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The Future is Happening Now - Take a Closer Look

Change may seem glacial until it isn’t. Change happens in cascades of opportunities across the world. For our future children, those yet to be born, this trajectory in ESG investing and conscious efforts in sustainability could potentially be the transformational roadmap that makes the Industrial Revolution of the 19th Century seem quaint by comparison.
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College Savings Calculator: How Much Do You Need to Save?

While saving for college may be a daunting task, it’s far from impossible. Armed with the knowledge that there are plenty of alternatives to private and public universities, and educating yourself on financial aid (including grants and scholarships) available to your child, can help make the college savings experience more manageable.
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How to Prepare for a Major Life Event and Create Financial Stability

Preparing (well ahead of time) for a life event can simplify decision-making and give you confidence in your financial future. Many small, simple actions can add up to significant changes in your life and future financial outlook.
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Investor Expectations are Outrageous

Investor expectations are outrageous. And, no, we’re not singling anybody out in particular. We’re not upset about it. We’re just trying to reset some sights here. The expected return on investment in today’s market is out of control, and it’s time to take a good hard look at what your own expectation really is, or rather, what it ought to be.
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How to Build Your ESG Portfolio

So how do you build an ESG portfolio? On the surface, it might seem simple. But it’s important that you have an in-depth conversation with your financial advisor and understand the risks at play when making a transition if you’re not already on the ESG track.
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How to Save for Retirement: It's No Different Than Planning Your Summer

Like summer vacation, retirement requires thoughtful planning and preparation in order to reap the benefits of your years of hard work.
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The Pros and Cons of a 401(k) Retirement Plan

Today, let’s talk about one of the most widely known modes of saving: The trusty 401(k).
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The Great Reopening

Watch The Sedoric Group's latest webinar: The Great Reopening.
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Betraying Public Trust Has Consequences

With so many notable headlines capturing our attention these days, it's easy to let some slip through the cracks without recognizing their significance. The recent budget passed by the New Hampshire legislature contained a $10 million measure to partially reimburse a few hundred clients who lost millions of dollars in the infamous Financial Resources Mortgage Ponzi scheme scandal of more than a decade ago.
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Gelato Teaches Young “Tomaso” About Inflation

Inflation hasn’t been a major issue in the United States since the dreary Stagflation days in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The formula was: high unemployment, double-digit inflation, and interest rates.
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Rent or Buy? Consider Renting Your Fun

Renting can be a much more affordable option and may suit your needs better than you initially assume. If you have aspirations of a family vacation home, perhaps this blog post can guide you to the right solution for your needs.
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Life Happens

Despite our best goals and plans, plans will, and do, change. Sometimes economic forces beyond our control challenge us as a downturn can put our portfolios and plans at varying degrees of risk. Closer-to-home, unexpected family needs can take center stage. At other times, we lose sight of our long-term goals and start spending money that threatens to undermine long-term goals and planning.
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Home Renovations Costs for Retirement and Beyond

As we all age, it’s important to analyze whether our house is an asset, and—more critically—understand the costs of renovating that house to age up comfortably, safely, and within our means. Factors such as floor plan, accessibility, manageability, and location should all be considered in relation to aging in place at home. These renovations come at a cost that must be planned for accordingly before retirement age is reached.
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Casey’s Housing Transition Report Card—Six Months Later

In 2012, my wife Rhea and I were fortunate enough to purchase what we then considered our dream home in Eliot, Maine. It was perfect - it fulfilled all of our wants and needs at the time, and also provided room for us to expand in the future should life take that course. And for eight great years it lived up to our every expectation, providing all of this and more. But eventually, as we all know, wants and needs evolve.
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Five Reasons You Should Explore Sustainable Investing Opportunities

Investors are placing their money in a sustainable investment strategy that aligns with their core beliefs. Compounding dollars solely to bolster bottom-line earnings is no longer good enough. There’s thought put into every dollar changing hands. Today we’ll suggest five reasons you should explore sustainable investing opportunities as a working piece of your investment strategy.
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What is ESG Investing and Why You Should Care

