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July 14, 2016 | Brad Sherman


Going the ETF Route? What You Should Know

CNBC recently published a story on the growing popularity of exchange-traded funds, or ETFs. According to the article, 81% of advisors surveyed said they used or recommended ETFs to their clients in 2015. We have been advocating ETFs as a secure, flexible investment for our clients since the days when they weren’t as popular. Here’s […]

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July 6, 2016 | Brad Sherman

Do You Need to Change Your Financial Advisor?

In his song “Real Friends” musician Kanye West raps, “Real friends. It’s not many of us. We smile at each other. But how many honest? Trust issues.” West wonders whether those around him are there because they really have his best interests at heart, or if they only care about him for his money. Given […]

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July 5, 2016 | Brad Sherman

4 Healthy Financial Habits to Develop Now

Our habits play a crucial role in our ability to meet our goals and become who we want to be. Bad habits — whether it’s biting our nails, overeating, smoking or something else — create roadblocks on the path to becoming our best selves. And it’s no different when it comes to our finances. Bad […]

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June 22, 2016 | Brad Sherman

John Oliver Retirement

4 Things You Can Learn From John Oliver About Retirement Planning

On his HBO show Last Week Tonight, comedian John Oliver recently turned the national spotlight on the wealth management and retirement planning industry. In light of a new Department of Labor rule requiring all financial advisors to act as fiduciaries for retirement accounts, in which we strongly believe, Oliver skewered the opaque tendencies of brokers […]

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May 26, 2016 | Brad Sherman

Investor Biases

8 Common Investor Biases That Impact Investment Decisions

One of the biggest challenges to our own success can be our own instinctive behavioral biases. In previously discussing behavioral finance, we focused on four common personality types of investors. Now let’s focus on the common behavioral biases that affect our investment decisions. The concept of behavioral finance helps us recognize our natural biases that […]

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May 18, 2016 | Brad Sherman


Which Investor Personality Best Describes You?

According to many studies, our different personality traits and preferences, along with a range of emotional and mental behavioral biases, have a strong impact on the way we invest. This is commonly referred to as behavioral finance. As part of a two-part series on Behavioral Finance, we will start by exploring the different personality types […]

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April 29, 2016 | Brad Sherman

personal finance

Personal Finance – Why Didn’t I Learn That?

I recently returned from a reunion weekend with some of my college buddies. We caught up on wives, kids, work and all the other important parts of our lives. One thing struck me about the conversations, no matter whether I was speaking with liberal arts majors or those who studied corporate finance: While we all […]

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April 18, 2016 | Brad Sherman


6 Questions to Ask A Financial Advisor (VIDEO)

Finding a financial advisor who is right for you is an important process. A good financial advisor is there to prevent you from making decisions that would have a negative, unintended impact on you. Who wouldn’t love to have a financial coach to keep you on track to achieve your financial goals? Just like with […]

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April 15, 2016 | Brad Sherman

Why Stock Picking is a Losing Investment Strategy

Picking a stock that goes up 100% in a year is exhilarating. But there’s a problem with this method of investing. Like gambling in Vegas, it may be fun and even rewarding in the short term. Yet in the end, just as the house always wins, picking stocks is a losing game. I talk to friends […]

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April 14, 2016 | Brad Sherman

Is Your Retirement Advisor a Fiduciary?

Do you want a financial professional who is opposed to financial transparency managing your money? The upcoming and long anticipated proposed rules by the Department of Labor (“DOL”) exposes that very debate, as it seeks to eliminate the ability of financial advisors to profit by selling retirement account products to investors without being held to […]

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