Category: Financial Planning

  • Bonds Are Back

    Bonds Are Back

    Bonds have not been a thing for a minute now. They have been boring for my entire financial career, offering negligible returns. A quick Google search for “bonds” will bring results for James and Barry, not the $46 trillion fixed-income market. When bringing up bonds in meetings with clients and prospects the past few months […]

  • Best Short-Term Investments Right Now

    Best Short-Term Investments Right Now

    It’s no secret that the Federal Reserve has rapidly increased interest rates in 2022. While those rapid increases have killed investor sentiment in the stock market, they have made short-term investments appealing again. Short-term investments can vary significantly in length, quality, and restrictions, and this guide will help you sort through them. What are short-term […]

  • 26 Ways to Use Your FSA

    26 Ways to Use Your FSA

    What is a flexible spending account, or FSA? As the year winds down and open enrollment begins, it’s a great time to look at your flexible spending account. FSA stands for flexible spending account. It allows you to use pre-tax money (saving you on taxable income) for healthcare. You choose the amount you wish to […]

  • Financial Planning and Advice for Millennials

    Financial Planning and Advice for Millennials

    Building wealth in your 20s and 30s looks different. The traditional financial service industry targets the retirement market, as that is typically the height of wealth for most families. Financial advisors usually attempt to get their investments and charge a percentage or sell annuities that generate commission-based and ongoing fees. Either way, financial services focus […]

  • Emergency Fun(d)

    Emergency Fun(d)

    What is an emergency fund? An emergency fund is a reserve of savings used expressly for unplanned expenses or financial distress. Whether medical bills or a car repair, an emergency fund is a cushion that absorbs those unexpected expenses. Ideally, an emergency fund will keep you from raiding your retirement savings or, worse, taking on […]

  • Why You Should Use an Independent Financial Advisor

    Why You Should Use an Independent Financial Advisor

    There are a lot of financial advisors out there. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the United States has approximately 263,000 personal financial advisors. There are 3,330 St. Louis financial advisors, according to U.S. News. St. Louis has a lot of financial advisors and financial planners for a city of its size. For a St. […]

  • How Much To Save for College

    How Much To Save for College

    It’s no secret that college is expensive, and college education costs have only accelerated over the past decade. The staggering cost of college and its acceleration will be a significant challenge for millennial parents to meet. Parents want to know first: “How much do I need to save for college?” How Much Should I Be […]

  • Beginners Guide to 529 College Savings Plans

    Beginners Guide to 529 College Savings Plans

    A 529 plan is a savings plan is one of the best ways to save for tuition or college expenses. A 529 offers many tax benefits and designates an individual’s tuition and related education expenses. The two main 529 plans are prepaid tuition and more typical college savings plans. Prepaid tuition plans allow the account […]

  • Is It Better to Pay Down Debt or Invest?

    Is It Better to Pay Down Debt or Invest?

    One of the most common questions a financial advisor gets is paying off debt vs. investing. More specifically, is it better to pay down debt or invest? Should you delay retirement savings to pay down a mortgage or student loans? Should you pay off debt before starting an emergency fund?   The simple answer is that […]

  • A Financial Wellness Guide for Millennials

    A Financial Wellness Guide for Millennials

    We often think of wellness in terms of physical or mental health. Paying lots of attention to them, we often spend a lot of time, effort, and money trying to focus on them. To achieve a better quality of life, we focus on our mental and physical health. We rarely talk about money. It’s so […]

  • Where to Put Money for Short-Term Savings

    Where to Put Money for Short-Term Savings

    Short-Term Investments Matching your money to your short-term needs can help you squeak out some gains, even in a low-interest rate environment. A short-term investment can be converted by investors to cash now or soon, with relative ease and safety of principal. However, keeping a pile of money in cash can leave some earnings potential […]

  • 6 Reasons To Roll Over Your 401(k) To an IRA

    6 Reasons To Roll Over Your 401(k) To an IRA

    It is no secret that the job market is hot right now. Many people have changed jobs in the past year or might consider doing so next year. Leaving for a new opportunity can be great, but you shouldn’t forget about your old 401(k). After leaving your job, you may be asking: “Should I roll […]