ESG investing—which is sometimes referred to as sustainable investing—empowers investors to support causes they care about and divest from industries that could potentially be harmful to our world. Investors may choose one or several causes to focus their efforts on depending on their passions and core values.
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Stolen: How to Protect Your Financial Security from the Perils of Identity Theft

In the last year, many of us have been stuck at home, working remotely, paying bills, brokering deals, and purchasing goods to have them shipped directly to our house rather than risking the trip to the grocery store or any retail environment. So, to keep up with the “outside world,” we’ve gone digital. And with that, our personal information is flying around more than it ever has before.
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Remembering the Nifty Fifty

Earlier this year, Howard Marks of Oaktree Capital cited the legacy of the “Nifty Fifty” in a memo to clients exploring the ongoing conflict in the financial industry between ‘value’ and ‘growth’ stocks. Marks is a noted value investor and an oft-quoted billionaire in financial circles.
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Why Tax Efficiency is Critical: Taxes Are Your Life's Biggest Expense

Since 1913, the federal tax code has undergone dramatic changes. Rates have shifted significantly and will continue to evolve throughout the future, but one thing will remain the same—taxes have always been and will always be life’s biggest expense.
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How Tax-Efficient Investing Leads to Tax Savings

From the perspective of tax-efficient investing, March 2020 was an absolute gift for tuned-in investors and financial fiduciaries across the board. Here's why.
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2021 Annual Outlook Webinar with Tom Sedoric and Casey Snyder

Please watch our webinar with Tom Sedoric and Casey Snyder. We do a deep dive into the outlook for 2021 as well as actionable items.
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2021 Annual Outlook

The Sedoric Group Outlook is sent to all our clients to provide them with a summary of important financial events and policy changes from the past year. This includes discussion of the themes we see developing in the years ahead and actionable items to consider.
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The Good News

We will remember the Covid-19 pandemic as a life-altering event which has indelibly shaped our own unique experiences and adaptations. We witnessed at the same time the unimaginable failure by our federal government to deal with the pandemic and the remarkable resilience by tens of millions of Americans trying to map a cautious path to minimize the tragedy and chaos. As a society, we were forced to enter a steep learning curve on how to work, teach, and socialize differently. We mourned and cele
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TSG Webinar: Book Show with Dan Chartrand of Water Street Bookstore

Watch our webinar for some book recommendations from Tom, Casey, and Dan Chartrand of Water Street Bookstore!
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Holiday Thank You 2020

Thanksgiving was just plain bizarre this year with C-19 surging when what we wanted most was to be together. This most recent holiday does remind us of people's basic goodness and writer Nicholas Kristof put it best in his most recent column 'Choose a Gift That Changes Lives'. Though trust in our institutions is at a low, our practice continues to grow thanks to all of you who believe in us and trust us with your plan and nest eggs. We will continue to invest...
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Year End 2020

Dear Friends, There is certainly no shortage of 2020 humor making the rounds. We will spare you with our attempt to be funny at the end of what has been one hell of a year. We write our year-end letter now because year-end is a busy time of year for important reasons which most people (even some professionals) glance over. If you read no further than these bullet points, we would like you to please keep in mind the following dates, deadlines, and important messages:   If you choose to mak
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Transparent and Honest Financial Advice Post-COVID

Financial transparency is more than simply disclosing required information. As financial advisors, it impacts nearly every aspect of the role we play. It is such a large part of who we are, that we wanted to share our thoughts on transparency...
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The Benefits of a Durable Financial Plan

As everyone tries to make sense of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the corresponding market downturn, many people are wondering what actions they should take to protect their finances. Although many investors have some sort of plan to help guide them, the majority are still concerned about how this pandemic will impact their futures and financial goals.
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The Key to a Successful Financial Plan

There are many reasons why the Federal Reserve has yet to reverse its course on historically low interest rates. The most obvious reason is also the most surprising: inflation, or the lack thereof...
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Why Financial Advisors Must have Succession Plans

When your plumber who has kept your toilets flushing happily for 25 years says he is retiring, what is your plan? Demographics and professional transitions have been a topic of discussion on our team over the past few years and should be for your family as well...
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Is Tax Efficiency Part of Your Retirement Savings Strategy?

