Articles on Investments

A Gift to Avoid and One to Embrace for the Holidays

With the Senate passing its bill just over a week ago, it seems next year we will have a new tax law of the land.  Speculations runneth over regarding its final form, the consideration of the joint conference committee and both legislative bodies remain before it reaches the President’s desk.  A future column will address […]

Dealing with Tax Uncertainty

This week, the Senate will consider tax reform in the wake of its passage in the House. Washington watchers of all stripes are showing legislative forecasting fatigue. Congress has been embroiled in debate on tax reform, the future of the Affordable Care Act and other topics. Little substantive legislation has been passed. With tax reform […]

Doing Good With Your Investment Dollars

We are in the midst of a historically long period of growth in the US stock market.  Yet the euphoria for many Colorado investors is tempered by questions about our country’s future.  If you have followed classic advice about diversified investments, it’s likely that you own shares in companies behind initiatives not aligned with your […]

Accessing Your Retirement Money Early

If you wait until your 60s to retire, accessing your retirement savings is a straightforward proposition.  You can tap your Traditional IRA, Roth IRA, taxable investment accounts, and most work retirement plans without penalty.  But what if you need funds sooner than that? First, I should say we won’t consider whether you should access retirement […]

Use the Calm to Prepare for the Bear

We are in the midst of a rather extraordinary stretch of smooth and positive stock market returns.  It’s been well over a year since we last saw a 5 percent pullback in the S&P 500, dating back to Brexit in June of last year.  This spate of peaceful markets is rare.  According to Guggenheim investments, […]

Should You Invest in ETFs?

If you’re not an experienced investor you may not have heard about ETFs, which are an increasingly common way to invest at a low cost.   We’ll take a close look at ETFs to determine if they are right for you when it comes to saving for your future, including its advantages and pitfalls. Why should […]

Microinvesting: Building Wealth Pennies at a Time

Over the past few years my spending has transitioned from coin and paper to online and plastic.  Periodically I would take the coins that accumulated in my wallet and transfer them to a big jar.  Once the jar was full I would use the coins toward a fun purchase.  Most of the time the money […]

Four Steps If You’re Feeling Nervous About the Markets

With Dow recently crossing 20,000, the general mood among many investors is not euphoric but cautious.  The uncertainty that some see in the new Trump Administration has extended to fear about its impact on world financial markets. The argument goes like this.  We are in the midst of an eight year bull market for US […]

With Trump Elected, Have Your Finances Changed?

Most Boulder County residents, who voted for Clinton by more than a 3 to 1 margin, faced an unpleasant shock in last week’s presidential election.  Moreover, the outcome was unexpected as almost all polls showed Trump firmly in second place on the eve of the election. As the results of the election became clear, world […]

A Simpler Alternative for Adults with Special Needs

For those who raise a child with special needs, there is concern about both today and tomorrow.  Today’s concerns can be securing and affording the right education, caring for the child, and giving them access to the therapies they need to improve their quality of life.  The concerns shift to tomorrow when you wonder whether […]

Are You Invested Wisely? Imagine the Worst.

If I had to know just one thing about an investment portfolio, it would be its overall asset allocation.   The portion of your investments in equities (such as stock mutual funds) and fixed-income (such as bond or stable value funds) tells us more about its performance than anything else. Over long periods it’s mattered much […]

Secret to Building Wealth

-By Dave Gardner The other day I was talking to a CU professor who is nearing retirement.  When she stops working, she won’t have financial worry because of her tremendous job building up her CU retirement plan as well as properties, most of which she owns outright.  While she is well paid by the university, […]