Showdown in Retirement Planning: “The Wild West” vs. a Uniform Standard of Fiduciary Care

by Eve Kaplan, Certified Financial Planner (TM) Practitioner You might be stuck in “The Wild West” without realizing it. I’m referring to your retirement plan – be it an IRA, 401k, 403b or defined benefit plan. That’s because you likely are missing a Fiduciary Standard of Care. That’s a fancy way of saying your interests, […]

The 3 Main Investment Styles: Pros and Cons

By Eve Kaplan, CFP® There are pros and cons to investing in the three main investment styles: active, passive and “evidence-based investing.” The benefits of “evidence-based investing” will be clearer after reviewing “active” vs. “passive” investing styles. 1. Active Investing through Mutual Funds: “Active” investors aim to “beat the market” (or a portion of a […]

Managing Your Financial Life Well: Things to Do and Things to Avoid

by Eve Kaplan, CFP(R) Professional It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the things you need to do to manage your life well – be it exercise, meditation, diet or making smart financial decisions. When confusion reigns, you may end up focusing on the trees instead of the “big-picture” forest.  How can you manage your financial […]

Access the 3rd Dimension in Investing: Dimensional Fund Advisors

Which large mutual fund company is driven by Nobel prize-winning research? Hint: It’s not a household name but it’s the 8th largest company ($376 billion). Answer:  Dimensional Fund Advisors (“DFA” www.dfaus.com). Full disclosure: My clients are invested in Dimensional Fund Advisors mutual funds in my financial planning/investment practice. DFA provides me and my clients with […]

The Top 11 Investment Pitfalls You – or Your Advisor – Often Commit

By Eve Kaplan, CFP® Here are the top 11 investment pitfalls I often see individuals AND advisors committing. (note: I’ll be discussing these in detail at a complimentary lecture at the Bernards Township Library on Thursday April 30, 7-8:30 pm; please call Lynne Hilf at 908-204-3031 x4 for more information). If you’re a “do it […]

Boost Your Financial Health in 12 Monthly Steps

By Eve Kaplan, CFP® Yup – it’s that time of year again when you consider your New Year’s Resolutions. The top 3 New Year’s Resolutions recur each year: eat less, exercise more anHere are 12 monthly steps to cultivate better financial health.d clean up your finances/investments. You can do much of this if you’re a […]

It Pays To Be a Tax-Savvy Investor

by Eve Kaplan, CFP(R) Practitioner Be a tax-savvy investor and employ strategies to reduce taxes.  Various strategies  include  1) asset location, 2) tax-managed mutual funds,  3) index Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and 4) tax loss harvesting. Finally, higher income earners (individuals and jointly filing couples who exceed $200,000 and $250,000 of modified adjusted gross income, respectively) […]