31 Jul 2023

Glad to be Alive

For 20 years, a life insurer pulled a little less than $90 out of my bank account. What do I have to show for it, 20 years and $21,600 later? Nothing! Well, except that I’m alive, which is pretty great. When I bought the policy, I got a lot of advice about what kind of insurance I should buy. Most people I talked to said I should get simple level-premium term insurance,… Read More

25 Jul 2023

Portfolio Insights

We are pleased to provide a digital copy of Portfolio Insights, our quarterly newsletter. Table of Contents: Stock Market Summary Bond Market Review Stock Buybacks Inside the Economy The Big Picture Click here to read the issue: Q2 2023 Portfolio Insights

17 Jul 2023

You Better Think (think!) About Estate Planning

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, died in August 2018. Five years later, the battle over her estate ended after a two-day lawsuit that should allow her estate to finally settle. At issue was that Franklin left two wills behind, both handwritten (one tucked in a notebook under a couch cushion), and they were contradictory. Initially, her four surviving adult children thought there was no will since they couldn’t find… Read More

10 Jul 2023

Lessons from the Land of the Rising Sun

When I was in high school, Japan Inc. seemed invincible. Their economy was booming, which pushed up their real estate and stock markets, and a handful of over-the-top events like the purchase of Rockefeller Plaza by Japanese investors and the sale of Van Gogh’s Portrait of Doctor Cachet sold for $82.5 million (or $189.5 million in today’s dollars). From 1970-1989, the Japanese stock market, according to MSCI, gained 16.9 percent… Read More