The United States is facing a reckoning when it comes to who has historically benefitted from privilege, and who hasn’t. Our country has enacted racist policies that made it more difficult, if not impossible, for Black Americans, other Americans of color, and immigrants to succeed. The financial planning industry has not been historically kind to minorities and women. Clients have been … [Read more...] about Financial Planning Is for Everyone: How to Work With Diverse Clients
Many millennials were either just starting our careers or still in school in 2008, and now we’re older, with more complicated lives and the additional bank accounts to match. Many of us have kids and mortgages now, or small businesses with employees we’ve had to lay off — or both. Once again, we’re faced with a truly scary time. We’re afraid for our health and the wellbeing of the people we love. … [Read more...] about What Does Market Volatility Mean for Your Investments?
You daydream about quitting your job if you won the lottery. The truth is, for most people, accumulating wealth takes time. Getting rich slowly isn’t what most people talk about, but it’s the real path to wealth. It’s not sexy or exciting — it’s pretty much like watching paint dry. Very few people develop an app they sell for millions of dollars, or make a fortune flipping houses. Most … [Read more...] about Wealth Doesn’t Happen Overnight — Here’s How to Get Rich Slowly
I frequently recommend Roth IRAs to my clients as part of their retirement savings strategy. Because you contribute after-tax income, millennials who are still establishing their careers (and therefore are in a lower tax bracket) can lock in a lower tax rate on contributions now, and then pay no taxes when withdrawing money in retirement — even if you’re in a higher tax bracket. You … [Read more...] about What Happens to My Roth IRA When My Income Increases?
I regularly assign my clients money-related homework assignments, and I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s hard to deal with your money. I struggle, too! (That’s why I hire a financial planner myself.) I also try to help my clients knock out a few tasks during their meetings so they feel accomplished after our calls. Even when you know it’ll only take a few minutes, or that it’s a smart move, … [Read more...] about Ways People Put Off Actually Dealing With Their Money
Holiday donation drives are in full force, and you may be considering how to allocate any spare amount of money you can give toward causes you care about. I often discuss charitable giving with clients, because believe it or not, it’s an important part of an overall financial plan. If you want to read more about one of my favorite charities, you can check out this article from Financial … [Read more...] about How to Make a Plan for Your Charitable Giving