Tax deferral in one’s 401ks and retirement savings are often a case of “out of sight, out of mind”. Automated savings is understandably easy to do but, as always, there’s often a critical catch: will your nest egg be worth what it should be in real, spendable, after tax dollars when you need it?
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The Market and Economy Disconnect

These are chaotic and unchartered times. As unemployment rises and the GDP continues to settle into negative territory, the stock market is partying like its pre-crash 1920's, or 1990's, or mid-2000's. A recent cover story in Bloomberg Businessweek pondered "The Great Disconnect: Why do stocks keep going up?" Nobel Prize-winning columnist Paul Krugman noted in a recent New York Times column...
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TSG Webinar - Is it 2021 Yet?

Tom Sedoric and Casey Snyder hosted The Sedoric Group's first webinar on July 23, 2020.
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How a Lack of Financial Literacy Hurts Retirement Planning

If the miracles promised you by the pharmaceutical industry seem to dominate the advertising between your favorite television shows, a close second is the financial services industry with ads aplenty about how company X, Y, or Z can miraculously help you and your family set and meet your life’s goals.
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Wants and Needs in a Pandemic

Amid the ongoing public health and economic calamity caused by the coronavirus pandemic, there are chutes of hope and humanity if we choose to see them. The tragedy is real but so are the opportunities for reflection and readjustment as we continue to work our way through this unprecedented situation.There have been many celebratory events such as graduations, weddings, holiday vacations, and family get togethers that have been rescheduled or put on hold. Few cou
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Avoid Making Emotional Decisions During Economic Jolts

Pick any day or a couple of days when markets swoon and one thing is as sure as Newton’s Law of Gravity: the Pavlovian reaction of greed and fear among investors. When you throw in 24/7 news cycles of social media speculation and news with reports lacking historical context...
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The New Normal: How to Financially Prepare for the Future

We are now weeks into an economic and social environment that few of us could have ever imagined at the beginning of 2020. In its history, this country has weathered numerous recessions and the Great Depression of the 20th Century, but we have never been forced to metaphorically put the economy into a coma due to the country’s gravest public health crisis in over a century. With each passing day, the political pressures are increasing to “reopen” the country to greater economic activity while..
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Using Historical Data to Inform Financial Decisions

Slide presentation created by The Sedoric Group in response to the current economic environment, global interest rates, and taxes.
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Special Market Update Conference Call 2020

Tom Sedoric and Casey Snyder sat down for a conversation on April 21 to discuss the current economic environment and provide their insights on the unusual economic events of 2020.
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Understanding the 2020 Federal Budget and Deficit

Shortly before Christmas, the 2020 federal budget bill passed with strong bipartisan majorities and was signed into law by President Trump. As it came amid the holiday season, a possible government shutdown, and an impeachment vote in the House of Representatives, it was easy overlook that the more than $4.6 trillion budget came with the typical additions to federal spending we have seen over the years...
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Economic Forecasting: How We Educate Our Clients

Among many things, the New Year brings two inevitable events: the grind of tax season (especially for the unprepared) and a slew of economic and market forecasts that often read like a rejected comedy skit for Saturday Night Live...
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Semi-Annual Conference Call

Tom Sedoric and Casey Snyder host a conversation about the current economic environment, and provide their insights on the unusual economic events of 2019.
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The Sedoric Group 2020 Outlook

