It’s A New Year! Is It Time To Reevaluate Your Financial Plan?

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A new year is often a time for fresh starts, intentional planning, and renewed motivation to conquer goals and accomplish things that are important to you. And after the year we just had, a fresh start is just what we need. As you transition into 2021 and all this year will bring, use this time to take a look at your financial plan to make sure it’s still on track to get you to your goals, no matter how many obstacles life has thrown at you lately! Here’s how to get started.

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Improving Investor Behavior: Understanding inflation, the cancer of retirement planning (Part 1)

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This article originally appeared in the Denver Post, January 17th, 2021.

One of the greatest challenges to retirees and investors alike is inflation. Not only is this principle often forgotten, but rarely understood. So let’s discuss inflation: what it is, where it’s been, and where it might be going in the future. How can you as an investor combat inflation over long periods of time, helping to ensure that the purchasing power of your money remains unchanged for years to come?

Inflation is an economic phenomenon of price increases. Traditionally a result of increased raw material pricing (like steel or lumber), inflation also occurs when there is increased demand or less supply. Both roads lead in one direction: higher prices. We all experience inflation when we look at the cost of what we purchase over time. Compare what you paid for food, computers, prescriptions, or rent five years ago. It is an easy way to see inflation. Think about purchasing a car or a house 30 years ago versus today. Inflation is all around us.

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Improving Investor Behavior – Hindsight in 2020

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This article originally appeared in the Denver Post, December 20th, 2020.

They say hindsight is 20/20, and as we make the year 2020 hindsight, it’s a good time to reflect. What did we learn? What surprised us? How can we use our past to make our future bigger and better?

It was former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who said it’s the “unknown unknowns” that get you. Unlike a “known unknown,” something we expect but don’t quite know the outcome, an unknown unknown is something no one could have predicted. The election was a known unknown: somebody would get elected; we just weren’t sure who. The circumstances may have been unusual, but there was going to be an outcome that we could anticipate.

An unknown unknown is something like COVID-19: something that comes out of left field and creates uncertainty through its mere existence. We did not understand its nature, the impact, the contagiousness, how to treat it, who would be the most vulnerable, what the effect would be on our healthcare system or how people would react to it. Even ten months later, there is still much we don’t know. Read more

Why Do People Really Buy Gold And What Are The Alternatives?

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Warren Buffet once said, “Gold gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again, and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head.”[1] However, as the global pandemic impacts have wreaked havoc on financial markets, investors have started looking elsewhere to find safety. One of those areas is gold, which has traded at over $1,800 per ounce this year, the highest since 2011.[2] Maybe you or a Martian you know have considered investing in gold as well. So why do people buy gold? Even Warren Buffet, the man who famously stated the quote above, has invested in gold this year. Read on to learn why people buy gold and what other alternatives exist. Read more

Why I Became A Financial Advisor

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I think we’re all very well aware, especially after the chaos this year has brought, that life can change in an instant. And when it does, it’s the work you’ve done up to that point that helps you through the crisis and gives you a stable foundation for the future. No matter how much you wish you could rewind time and make different choices along the way, the only thing you can do is move forward and use your new knowledge to pave a new path. That’s exactly why I became a financial advisor. Read more

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Legacy – The Power of Time and Good Behavior

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This article originally appeared in the Denver Post, November 15, 2020.

Investing requires one belief above all others: that generally, the world will be a better place in the future than it is today. It’s a disposition that is often at odds with daily news, political banter, and sometimes our belief system. Yet as investors, we desire to be a part of something that grows over time and rewards those who participate.

This perspective drives a desire I often see among my multigenerational clientele – to leave a legacy. Read more

Improving Investor Behavior – Fear: Acknowledged and Avoided

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This article originally appeared in the Denver Post, October 25, 2020.

It’s that time of year again when pumpkins start appearing on porches and horror movies are on TV. Halloween is when we indulge in our fear each year. We welcome it into our homes, knowing the temporary fright is sure to pass and make way for turkey and family get-togethers. The human psyche is strange, isn’t it? We run from fear and avoid it most of the year, yet we seek it out on Halloween.

This year, though, feels a little different. For many, the fear is more than ghosts and ghouls, but the far more realistic fears are of viruses and politicians. These fears continue to haunt us, the uncertainty they create doing more to harm our long-term health and happiness than Frankenstein ever could.

What’s important to remember is that fear is an emotional reaction and one over which we have control. We can choose to either ignore and avoid it or welcome it into our homes and lives.

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What Are You Doing on November 4th?

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Election Day, Tuesday November 3rd, is only a week away. While 2020 has been historic, it seems that everyone has a dramatic expectation of what will happen in the investment markets, as if it will be the “next” big 2020 disruption.

This morning I scheduled an appointment with my dentist. While the office’s operations coordinator looked at the upcoming weeks, she asked me “What are you doing on Wednesday 11/4?” Obviously, she was inquiring about my availability, but given that I have been thinking about and discussing the elections and markets with regards to next week as often as I have, my first response was….”I’m going to take a deep breath and proceed with my regular Wednesday routine.” As you can imagine, she was a bit confused by my answer, and expected me to discuss times that I could make it in to the office. I apologized as I laughed with her, and explained that the response was automatic with regards to the election and the investment market conversations I had been having around the same time period.

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Your 7-Point Checklist For When Life Suddenly Changes

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Let me start with a story. I live in Denver, Colorado, with my husband, Brian, and our two beautiful daughters, Addie and Eden. One perfect day in Breckinridge, Colorado, we were doing what we love to do as a family—snow skiing at our favorite resort—when our lives suddenly changed forever.

We were skiing across the mountain when a sudden sharp pain in my head stopped me in my tracks. I skied over to my husband and told him my head really hurt. I bent over and held my head in my hands for 30 seconds. When I stood back up, I felt tingling at the base of my skull and shooting pain down my spine. I knew something was wrong.

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Your Comprehensive Financial Planning Guide For Women

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Over half of the wealth in the U.S. is controlled by women.[1] You are probably reading this because you are one of those women. Finances can be intimidating, so I have dedicated my career to helping women like you gain the confidence to take control of your finances. This financial planning guide is designed to EMPOWER you to take control and achieve your dreams.

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