Suddenly you’re paying for a house that is too big, or a lease on a pickup truck you don’t use or just a membership to that fancy gym that you haven’t had the time to take advantage of yet. If your regular expenses are being paid for by credit cards or you can’t seem to save money at the end of each month, you might look toward “lifestyle creep” as the culprit. While it is easy to understand what lifestyle creep is and how it happens, it is still dangerously common among young professionals and those midway through their careers.
No doubt you’re familiar with the word stoic. Perhaps you yourself have been described as such at some point.
But are you familiar with the philosophy of stoicism
? The Stoics
got their start around 300 B.C.E. More than mere philosophy, Stoicism
is a way of life. In fact, the tenets of stoicism
have been utilized since the early 21st
century with the creation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.[i]
The main objectives of stoicism
are clear judgment, inner calm and freedom from suffering as the ultimate goal.[ii]
Since being blessed with 2 daughters, I have realized the importance of inner calm and clear judgment will come in very handy as the teenage years start and “boys” enter the picture. Those who practice stoicism
live by four major principles: delaying gratification, controlling emotion, always thinking big picture, and only taking effective action. Looking at those tenets it probably isn’t hard to understand why stoicism
and wealth management go so well together.
Whether you’re looking to make a New Year’s resolution or you’re simply trying to implement some information security best practices, you would be well served to start using a password manager. Why?
Passwords: The weak link
According to a survey by Digital Guardian, “password overload” is a real problem. Worse, despite known risks, at least half of us admit to reusing passwords.
How many online accounts do you have? Probably more than you think. You’ve likely got at least one social media profile. Then, there’s your e-mail (which might include both personal and work accounts), your various banking accounts, streaming services like Netflix or Hulu, and your Amazon account (who doesn’t have one of those?!). That’s not to mention all those apps on your smartphone.
We get asked about company stock a lot. What’s the appropriate amount, for instance? I will tell you that anything above 20% raises our level of concern.
We all have heard about that janitor or secretary that has worked at a public company for 35 years, amassed a ton of company stock, and then retires a multi-millionaire. But for every story like that, I think there are two that go in the other direction. Enron, Lycos, Lehman Brothers, Polaroid…are just a few that I can think of. And I heard a lot of “janitor” stories from GE personnel back when Jack Welch was running the show, but have you looked at GE’s stock lately?
Preparing for succession or transition in your family business requires prudence, contemplation and organization.
As you prepare for the family business succession/transition process, it’s important to address the underlying issues at play before you calculate your business’s value or the amount of life insurance the business might buy. Your vision for your business, the objectives you hope to achieve from the transition, and whom you choose as a successor—a family member or someone else—are ultimately what will drive the plan and its execution.
Champagne pops, songs are sung, and resolutions get made. And this year, you want to make a big transition.
For me, it always starts with how I feel and my ability to chase around my children with increased energy. And so, I begin my annual diet/workout regimen, in hopes of winning the bet with my friends. There is some sort of re-birth that January 1 brings to all our hopes and dreams. You’ve been on a path for a while, perhaps it's a career or a relationship and now, as you’re reaching mid-life/mid-career, you are starting to question if it’s the right one for you. Before you make any rash decisions let’s take a moment to explore what you want to change, why you want to change, and then the all-important how of making a major life course correction. In this article, we will go over some techniques and thought exercises that everyone who wants a life change could benefit from.
With the Patriots in full swing, we thought this would provide an interesting way to frame tax planning.
With Belichick at the helm, I always think that his process is his most valuable commodity. The Pats get off to slow starts quite often in my eyes, but their September team is often completely different from their December (and beyond team). They show progress and are constantly innovating. It’s great to think of your tax planning in a similar fashion. This year’s long-term plan could be affected by new legislation, newfound wealth, new transitions, etc.
We want the best for our children. As the recent father of a newborn Madelyn, I can only imagine the stuff I will do in the short- and long-term so that she (and sister Shelby) can enjoy the best in life.
We want the best for our children. As the recent father of a newborn Madelyn, I can only imagine the stuff I will do in the short- and long-term so that she (and sister Shelby) can enjoy the best in life. We invest our time and love, and we also impart our knowledge. Through us, they learn about the world, values, and how to handle their money. In fact, studies show children’s money habits can be set by the tender age of 7.