Five “No Brainer” Moves to Strengthen Your Finances

by Eve Kaplan, Certified Financial Planner (TM)   Here are 5 “no-brainer” moves you can make before year-end to strengthen your finances: Taxes: NJ AND NY RESIDENTS ALERT: If Congress pushes through tax reform that eliminates state and local tax exemptions, many NJ and NY residents (along with MA and CA residents) will be hit […]

Are You a Near-Sighted or a Far-Sighted Investor?

by Eve Kaplan, Certified Financial Planner(TM). Are you a Near-Sighted or a Far-Sighted investor? If you’re a near-sighted investor, you probably check your investment balances frequently (even several times a day) and you feel good when your investments are up. Your focus is short-term, even though you may live another 30-50 years. Conversely, you worry or feel regret when […]

Take a Quiz: Is Your Financial Advisor a “Broker” or a “Financial Planner”?

by Eve Kaplan, Certified Financial Planner (TM) Professional You have a financial advisor, but what kind is he/she? Take this brief quiz to see if you can tell the difference between a “Broker” and a “Financial Planner.” Receive 2 points for all “Yes” answers, and 1 point for all “No” answers: My financial advisor has […]

Managing Your Financial Life Well: Things to Do and Things to Avoid (Part 2)

by Eve Kaplan, CFP(R) Professional Two months ago I wrote about key areas to help “Manage a Financial Life Well” in the face of the overwhelming volume of financial information and advice. Some examples I mentioned included having sufficient life/disability insurance, calculating how to best fund long-term care and how to make some smart investment decisions […]

When Your Parent’s Financial Problems Become Your Problems…

By Eve Kaplan, CFP® Professional What should you do when your parent or parents’ financial problems become your problems? We Americans are notoriously private about financial matters; it’s common for adult children and parents to share very little in the way of financial information. This kind of privacy can come back to bite us, however, […]

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 […]

Ring in the Year with Investment Clarity!

 by Eve Kaplan, CFP(R) Practitioner “Out with the old and in the new” – so the old adage goes at the start of each year.  I hope 2014 will bring even more clarity and transparency to the financial planning and investment world so the public is better informed and better protected. Grand Theft, Ponzi-Style: We […]

Advisor Caught with Hand in Cookie Jar

By Eve Kaplan, CFP® Practitioner Here’s a sobering tale about an advisor who got caught with his hand in a cookie jar. The theft occurred in Marlboro Township, NJ but it could have happened anywhere. Jordan Zemlock, 50, an advisor/insurance salesman, was sentenced up to 10 years in prison last week for defrauding 20 clients […]

Suze Orman’s Take on Financial Planners

Suze Orman is a media star in the buttoned up world of financial planning. Accordingly, it’s easy for some professionals to dismiss her as a “lightweight,” even though she does a credible job preaching financial common sense to overspending, undersaving American public. In particular, Orman has sound advice if you seek a good financial planner. […]

Are You Committing These 13 Financial Risks?

Financial Risk is like driving a motorcycle or a car. If you speed down the highway on a motorcycle without a helmet, your risk of an accident is increases. If you ride the same motorcycle at lower speeds and wear a helmet, you reduce your risk but incur more risk than driving a car. However, […]