5 Money Worries Every Boomer Woman Understands

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As a financial adviser, I hear firsthand what boomer women worry about. Of course, all women are not alike: We have unique lifestyles, careers and aspirations. Still, getting older seems to yield surprisingly similar financial worry-lists for us. Here is a list of the top five fears that my clients bring me, and some ideas […]

Corrections are Inevitable

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As you open your account statements and see your balance go up month after month you breath a sigh of relief. But, then your next thought is when will it end? It’s true that we are experiencing an unusually long bull market. At of the end of June, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has […]

Does a Career Move Also Mean a 401(k) Move?

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There’s no shame in having multiple 401(k) accounts — it’s an indication that you’ve been committed to saving for retirement for awhile — at least, long enough to have been through several employers. However, what may give you a justifiable twinge of guilt is ignoring them. If you are guilty as charged, you’re not alone. […]

Mothers, Daughters and Money

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My mom quit her blossoming career as a buyer at the Emporium in San Francisco to become a 1950’s-style housewife. As a dutiful Catholic wife, she gave birth to 6 healthy children and spent the next 16 years or so cooking, cleaning, and loving us all as only a mother can. My dad gave her […]

The Solo-K: Smart Retirement Planning for the Self-Employed

In 2001, the government gave self-employed workers a gift: a 401(k) plan that allows for greater amounts of tax-deferred income with less hassle to set up than any other retirement plan. The new plan, mostly called a Solo 401(k) or a Solo-k, beats traditional corporate 401(k)s in higher savings limits and in the ability to […]

What is Your Financial Trigger?

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There are a few times a year when the volume of calls to my office from people seeking financial advice goes way up. One of them is in January when New Year’s resolutions are top of mind and another is the 30 or so days leading up to the tax deadline in mid-April. The “January […]

Buying Your Own Home? Read This First

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It seems nothing can stop Americans from wanting to buy their own homes. It’s almost as if the credit crisis didn’t happen, even though not too long ago we were bombarded daily with stories about crashing prices, underwater mortgages and home foreclosures. It was an American nightmare, not the American Dream. But if you think […]

Real-life Financial Stories: Student Loan Debt

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I’d like to introduce Erin Fleming McCloskey. Erin is just starting her career as a financial planner. She passed the CFP examination on the first try which is something to be proud of as the pass rate is about 63.5%.  Lucky for me, Erin is a paraplanner with my firm, Curtis Financial Planning, LLC. Erin […]

Short List for your Finances 2014

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There are many actions you can take to improve your finances, and that’s sometimes the problem. I have compiled a short list of ideas that can make a real difference in your financial health. Copy and paste this short list into Evernote or other list-making software or  print it out and tape it to your […]

Interesting Financial Blogs – Really!

When I get an extra hour in a day, I like to go on-line and read my favorite financial blogs. Not only do they keep me up-to-date on business news, but I always learn something that I can use in my life or share with clients. I have a feeling that this pastime is not […]