before your next trip

Unusual To-Do’s Before Your Next Trip

Guest Post By Shreya Lay — Estate Planning Attorney I had been accepted to speak at a conference in Norway.  Last minute (awfully routed) ticket – check; connecting with friends of friends for a free place to stay (and some local guides) – check; conference sign-up and presentation – check, check! Bergen is beautiful.  April[…]

financial checklist for newlyweds

Financial Checklist for Newlyweds

Of the many exciting and potentially stressful items on the to-do list prior to or after getting married, is to organize joint finances. Hopefully, conversations around finances have already been had prior to getting married so that each spouse has a good idea of the other’s financial situation. Having these conversations are extremely important because[…]

How to Articulate and Prioritize Financial Goals

When people initially reach out to myself or other financial planners, it’s typically centered around particular financial questions, goals, or issue they need help with at that particular point in time. Other times, it’s a combination of all these things, as their situation has become too complex for it to be worth their time and[…]

ways to increase cash flow

5 Ways to Increase Your Personal Cash Flow

Our personal cash flow is the underlying tool we use to achieve our financial goals. A salary or some form of compensation for performing a job is typically the most common form of personal cash flow. On a monthly basis, we decide what to do with our cash flow and how it’s allocated ultimately determines[…]

tracking your net worth

Why Tracking Your Net Worth Is Important

Our personal balance sheets can tell us a lot about our current financial standing. It’s simple, assets minus liabilities equals net worth. Over time, the goal is to pay down liabilities, increase assets, and in turn increase net worth. If you’re sticking to a strategy that essentially sticks to this basic concept, you’re more likely[…]

benefits of working with a financial advisor

The Intangible Benefits of Working With A Financial Advisor

Prior to entering the financial services industry, I had this notion that financial advisors provided their value purely as stock pickers. That their job was to help their clients “outperform” the market by helping them to select the best-performing stocks. As my experience grew in the industry and as the industry has continued to evolve[…]

end of year financial checklist

2018 End of Year Financial Checklist

This article will discuss 2018 year-end financial planning techniques that can be utilized before ringing in the new year. Taking the time to cross them off your to-do list will ensure you start 2019 off on the right foot! I hope you find my end of year financial checklist helpful! 1. Tax-Loss Harvest Tax-loss harvesting[…]

employee benefits enrollment

Money Moves During Employee Benefits Enrollment

Great employee benefit packages can entice employees to remain at their employers or encourage new hires to come aboard. The problem is, these benefits are oftentimes overlooked during the enrollment period every year. Large benefits such as ESPP (employee stock purchase plans), life and disability insurance or access to an HSA (health savings account) may[…]

single income family

How to Protect Against a Loss of Income for a Single Income Family

It’s not uncommon for families to have one individual provide the majority if not all the income for the lifestyle expenses of the family. Obviously, this poses an inherent risk in the case that the individual who is the primary breadwinner is relied upon to provide the income to support the family. What if that income[…]

hacks to upgrading your finances

6 Hacks to Upgrading Your Finances

I put together a list of ideas that aren’t necessarily the commonly preached methods to better managing your money. We all know we should save, invest, and spend within our means, but the steps to doing so aren’t always so clear-cut. My hope is these 6 hacks to upgrading your finances will help you understand[…]

steps to financial success in your 30's

Steps to Financial Success in Your 30’s

If you’ve laid the foundation for financial success in your 20’s, your 30’s should be a breeze right? Well, many things may have changed since your 20’s, you may have gotten married, settled down, had kids, and bought a home. These major lifestyle changes bring with it many new financial obligations and decisions to be[…]