CFG Planner Blog

Posted by Nancy Hecht, CFP®, AIF®

Over the years, I have met with more than a few people that were not planning on saving for their retirement because they knew they were going to inherit money from their parents.

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Posted by Rynda J. Chappell-Wilk, CFP®, AIF®

I recently went to see my Orthopedic Doctor, Dr. Desai, about a chronic pain in my hip.  His prescription for me was a dreaded dose of physical therapy.  Dreaded because it is time consuming to go every week and it is sometimes hard to tell that you are making any progress along the way.  As a matter of fact, some days I feel worse after the physical therapy than I did before it.  Never the less, he said this was the simplest way to fix my problem, and he actually said out loud, “keep it simple stupid”, and then quickly clarified that he was talking to himself, not to me.

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Posted by Joe Bert, CFP®, AIF®

“Write Down This Date:  July 1st, 2014.  On this date, U.S. House of Representatives Bill ‘H.R. 2847’ goes into effect. It will usher in the true collapse of the U.S. dollar, and will make millions of Americans poorer, overnight. You now have just several months to prepare…”   – Stansberry & Associates Investment Research LLC.

This week I had a long-standing client email me regarding H.R. 2847 and how it would impact our decisions going forward.  Knowing that this individual was a talk show aficionado, I immediately surmised he was taken in by one of the many commercials predicting doom and gloom.  There is an entire industry capitalizing on our natural fear of loss and it is growing exponentially as the baby boomers near retirement and worry about their financial security.

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Posted by Nancy Hecht, CFP®, AIF®

There is a proposal to make state college free for everyone to the tune of $350 billion over the next 10 years. These expenses will be paid by the “most fortunate” among us. That is the term used – I am not sure who it applies to yet.

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Posted by Denise Kovach, CFP®, AIF®

Our aging population is growing rapidly. According to the Administration on Aging, people age 65 and older numbered 39.6 million in 2009. That’s about one in every eight Americans.  It is projected that by 2030, there will be about 72.1 million over the age of 65. Continue reading

Posted by Gary Abely, CPA, CFP®, AIF®

Let me start out by saying I would love to announce the worst is over.  Take a deep breath, all is well in the stock market from here on.  However, two things prevent me from making this prediction.  First, a nice fella, Barry Smith, who is our firm’s CCO, and secondly, there will always be future volatility for us to contend with.  In other words, one deep breath won’t cut it.  Yoga anyone? Continue reading

Posted by Todd Tocco, CFP®

When we see movements in the stock markets like we’ve seen in the past week, we can, of course, discuss diversification, the fact we have not seen a correction (defined as a 10% pullback from the high) for the S&P 500 index in more than 4 years, the extremely low volatility that we’ve seen over the past few years, and how historically some of the biggest stock market gains come shortly after big drops. Continue reading

Posted by Nancy Hecht, CFP®, AIF®

Prepping is a world unto its self. There is freeze-dried food, water purification systems or pellets, batteries, shelters, escape plans, protection, and most important in my book, toilet paper. Continue reading