What is Your Financial Trigger?

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 […]

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Buying Your Own Home? Read This First

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 […]

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Real-life Financial Stories: Student Loan Debt

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 […]

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Short List for your Finances 2014

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 […]

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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 […]

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A New Resource for your Financial Planning Education

This month I was honored to be asked to be part of the inaugural CNBC Digital Financial Advisor Council. The council was conceived by Jim Pavia, formerly editor of InvestmentNews and now digital editor at CNBC. Jim’s mission as a journalist is to educate the public about personal finance and the importance of long term […]

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The Truth About Diversification

Most investment advisors  (including me) believe that  building and maintaining a diversified portfolio is the most prudent way to invest clients’ money. Not only do numerous studies of asset class returns back this up, but no matter how smart and experienced the advisor is, it’s near impossible to predict with consistency which asset class will […]

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Buying A New Home? Some Common Misconceptions About Financing It

Due to a combination of low interest rates and improving household balance sheets, the housing market is heating up. For example, in the San  Francisco Bay Area, it isn’t uncommon for final sale prices  to end up to 25% over asking prices. Due to this competitive environment, it pays to understand home financing and not […]

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Emotionally Charged Money: Inheritance

You may be one of the many Baby Boomers or  Gen-Xers who have received an inheritance or will in the not too distant future. It has been documented that the wealth transfer from the “Greatest Generation” to their heirs  will total $14 trillion. If you’ll be receiving an inheritance, it pays to prepare yourself, as no money […]

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