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 […]

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 […]

A Dollar Is Rarely Worth a Dollar

Last week University of Chicago Professor Richard Thaler won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his work in the growing research area of behavioral economics.  Unlike many Nobel Prize winners, much of Thaler’s work is relatively easy to understand by the layperson and can be widely used to improve our lives. Much of Thaler’s […]

College Versus Retirement

It’s a dilemma that most parents face at some point in their lives.  There is a trade off between paying for your children’s college education and your financial independence.  Unless your resources exceed your ability to spend, this is a truism.    Yet it’s one that can be unpleasant to discuss as it could involve your […]

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 […]

Five Tips When Buying a Boulder County Home

February in Boulder County means the beginning of the busy season for residential real estate.  Since the last dip in the local markets in 2008, most local communities have seen significant real estate appreciation.  Often cited reasons include a limited supply of buildable land in Boulder County, the consistent quality of local schools, and the […]

Where Your Next Dollar Should Go

Personal financial planning is all about setting priorities and then putting your resources to work to achieve them, while covering the big risks that could derail your financial future.  The thought is you want to give every dollar that comes into your bank account a job. Whether you’re a mid-career serial entrepreneur or in your […]

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, […]

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