The Sedoric Group Outlook is sent to all our clients to provide them with a summary of important financial events and policy changes from the past year. This includes discussion of the themes we see developing in the years ahead and actionable items to consider. The 2020 Outlook provides our take on negative interest rates, an overview of the SECURE Act, and how to reframe risk.
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Understanding Taxes: How to Plan for Changes in Tax Policy

What might you respond to an advisor who emphatically tells you that taxes will, without a doubt, increase in the future? Would you thank them for being a wise fiduciary and for thinking proactively to help you prepare for a future of potential economic and tax volatility?
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Assessing Risk Tolerance to Prepare for Economic Changes

Quantifying the essential component of risk tolerance for our clients is no simple matter. For years, accessing risk has been more of an overall psychological assessment than anything. The formula reduced to its basics was a combination of determining how people remember and react to market fluctuations, an honest accounting of their financial habits, and their long-term goals...
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Confronting Consumer Debt as a Generational Issue

When we advise clients that tax rates likely aren’t going to be lower in the foreseeable future, we encourage them to mitigate the risk within their plan and portfolio by working together to create future tax flexibility and efficiency . When they ask us why this will be the case, it is our obligation to educate them about a wide range of issues...
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2019 Year End Letter from The Sedoric Group

It’s hard to believe we’re already talking end-of-year and the holidays, but I guess that’s why they say time is our most precious resource. We write our year-end letter not to burden your inbox, but rather because year-end is a busy time of year for important reasons most people...
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How Negative Interest Rates Would Disrupt the Economy

The headlines of late have been filled with impeachment scenarios in the United States and incompetent leadership in Great Britain as the Brexit countdown to real economic consequences winds down...
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The SECURE Act is a Band-Aid for the Retirement Crisis

Without much fanfare in May, the House of Representatives passed one of most significant retirement “saving” pieces of legislation in decades. Known as the SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement), the measure is an attempt by Congress to get more Americans to save for retirement. As of this writing it is hung up in the Senate but elements of the bill will impact us all eventually and we are always wary of cute acronyms...
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What is Recency Bias and How to Keep it in Check

Do you know what “recency bias” is? And if so, when was the last time you had a heart to heart conversation with yourself about recency bias? Unlike lawyers in a courtroom, these are intended to be leading questions for a very good reason: little is more detrimental to a portfolio’s long-term health than the belief that the status quo is here to stay...
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Economic Recessions Are Influenced by a Number of Factors

When will the next recession hit? This question is often the subject of speculation and guesswork; yet few have an honest answer. It is not a pessimistic query. Investment choices are as much psychological as they are strategic and tremors regarding recessions are real. It’s normal to think that after an abnormally long period of sub-par expansion that economic growth has to end…
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Methods to Investigate Market Valuation

Here is the latest update of a popular market valuation method using the most recent Standard & Poor's "as reported" earnings and earnings estimates and the index monthly average of daily closes for the past month. For the earnings, see the table below created from Standard & Poor's latest earnings spreadsheet...
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Intergenerational Economic Conflicts We're Currently Facing

Family dinners are likely to be much more interesting in the future. A debate about paying entitlements may be the topic de jour. In an era of increasing political polarization it has become too easy and too simplistic to paint the many combative issues with just a swipe of a broad “Blue vs. Red” brush stroke...
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How Tax Loss Harvesting Helps Clients Ride Out Volatility

During volatile down periods in the market such as we saw in December, we were busy for many reasons. We worked with our clients to educate them about what was happening (markets go up and down) but also to perform constructive triage via Tax Loss Harvesting - an important element of a wise investment strategy meant to help save investors’ money over time...
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2019 Stakeholder Report

We thank you in advance for taking the time to read the following synopsis of 2018, some thoughts on the year ahead, our practice update, and a few tax season guidelines.
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Why You Need a Long-Range Approach to Financial Planning

What is one of the top challenges faced by any fiduciary in an era of 24/7 news bombardment? The answer is reminding their clients of this critical fundamental fact: most financial goals will take years of review, honing and attention...
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Holiday Thank You 2018

