Six Mistakes People Make When Hiring a Financial Advisor

by Eve Kaplan, Certified Financial Planner (TM) There are 6 common mistakes people make when engaging a financial advisor — and all of them are avoidable! Before we go through this list, let’s put the issue of paying for financial advice into context. Health and money are two areas of life where everyone benefits from […]

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. […]