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Pushing the River

Recently, a close friend told me she felt like she was trying to push the river. It was the first and only time I can recall anyone using the term, and it has stuck with me since. It comes to mind when I hear people talk about protectionist policies intended to stem...

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What Goes Down

There are two major economic trends that have been unfolding for almost forty years now, and both are nearing a turning point. Interest rates and tax rates have been declining since the early 1980s and both must go up at some point. I’ve been telling our clients that...

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Work Smarter, Not Harder

I met with a personal trainer this morning who told me I need to work smarter, not harder. I’d been doing hour-long weight lifting and aerobic workouts five days a week, which poses greater injury risk and, potentially, long-term heart damage. He told me I could...

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Autumn of Life

Autumn is a time for us to reflect back on the days of summer, and for the kids to go back to school. This is a post about both.I was a terrible student in high school. Getting into a good college was not a priority for me. Let’s just say I was distracted. At one...

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The Tax Reform Pipe Dream

Congress is preparing to debate the budget deal that includes the tax reform proposed by the current administration, so I thought I’d chime in with my opinion of where this might go. In a nutshell, nowhere.First, the main thrust of this reform is aimed at reducing the...

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Gratitude and Empathy

Empathy is an important characteristic for a financial advisor, and as I talk to people about their financial concerns, I find myself worrying for them about those things too. Like when a business owner I work with told me if things don’t pick up in a few months...

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Beware the Hooks

When my kids were little we watched a lot of SpongeBob SquarePants—so much so that my now 18-year-old still calls up references to it in everyday conversation. SpongeBob aficionados will get this reference.It is just a cartoon, but the subtle messages are often very...

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The Inverted Yield Curve and You

One thing Republicans and Democrats generally agree upon is the importance of avoiding interference with central bank policy. If central bank leaders are politically motivated, they will naturally tend to implement policy that stimulates the economy leading up to...

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Labor Day Knowledge

Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It’s a yearly tribute to the contributions workers have made to the economic strength and defense of our country. During the peak of the Industrial...

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Cause and Effect

Something we tell all prospective clients is we will never ask you to break something so we can fix it because our experience lends to a good understanding of the cause and effect of doing so. We don’t need or want our clients to sell investments, close accounts, or...

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Required Minimum Distributions

RMD. If you’re seventy years old, or near it, or you have inherited an IRA from someone, you have probably heard this acronym.Most retirees have some basic understanding that they need to take money out of their pre-tax retirement accounts at age seventy and a half....

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Crisis Breeds Opportunity

No matter how you see things, 2017 was a tumultuous year. Some say we’re in a state of crisis.  Others say we’re on our way out of one. Your perspective may fall in between these two extremes, but one thing is certain: crisis or not, opportunities for...

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We’re Growing!

Last week at QLC we hired a new Associate Financial Advisor, Alison Davis. Alison has a wealth of experience in managing an office and customer service. She will be shadowing Brendan while learning about the personal and small business planning concepts...

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The Writing on the Wall

They say every prognosticator is eventually right, and I’m starting to feel like it might be my moment.  But it’s a moment I never wanted to come, and it does not feel good. The bond market is finally opening its eyes to the handwriting on the wall. I’ve been saying...

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Drowning in a Sea of Cash

I’ve been reminded a few times this week of how little there is in the way of investment opportunity in the current marketplace, and that we are drowning in a sea of cash. Recently I read an article about how Warren Buffett (or to be more specific, Buffett’s company...

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Tax Returns: Your God-Given Right as an American

Recently CBS Sunday Morning published a story on the idea of automating the preparation of our tax returns. This is not a new idea. I hope it never becomes law. Sunday Morning interviewed a Stanford professor named Joseph Bankman. Bankman developed a...

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