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Bitcoin: Worth the Gamble?

Imagine hanging out in Las Vegas playing your favorite casino game.  Perhaps you are sitting at the hold’em table and the dealer flips the river card that gives you the win.  Or maybe you are at the roulette wheel and your lucky number just hit.  Or better yet,...

Behavioral Economics-A ‘Nobel’ Idea

For most of the financial services world, it has been clear for some time that humans are irrational and act in ways that are not conducive to their own financial wellbeing.  Much of our understanding can be credited to Professor Richard H. Thaler, a pioneer of the discipline...

What should you do following the Equifax Hack?

What should you do following the Equifax Hack? In short, you need to act now! You should assume that your personal information was among the data hacked during the recent Equifax data breach. Equifax claims that approximately 143 million Americans were affected. This stolen information includes addresses, Social Security numbers, birth...

The Low of Market Lows: Part 2

Staying Calm in Hazardous Conditions There is a common phrase in the world of finance that ‘you can’t eat risk-adjusted returns’. Most people understand investment returns—making or losing money. Few people understand standard deviation, volatility, and risk-adjusted returns. Investing toward a goal is very similar to a cross...

The High of Market Highs: Part 1

Shooting the Rapids Toward Retirement Whitewater rafting is an invigorating experience which draws a global delegation of adventure tourists to our mountain regions each summer. Like many thrill-seeking activities, the rush of shooting the rapids unleashes a full panel of “happy chemicals”— adrenaline, dopamine, and endorphins—which heightens our...

The 401(k) Grab Bag

Every so often we get an opportunity to express our thoughts in a public setting.  Earlier this month, I was fortunate enough to be invited by Chuck Hammond of The 401(k) Study Group to join him on his podcast to answer some questions about Unified Trust, about our...

Marriage & Money: Making Financial Decisions Together

I recently spoke with businessinsider.com about the actions couples can take to have a financially successful marriage.  It all begins with open and honest communication.  I encourage each partner to share not only their financial information–retirement and investment account balances, credit card and other debts, spending habits, etc.–but...

A Word and a Handshake

Did you grow up in small community, a close-knit town or (if you can remember it) before the internet was a factor? Back then a word and a handshake were stronger than any contract or service agreement.   “Trust me” was as good as gold and if you failed...