Should You Own a Vacation Home?

If you spent this last holiday week in the mountains, you may have consumed a good amount of your vacation time in traffic. I imagine that the seed of many vacation homes were planted near Georgetown while crawling down I-70 – suffering through a frustrating coda to a wonderful weekend. The vacation home logic generally […]

Why investing internationally is still a good idea

If you’re like many U.S. investors, you may wonder why you would invest in international stocks. Overseas markets just seem riskier, especially when we read news about an on-again off-again Brexit, terrorist attacks in the UK, saber-rattling in the Korean Peninsula, and continued conflict in Syria. No greater financial sage than Warren Buffett, CEO of […]

Leveraging Your Paycheck Through Your Company ESPP

Employee Stock Purchase Plans (ESPPs) are a benefit offered by over 50% of publicly traded companies, yet fewer than one-third of eligible participants use them.  This often-overlooked benefit is a great way to grow your wealth. Unlike other types of stock plans such as Incentive Stock Options (ISOs) or Nonqualified Stock Options (NSOs), generally any […]

Older, worried and working?

  More older Americans are working than ever. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the greatest employment growth will be among those 75 and older over the next ten years, closely followed by those aged 65 to 74. If you fall in this older worker category, why are you still working? For most older […]

How Does Your Financial Health Stack Up?

One of the most common questions from prospective clients can be boiled down to this: how are we doing?  In our culture, our finances are often kept secret even from extended family.  We don’t have anyone to talk to about our financial strength (or weakness) besides our spouse and that’s only if you’re married. Sure […]

Will Your Property Taxes Skyrocket Next Year?

For the last two weeks largely unwelcome postcards have made their way to Boulder County property owners.  The notice from the Assessor’s office confirmed what you already knew.  Your real estate property’s value has increased significantly over the last two years.   You’re not alone as the increase of the average Boulder County residence exceeded 20 […]

How Much In Student Loans Can You Handle?

Today is the deadline for many high school seniors to confirm their college choice.  For many it’s a culmination of a process of hard work in high school, ACTs and SATs, and building an extracurricular resume.  It’s an emotional decision as you decide where you will spend the next four (or more) years of your […]

What to Do with Those Old 401(k)s

Most of us in in the workforce have had multiple employers over our careers.  It almost always makes sense to contribute to your 401(k) or equivalent retirement plan.  You get the tax deferral (or tax freedom if you have Roth contributions), the employer match in most cases, and the benefit of regular investing over decades. […]

You Can Still Work With a Fiduciary Adviser

For years, financial service firms have been preparing for the day when they would need to serve as fiduciaries when giving guidance on your retirement accounts.  This Obama-era initiative is scheduled take effect later this month.   It would be a major shift in the duty financial advisers have to their clients that would mean a much higher standard […]

Your Best Credit Card

If you’re reasonably creditworthy, offers for new credit cards may constitute a significant percentage of your mail volume.  The thick envelopes come with “invitations” to a lifestyle filled with visions of travel for free and access to sold-out concerts and events.  But once we get past the marketing fluff, what’s the best card for you? […]

Personal Security Tips

Do you remember the first time you had to use a chip reader?  I remember being in Target and waiting for what seemed like ages before the transaction finished processing.  Although chip readers add a few seconds of inconvenience to transactions they are involved in, they are being phased in across the US for good […]

Five Keys to Quality Insurance

It’s a bill we pay every six months, yet if all goes well we never financially benefit from it.  It’s property and casualty insurance, which for most people means homeowners, auto, liability including umbrella coverage, and renter’s insurance.  You may have given little thought to your insurance company.  If you’ve watched sports on TV in […]