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Most People Don’t Know All the Fees They’re Paying

By Jeff Dixson | May 23, 2017

Fees can erode your retirement nest egg over the years. The problem is most people don’t know how to identify what fees they’re paying or decide whether or not those fees are justified. Right up front, someone might be hit with a 6% sales load paid to the advisor, then on top of that, they…

The Best Way to Make Money is to Not Lose it in the First Place

By Jeff Dixson | May 16, 2017

When most people first hear this old adage, they shrug it off. It seems like something so simple that you shouldn’t have to be told. Most people think, “of course I don’t want to lose my money, that’s contrary to the idea of making money!” But it’s not until you look at the numbers, that…

If You Wouldn’t Buy It, Why Do You Own It?

By Jeff Dixson | May 11, 2017

When I sit down with a prospective client, a key question I ask them is: if you own an investment right now, and you were looking at that investment as though you had to decide whether or not you would buy it today, would you have a compelling reason to? If you don’t have a…

Do You Know the Answer to These Questions?

By Jeff Dixson | July 15, 2016

6 Questions Every Investor Should Know the Answers To When we meet with individuals every week in our office we ask them 6 simple questions that every investor should know the answers to. 1. Why do you have each investment you currently own? 2. How do they work? 3. Do you know what you’re invested…

What are you really making?

By Jeff Dixson | July 1, 2016

One of the most significant numbers in determining your portfolio’s success is its “rate of return”. What we find in our practice is that most people don’t know it, or they’re calculating it incorrectly. Your rate of return usually indicates the return your investments have generated on an annual basis. Typically an investor who is…

Dare to Dream About Your Retirement Lifestyle

By Jeff Dixson | April 28, 2016

As a financial planning firm we often speak about numbers. The world of retirement planning involves a lot of numbers, from interest rates, to return rates, to market performance to Social Security Benefit amounts. Certainly having the correct withdrawal rates, tax strategy and Social Security plan are important but so is your plan for your…

Retirement Rules of Thumb to Question

By Jeff Dixson | April 15, 2016

In financial and retirement planning, there are a lot of rules of thumb. It’s often difficult to decipher which are good and which are bad. Don’t fall victim to bad advice. Know which ones to follow and which ones to throw out the window. 1.Have three to six months of savings in an emergency fund…

Retirement Rules of Thumb We Like

By Jeff Dixson | April 1, 2016

Rules of thumb in life are useful. For example, don’t eat after 8pm, eat slowly for better digestion, write down your ideas before you forget them, don’t be afraid to admit you don’t understand something, start small, think big, buy low, sell high and keep good financial records. In the financial and retirement planning world,…

Taxes and Their Role in Retirement Planning

By Jeff Dixson | March 18, 2016

  No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, we all appreciate at least some things our state and federal government provide from the money we pay through various taxes. Most of us like highways, fire departments, border safety, the military, and funding for schools. Retirement planning is a simple numbers game. It’s a…

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