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20 Second Advisor: Beliefs Drive Decisions

Every one of us carries around a set of beliefs about how the world works. These beliefs drive our decisions. For example, we used to believe that the world was flat. Therefore, we didn’t venture very far offshore. Everything changed when we discovered that the world was round! This principle applies to our money as…

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20 Second Advisor: Shift Your Focus

Approximately 1/3 of all annual giving happens in December*. Clearly, there is a deep pull in us to help others around the Holiday season. Act on that and donate money or time to an organization you believe in! Not sure where to start? Answer these questions: What local organizations are doing great stuff in your…

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20 Second Advisor: 2020 Retirement Contributions

Now is a great time to plan for 2020. How much will you save towards retirement in 2020? Do you know how much you should be saving? Here are the maximum amounts you can save into the most commonly used retirement plans in 2020: 401k Pre-tax or ROTH – $19,500 (increased from $19,000) 401k Catch-up…

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20 Second Advisor: Why Am I Doing This?

We work with a lot of business owners. At some point, they always ask “why am I doing this and what am I going to do when it’s done?” Usually, they are asking this about their business, but these questions carry over into our broader financial lives. It’s important to think through the long term…

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20 Second Advisor: An Overlooked Topic

When it comes to financial planning, I find that a topic that’s often overlooked is generosity. People who have a plan to share some of their hard earned money with others are more fulfilled and satisfied. I believe we all have an inherent desire to help others. We can express this by sharing our time…

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20 Second Advisor: Urgent vs. Important

I recently re-read 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. It is a fantastic and timeless book that has the capacity to permanently impact our lives if we apply the principles. In the book, Stephen introduces the concept of the Urgent vs. Important matrix pictured below. Everything we do fits into one of…

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20 Second Advisor: Recipe For Change

I read in a book recently that change requires 2 things: We must understand what’s in it for us There has to be proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the benefit to us will actually occur or that we can get there. It’s crazy how true this is in our finances! When people get a…

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20 Second Advisor: Nagging Horsefly

“The only way to make money a non-issue is to consistently make it an issue.” I made this up a few years ago and my wife hasn’t let me forget it (we talk about money a lot)! Money issues force their way to the forefront of our lives whether we like it or not. They…

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