Category Archives: Investing

We’re “Official.” Now What?

Dear Alicia, We’re getting married soon and are wondering if there are any particular financial steps we should take once we’re “official?” -Ned and Nancy the Newlyweds Congrats Ned and Nancy! Getting married is an exciting and hectic time. Here are the financial steps you should be taking once you are “official.” Goals Start by discussing your financial goals now and in the future. Do you want to buy a home, start planning for a baby, or create an emergencyRead More

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Ask Linda: Pre-tax versus Post-tax savings

Dear Linda, Should I save to my pre-tax 401k at work or my Roth IRA? I cannot fully fund both. Sincerely, Super Saver Dear Super Saver, To determine which account you should save to, calculate your tax rate today versus your projected rate in retirement. In general, Roth contributions are made with after-tax dollars and distributed tax-free. The 401k is the opposite – contributions are made with pre-tax dollars and distributions are taxed at ordinary income rates. If you areRead More

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How to Recognize a Ponzi Scheme

A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment. The organizers of the scheme do not invest your money in something with intrinsic value. Instead, they pay you a “return” with the contributions of new investors. Ponzi schemes received their name in the 1920’s after Charles Ponzi was convicted of running this type of business. Despite all the knowledge we have of previous Ponzi schemes, they continue to defraud people from all walks of life. We are even seeing a new waveRead More

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Ask Linda: Is it safe to have all of my money at one Brokerage firm?

Dear Linda, I remember being told that I shouldn’t keep more than $250,000 at one bank since that is the FDIC insurance limit. What about my money at a brokerage institution, such as Schwab, Vanguard, or Fidelity? Should I spread my money out across brokerage firms as well? Curious Carl Dear Curious Carl, Protecting your money in the bank versus your money in a brokerage firm requires two separate approaches. Let me explain the process for both. How to protectRead More

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Impact Investing: Creating a Strategy

Impact investing offers similar, if not better, returns than traditional investing with the added benefit of creating positive social and environmental change. That being said, creating an impact investment strategy does not have to be a major shift from what you are already doing. We recommend a top-down, holistic approach to impact investing versus divesting from companies or industries in an ad hoc manner, which can lead to underperformance. At a minimum, it can mean the inclusion of environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings in theRead More

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Impact Investing: The Myths

Impact investing opportunities continue to grow with one of every five dollars being invested sustainably as of 2016. Regardless, there are myths about impact investing that continue to persist, despite evidence to the contrary. For our second post in a series on impact investing, we debunk these common myths. Myth: My investment return will suffer if I implement an impact investing strategy. Deutsche Asset Management and the University of Hamburg aggregated the findings of over 2,000 studies in 2016. AroundRead More

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