Financial Lifestyles

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The stock market has been less than kind to investors these past few weeks. The Dow Jones has dropped 3.75% and the Nasdaq has fallen about 7%. Investors have reacted negatively to rising interest rates, mid-term elections, and a trade war.

When it comes to reaching your long-term financial goals,...

What Is a Mutual Fund?

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Several years ago, I met with a client who was retiring from his long-time employer. He wanted to purchase a basket of stocks for growth and income. We discussed mutual funds as an alternative to owning numerous stock positions. He wasn’t aware that mutual funds could own stocks. I informed him that...

Nebraska Football

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Nebraska Football has a storied history. It’s regarded as one of the best football programs of all time. Since 1890 they’ve won 893 games, more than all but four schools, and claimed five National Championships: 1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, and 1997. Three of their players have won the Heisman Trophy:...

Timeframes

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When my daughter was young we read The Monster at the End of This Book starring Grover from Sesame Street. He’s convinced there’s a monster lurking at the end of the story. He’s so sure of this that he pleads with the reader to not turn the pages. When the pages are turned he panics and freaks out,...

Are You Maximizing Your Giving?

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We are entering the giving season. It’s the time of year when churches and non-profits raise most of their funds because individuals wait until the last minute to give a donation. In other words, most people give from their last fruits, not their first fruits.

Money has a stronghold over people,...

Sound Familiar?

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From November 11, 1974 to November 20, 1974 the S&P 500 fell 9.6%. It dropped because of economic uncertainty and political unrest.

Let’s explore the major themes from 1974.

In August 1974 President Richard Milhous Nixon resigned. He was the first, and only, U.S. President to resign. His...

Did You Die Today?

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Few people like to ponder their mortality, but what if you didn’t make it home from work today? Is your estate set up to handle your passing? Is your family? If they walked into your home, would they be able to find your important documents? What would you leave behind? What are your final wishes? A...

Weeds

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This past weekend my church participated in a serving project at a local elementary school. The school has a garden they use to teach their students about nature. It has vegetables, fruits, and a natural habitat with native Texas plants and trees.

When we arrived at the school it looked like the...

Di-worse-i-fi-ca-tion?

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Diversification or concentration? To create wealth, concentrate; To preserve it, diversify. A concentrated portfolio can produce huge gains, if you own the right stocks. Of course, if you own the wrong ones, your wealth will be wiped out. Buying the right sector, at the right time, at the right...

Foundations

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A home built on rock can withstand countless storms.

Most people, I think, would agree building a home on solid ground makes sense. Today, if a home doesn’t have a solid foundation, like rock, a builder will fortify it with cement, rebar, steel, or some other material to make sure it stood for...

Life Sentence

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In Shawshank Redemption, Andy Dufresne was sentenced to life in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. He declared his innocence and spent hours digging a hole in his cell wall, so he could eventually escape. On a stormy night he finally escaped through the tunnel he dug to enjoy a life of freedom on...

The Mechanics of Moving Money

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For the past forty years or so, you’ve worked hard and, hopefully, saved a few dollars. While working, you probably contributed a portion of your pay to your 401(k), IRA, or investment accounts. Now what? Yesterday you were working, today you’re retired. It’s now time to enjoy the fruits of your...