The Holiday Letters are firing up, our talented team is crafting our own greeting to each of you, and Thanksgiving provided us all with an immense sense of gratitude. Our client’s support during our migration to Steward Partners still brings a flood of emotion for us...
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The First-Time Home Buyer's Guide to Smart Decision Making

For most people, housing transitions are infrequent, though hugely influential. After paying expenses devoted to taxes, savings, and children, housing-related expenses (mortgage costs, taxes, upkeep and insurance) typically consume the largest percentage of...
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Market Corrections Are Necessary to Recalibrate the Economy

In July of this year, a major investment firm announced that ‘global markets were on track to be the most volatile since 2008’ 1 . For many, this was hard to imagine at the time. Now, not so much. October 2018 was a healthy reminder of what a correction feels like...
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Broker Protocol Required Firms to be Transparent with Clients

While we live in most uncertain times, one would like to be assured that “financial advisors” would act as fiduciaries for their clients - placing client needs before their own as well as their firm’s needs...
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Why it's Important to be Aware of Market Cyclicality

After lagging U.S. equities from 2012 through 2016, foreign markets had a huge boost in 2017, with the MSCI Emerging market index generating ~37% gains. 2017 was also the second year in a row during which all mainstream asset classes were positive. This was a fun result, especially for the disciplined and global investor, and one very few expected, given the geopolitical climate heading into 2017. And while investors may have hoped for the same events to transpire this year...
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Committed to Making Our Communities Stronger and Healthier

The reference dictionary.com defines the word “steward” as “a person who acts as a surrogate of another or others, especially by managing property, financial affairs, an estate, etc.”
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More on The Sedoric Group and Raymond James

Please enjoy this insight into the why and the how of our new partnership with Steward Partners and relationship with Raymond James evolved and developed. We thank you for your patience, encouragement and support in making this transition as seamless and productive as possible...
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Financial Advice Cannot Have a "One Size Fits All" Approach

The future landscape of the financial services industry continues to knock, knock, knock on the door today - and every day. Whether financial services firms will be welcomed in the future, or not, will likely determine if they will survive. How might the current firms even thrive in a tomorrow that is rapidly changing and being structured now is unknown...
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The Sharing Economy and its Impact on Traditional Benefits

Our economy is spawning a new sector of micro-entrepreneurs and, while the current overall economic impact is minor (not unlike Amazon in 2000), this technological transformation is expected to explode in the next decade...
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2018 Stakeholder Report

The Sedoric Group has never been more energized to help clients reach their desired destination in this environment. We are fiduciaries and everything we do is with our client’s goals and objectives in mind. It is because of you we continue to invest in the evolution of our team and the array of services we provide. We thank you in advance for taking the time to read our annual Stakeholder Report and promise that whatever 2018 has in store...
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Broker Recruiting Protocol Promotes Our Clients' Best Interests

Imagine a sports team with aging “stars” that are hard to replace, fans who invest their hardearned money and deserve the best, and team owners having trouble adapting to a new...
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How Student Debt Can Negatively Impact Long-Term Savings

Among his many talents, founding father Benjamin Franklin had a knack for getting to the core of transcendent issues of his times and remarkably ours too. The self-taught Franklin became a success because he understood rightly in the 18th Century that...
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How Much Does It Cost to Raise a Child in 2020?

