufficient retirement nest egg.

10. ...with the level of employee benefits I receive.

11. ...with my style of personal bookkeeping and financial record management.

12. ...with my ability to provide financial help to family members.

13. ...with my estate plan.

14. ...with my level of charitable giving.

15. ...with the level of financial education I have attained.

16. ...with how I respond emotionally to my personal finance issues.

17. ...with my ability to communicate about my financial matters.

18. ...with the feelings I have about my money life.

19. ...that financial issues do not cause stress or strain in the relationships that are important to me.

20. ...with the working relationships I have with my financial service providers (i.e., insurance agent, banker, broker, financial planner, accountant).

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Life Transition Survey


Directions: In each section, select the transitions that you are currently experiencing and those you are likely to experience in the future. In addition, check transitions in the short to mid-term and long-term columns that you either hope to experience or anticipate with concern.

Work Life Transitions

1. Change in career path:

2. New Job:

3. Promotion

4. Job loss

5. Job restructure

6. Education / retraining

7. Sell or close business

8. Transfer family business

9. Gain a business partner:

10. Lose a business partner:

11. Downshift / simplify work life

12. Sabbatical / leave of absence

13. Start or purchase a business

14. Retire:

15. Phase into retirement

16. Other

Financial Life Transitions

1. Purchase a home:

2. Sell a home:

3. Relocate:

4. Purchase a vacation home / timeshare:

5. Re-evaluate investment philosophy:

6. Experience investment gain:

7. Experience investment loss:

8. Debt concerns:

9. Consider investment opportunity:

10. Receive inheritance or financial windfall:

11. Sell assets:

12. Other:

Family Life Transitions

1. Change in marital status (marriage):

2. Change in marital status (divorce):

3. Change in marital status (widowhood):

4. Expecting or adopting a child:

5. Hire child care:

6. Child entering adolescence:

7. Child with special needs:

8. Child w/pre-college expenses:

9. Child going to college:

10. Child getting married:

11. Empty nest:

12. Family special event (Bat/Bar Mitzvah, anniversary party, trip):

13. Helping and/or gifting grandchildren

14. Concern about aging parent

15. Concern about health of spouse/partner or child:

Legacy Life Transitions

1. Increase charitable giving:

2. Give special financial gifts to children/grandchildren:

3. Give parental pension (monthly stipend):

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