Thin Mint: A Month Of Minimalist Money Management Musings

Are you making the most of your money? A series of recent life events significantly affected my finances, causing my money management needs to change as well.  Just as I was coming to this realization, an email notification from J.D. Roth of alerted me to his recent review of personal finance software, and an idea was born. 

"10 Things Clients Don't Think To Ask Their Financial Advisor" Now on GuideVine Blog!

In a not-so-subtle nod to David Letterman's Top Ten List, I give you the inside scoop on how to make the most of your investment in financial advice.  Hint: It's all about what you, the client, can do to establish open lines of communication about important topics.  Check out 10 Things Clients Don't Think To Ask Their Financial Advisor on, the for investors and financial advisors.


The Brave New World of Intentional Spending

Chatting today with colleague Stephanie McCullough of Berwyn, PA-based Sofia Financial, I heard these words come out of my mouth: “When did we get so far away from intentional spending?” We had been talking about how difficult it is for any individual to bust out of our culture’s rampant overspending into a healthy relationship with money.  Both of us fresh off our first trips to FinCon where paying off debt was a hot topic, it seemed like a reasonable question at the time.

Check It Out: The Real Best Investment

“What is the best investment?” Back when I was a financial planner, I got asked that a lot. In those days, I would always respond “Well, there is no one best investment. The answer is different for everybody.” Blah blah blah big long CFP® school explanation about the listener’s goals, current portfolio allocation, risk tolerance, risk capacity, years until the money is needed, blah blah blah.

But I’ve recently come to the conclusion that there is indeed one right answer. So I would like to apologize now to everyone I led astray and make amends by revealing it.  Here it is: The single best investment for everyone is… drum roll, please…