A decade or two ago it would have been inconceivable for Americans to consider their family size as an economic decision. Even bringing it up now seems slightly un-American. No matter what the family size was during the unprecedented post-World War II economic boom, it felt that standards of living would continue to rise and rise. For many, that model has now been reduced to a nostalgic mirage...
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Understanding Intergenerational Debt

Regular readers know that we are not shy about tackling controversial issues that impact both our clients and the larger society. The very real and potential generational battle about the future is one deserving of thoughtful consideration and discussion. This subtle clash is in the form of an inter-generational conflict between...
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Why Responsible Fiduciaries Must Ask Tough Questions

The myriad choices we make over a lifetime regarding our finances, education, health, family, social life, and career often have a cumulative and profound impact on our financial security and our ability to enjoy the fruits of our labor. In an era of uncertain, and likely lower, financial...
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Rent Versus Buy: Making Smart Financial Choices

Just as we have questioned the true value and cost of higher education in an era of increasing student loan debt (and stagnating wages), how we handle the questions of where to live and how much to spend on housing should also come under scrutiny...
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2017 Stakeholder Report

The annual Stakeholder Report is sent to all clients to prove a look back at the previous year. The report also provides news about the practice and our team...
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Understanding Active Versus Passive Asset Management

After almost 8 years in a U.S. bull market, there seems to be an incessant drumbeat for passive investment strategies by both institutional and individual investors alike. The ongoing debate around active vs. passive management stems from the fact that on average...
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Affordable Higher Education Must Become the Norm

Never has the need for education been so great, yet never have the majority of options consumed such a high percentage of gross income, nor left students with such burdening sums of student loan debt. No state represents this conundrum better than New Hampshire which was recently ranked first for the highest average ...
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Honest Communication is Essential to Reaching Your Goals

Today, everyone has their own unique style of communication, and these various modes can be both a blessing and a curse for the engaged relationship. However, it is a real dilemma when a client chooses to sporadically siphon information using various mediums and neglects to openly and consistently communicate with those they’ve installed as partners in their financial security...
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The Fundamentals of Estate Planning

Imagine this scenario: A client has a number of various retirement accounts that have grown over decades of work. The client has divorced and remarried. Years later, her first husband passes away for any number of reasons (a busy life and career to name a few), yet remains the beneficiary of...
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Low Interest Rates and the Return of Market Complacency

Expectations can be a funny beast. When I was in college and then early in my career in the 1970s, my father and his friends felt ‘terrible’ about the world being handed to my generation. It was the end of the Vietnam War and for the first time an American President had resigned. There was skyrocketing inflation and soaring interest rates (also known by that dreaded term of stagflation), and the post-World War II era of cheap oil that...
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The Role of Sequence Risk in Smart Investments

Of all the tools at the disposal of investors, few people recognize the financial significance of sequencing. Sequencing has the potential to add great value, but when ignored can be a devastating mistake for those seeking financial security and independence. In fact, when it comes to financial decisions, proper sequencing is as important as...
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What to Ask Your Financial Advisor

What does planning-dependent mean? First, it requires a sense of clarity about expectations, opportunities, risks, weaknesses and sequence. Whether it’s at the beginning phase of accumulating your first nest egg or later on in the process, it is critical to know why you are investing before considering what you should actually invest in...
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Tax Efficient Investing Across The Generations

Taxes are typically our greatest lifetime expense and we make every effort to mitigate their drag on our clients’ retirement portfolios. During our three decades of helping families in their quest for retirement security...
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Understanding Coflation in the Context of Financial Goals

Historians will likely look back at this post-2009 period as one of coflation. A caveat is worthy here because if you haven’t heard of this, you aren’t alone. It is a new concept first mentioned in 2010, and expanded upon in our practice over the past 5 years. It helps us explain to clients what is happening today at both macro and micro levels...
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The Sedoric Group Talks with Paul Volcker

Recently, I had the pleasure of an extended lunch with one of my all-time heroes, Paul Volcker, former Fed Chairman (1979-1987) and the first Chair of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board (2009-2011). I was curious to learn and discuss his opinion on many economic and political topics, but in particular how the Volcker Rule has played out as part of the larger Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation...
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Buy Low, Sell High: Stock Valuations in 2020

Three years ago, I wrote about the S&P 500 based on valuations from a historical perspective and subsequent returns. The results were clear: low starting valuations were followed by high returns, and high starting valuations were followed by low returns...
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Jim Rothenberg and The Multiplier Effect

