October 13, 2022

Friday Thoughts – “You’re leaving me?”

“You’re leaving me?” “Just for a little while, buddy. We’ll hang out more at the house later today, I promise.” My son said that to me earlier this week while we were all on vacation. For whatever reason, it’s stuck with me. He saw my leaving the park for a little while with a buddy as “leaving him.” It shouldn’t be a big deal, right? But his words, the tone of his voice, keep echoing with me. What choices am I making today that are impacting the way he feels? How about the way he feels about our relationship? Is there anything […]
October 2, 2022

September 2022 Market & Economic Recap

  Stock Market Through September, the stock market performed as follows: S&P500 -9.34% DOW -8.84% Nasdaq Composite -10.5% In September, the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average experienced their biggest one-month loss since March of 2020. For both stock indexes, it was their worst-performing September since 2002.   September swoons September swoons are somewhat typical for the stock market. Going back to 1928, the S&P 500 has dropped 7% or more at least 11 times. Likewise, the Dow has declined by 7% or more 13 times going back to 1928. And with the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite, we only need to go […]
September 29, 2022

Enjoy your ______ experience.

This week, I had to travel and decided to fly using Jet Suite X (JSX). If you haven’t heard of it, Jet Suite X is a small commercial airline that flies out of a limited number of private airports. My particular flight was taking off from Phoenix and landing in Burbank. It was my first time flying JSX, and I found it to be quite a departure from the typical air travel grind. With Jet Suite X, I could arrive just 15 minutes before the flight. There were no long TSA lines or mobs of frustrated people. We boarded the plane right from […]
September 22, 2022

My clients gave me this surprising nickname…

A prospective client called me the day before we were set to meet. “Looking forward to seeing you Wednesday,” he said. “But I am not signing anything now – just looking to learn more.” No problem, I respect the honesty and there’s no rush at all for me. He and I sat down at a nice local restaurant and talked about his planning, his situation, and what was most important to him. We got to know each other well and had a great conversation about his financial future but also about life, family, kids, and the lot. Soon, he asked […]
September 15, 2022

Loyalty, Consistency, & the Space In Between

What’s the difference between loyalty and blind loyalty? I’ve given this topic a lot of thought lately. We all value loyalty: in friends, teammates, coworkers, and certainly in relationships. But at what point do we hold loyalty above all else? Is there a point where our allegiances become unhealthy, the price we have to pay just not worth it? First off, what is loyalty? (Because the word may mean different things to different people.) According to Dictionary.com, the definition of ‘loyalty’ is: “The state or quality of being loyal; faithfulness to commitments or obligations.” Or “An example or instance of […]
September 8, 2022

The 2000 NY Yankees

In the year 2000, the New York Yankees did something remarkable: they won the World Series. Out of 30 teams in baseball, through the grind of a 162-game regular season and another 16 games over three rounds in the playoffs, they came out as champions. What made it even more amazing when they recorded the final out of the World Series (against their crosstown Subway Series rivals, the Mets, no less) is that it was their third World Series win in three years: a Three-Peat! Now, it isn’t easy to win. In fact, the Yankees only won 87 regular season […]
September 4, 2022

August 2022 Market & Economic Recap

  Stock market In August, the US stock market stumbled to the finish line with a four-day selloff. For the month, Wall Street’s major indexes performed as follows: The Dow -3.9% S&P 500 -4.2% Nasdaq -4.6% Year-to-date (as of the conclusion of August 31st), the stock market’s benchmark indexes have performed as follows: The Dow -13.29% S&P 500 -17.02% The Nasdaq -24.47% The best and worst-performing stocks in August Despite a mid-month rally, the stock market lost ground by the end of August, with the S&P 500 posting negative 4.2% growth. For the month, these were the top 5 best-performing […]
September 1, 2022

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

“Honestly, I would have given it only a 20% chance that Andy would have any interest at all,” my prospective client, Todd, said. “But you sure did pique his interest.” Todd was the Chairman, CEO, and President of a publicly traded newsgroup. He was 65 years young, successful, wealthy, and generous. He also understood that one person couldn’t possibly know everything these days, nor could his advisors. “He and I have worked together for 40 years,” Todd went on, speaking of his financial gatekeeper, Andy. “Andy is our family’s CPA, attorney, our consigliere. He knows where every dollar of our family’s […]
August 25, 2022

Get up and walk away.

It was 2001. I was 24 years old, made half-a-million dollars the year before and business was getting better and better. Most people would say that I was a success by some standard. Although I’d tried to stay in school, it wasn’t for me. I just wasn’t a student even though I’d tried mightily, spending 1995 through 2000 in school. I was working while I was a student, of course, and working hard at both. I remember getting a call from my Grandmother, “Hey honey, how are things?” “Pretty good,” I replied. “Super busy with everything and trying to keep up.” “Your […]
August 18, 2022

Jenny called.

“Jenny called me and said she loved you,” my client wrote to me. He’d emailed just to give me feedback after referring me a potential new client. “She said you were great and exactly what she was looking for.” There’s no better way to end the day than with an email with that news. I typed my reply, “Well, I hope she decides to become a client.” I sent my email. Within moments, I received one back from my client that simply said, “She will.” This very dear client connected me with a celebrity in New York. She’s a household name […]
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