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Charitable Giving

I have been an avid sportsman all my life. I have a hard time explaining to others, or even to myself why I enjoy the pursuit of wild game. It must be partly the tradition and history of the act itself, and partly the memories of my dad and me in...

The Balance of Risk and Reward for Your Business

Recently, I visited with an investment banker on the phone who, years prior, had transacted a large business sale in my neck of the woods. He asked if I knew the family, and I said, "Yup, they just cleared Chapter 13 personal bankruptcy". Silence...

Our Success Lies Within Our Ability to Stand Out

Being Different Makes a Difference St. James Park was swarming with people as we made our way on foot toward Buckingham Palace. We had been ducking and darting the growing crowd, our tour guide leading the way, when suddenly we came upon a wall...

How Uncle Adrian Saved Christmas

  When I was a young child, my great-uncle would arrive at our house with my grandparents just before Christmas. Most years, he would bunk up with me. My room was down a long hall from the living room, past the entryway and my sister’s room....

I Hate The Term "Retirement"

I hate the word “retirement” even more as I get older and closer to it myself. Why do I hate it? The word itself does not even remotely sound like fun at all. Retire comes from Middle French retirer (“draw back”) or withdraw. Therefore,...

Beware of the Advising World's Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

When I first decided to start my own Registered Investment Adviser (RIA) firm, my longtime peer and friend responded incredulously, “You’re going to walk away from all of your trail commissions? Are you crazy?” Maybe I was crazy, but I was about...

Set and Drift

In my pre-adolescent years, I had access to a small private lake on a property my parents owned with several other families. I always wanted to be out on that lake, but the outboard engines, gas tanks, and batteries associated with power were too...

Death and Taxes are Certain, but Maybe not Probate

Traditionally, when you die, your heirs have to go through a legal process of distributing your assets called probate. You are said to have died intestate if you die without a will. When this happens, a judge has to approve everything, and all of...

Loan Forgiveness

By now, most of you have heard about the Student Loan Relief Plan announced by the Biden administration. There are varying opinions on the announcement, but from my experience, for many, loans encourage poor decision-making when we don’t have to...

Thoughts on Things on Thursday | 02.10.2022

Human creativity is the secret ingredient of capitalism. Entrepreneurs and companies create new products, ideas, and ways of getting things done for the future with the knowledge and capital they have in the present. This process creates wealth...

Investing in a Complex Market

Today’s post was inspired by the excellent book: Team of Teams, by Gen. McChrystal Modern destroyers use gas turbine engines for propulsion and electrical power. As a young junior officer, I was required to learn all about these marvelous...

Mental Health Matters

This week’s Thoughts on Things Thursday come with a heavy heart, but I can only hope they will help someone if they are struggling.  We lost two clients this week. One lived fully to an old age and died peacefully; the other tragically chose to...

Retirement Impacts Your Life

Have you ever thought about how the tips, tricks, and insights you share with others can have a lasting impact?  The sound advice you share with people can drastically change their lives even though it may seem so simple to you. We recently had a...

Economic Overview Q1 2022: Inflation

Rob’s Thoughts on Inflation: For my entire 30-year professional career, inflation has never been a factor. I have endured five bear markets, yet the peril of high inflation has not been a consideration for my clients ever until this year....

Are You a Top Priority?

Clients First As large service corporations become more efficient and tech-forward, it creates opportunities for those of us who build personal relationships with our clients.  When we bring on a new client, the first step is to help them...

Thoughts On Things | 3.24.22

Do You Have a Transition Plan? Tom Brady UnretiredFor over 20 years, we’ve watched one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to exist compete at the highest level. In February, Tom Brady retired. Six weeks later, Brady unretired and headed back to...

Thoughts On Things | 3.10.22

  How will you respond to uncertainty? Impossible to Predict, Possible to PlanPeople are unpredictable, and therefore the future is unpredictable. In Christian terms, we call it free will, and it means we believe that God grants us the ability to...

Thoughts On Things | 02.24.22

Inflation is running at 7.5%. What’s your move? Inflation is hitting historic levels meaning this is the kind of stuff you tell your grandchildren about someday. Even depreciating assets, like your car, boat, or RV, have appreciated over the last...

Thoughts on Things on Thursday | 01.27.2022

In our recent semi-annual reviews with clients, it has become almost routine for us to look at portfolio returns together and say, “That looks great!” Well, last week was not so great. The market corrected, and there was nowhere to hide. Didn’t...