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 […]

Will You Be Caught Flat-Footed by the “New Retirement”?!

by Eve Kaplan, Certified Financial Planner(R) Will you be caught flat-footed by the “new retirement”? This “new retirement” looks nothing like your parents’ and grandparents’ retirement. The “new retirement” is a very mixed bag – there’s good news, bad news and elements of unpredictability. First, the good news. People are living longer than ever and are […]

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) […]

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 […]

“The Retirement Gamble”

by Eve Kaplan, CFP(R) Practitioner Have you seen the PBS Frontline documentary “The Retirement Gamble”? PBS ran it again on October 29 on Channel  13 — just in time for Halloween. It’s hard to watch this program without a sense of horror at the way our retirement plan system is rigged to rip off Americans struggling to save for their […]

Heed the Words of Investment Gurus to Avoid Investment Mistakes

by Eve Kaplan, CFP(R) Practitioner Heed the words of investment gurus to avoid common investment mistakes. Investment words of wisdom may be especially appropriate as we consider current circumstances:  bonds have plunged in value this year and signal the end of a 30 year bull run, US stocks recently have hit new highs, there are troubling […]

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, […]