A picture of Jim Rothenberg has hung proudly in my office for many years. I considered Rothenberg as one of my earliest mentors in a distant way – we met five times in 30 years. His recent death at the age of 69 was not only stunning for family, friends, and admirers...
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How to Set an Effective Retirement Budget

We recently read an academic article titled “Why Clients Fail at Retirement,” that caused us to reflect again on the many dimensions of the client/adviser relationship. The thoughtful article written by Evan Simonoff in Financial Advisor magazine...
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The Value of Financial Advice and Long-Term Success

What is the value of financial advice? It is an interesting and debated question. Ultimately, the value depends on how well the advisor knows his or her client, how well the investor knows and can communicate what they want and need...
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Are There Benefits to Global Investment Diversification?

After a five year bull market in U.S. equities, many investors may be questioning the purpose of owning anything other than a U.S. index fund – I understand, I’m human too. Anyone who hasn’t questioned the proposed benefits of global diversification...
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The Importance of Mentoring in Personal Finance

Three years ago, I posted a column about the importance of mentoring and reverse mentoring in one’s life and career. In retrospect, the word “importance” may have been an understatement...
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Why Trustworthy Financial Advisors Follow Their Own Advice

We recently posted a MarketWatch column titled The Most Important Question to Ask a Fund Manager that outlines key criteria for selecting an asset manager. Chuck Jaffe at Dow Jones sums up the research succinctly: “…
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Why Financial Advisors Must Manage Client Expectations

If one is candid with one’s clients, then managing expectations is a vital part of one’s job - especially in challenging and uncertain economic times such as these.
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The Value of Good Tax Advice: Understanding Taxes

Another hectic tax season is safely in our rear view mirror and we recently hosted a quarterly conference call for our clients to discuss the road ahead. Our client calls typically cover a wide range of topics including portfolio actions, economic commentary...
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The Myth of Tax Deferral Revisited

I’m puzzled why there are not more discussions and articles about tax efficiency and investments - particularly when it comes to the issue of tax deferral. There are myriad posts on the importance of expense ratios, performance and management but very little is ever written on the significance of...
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Lessons from Gloria Steinem

What does it mean to be a feminist today, less than a century after women constitutionally secured the right to vote? And, what does it mean for men?
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How to Avoid Confirmation Bias in Personal Finance

Confirmation bias, the tendency of people to seek and embrace information that matches their existing beliefs and paradigm, is one of the many flaws we humans have when it comes to using data in our personal and professional lives...
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Civic Engagement and Long-Term Economic & Political Stability

A while back I wrote on the notion of hedging one’s citizenship and Emersonian self-reliance in response to the policy and political disorder that seemingly continues to surround us. The goal of hedging one’s citizenship is to embrace one’s duties as a citizen or look elsewhere...
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What Is the Difference Between Asset Allocation & Asset Location?

What is the difference between asset allocation and asset location? It is a simple distinction that too many investors, or even their advisors, don’t understand to their detriment...
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The Potential Dangers of High-Frequency Trading

Financial advisors should not only be strong strategists for their clients but be equally passionate educators. There is no subject that gets me going more than market volatility in general and in particular the potential dangers of high frequency trading (HFT). Volatility is a part of...
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INET in New Hampshire

The ghost of systemic economic collapse in 2008 and 2009 loomed over the recent INET conference at Bretton Woods like the dirt crusted snow on the White Mountains. The Institute for New Economic Thinking’s second official meeting was held...
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What is KIPPERS and Why Is it Important?

What is KIPPERS and why is it becoming an important term to know? It’s one of the most astute slang terms I’ve heard in years and is an acronym: Kids Invading Parental Pockets Eroding Retirement Savings – namely adult children who are, or should be, financially independent in their working years...
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The Importance of Financial Literacy and Self-Reliance

In his essay on “Self-Reliance,” Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote something dear to the heart of all financial advisors: “The voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks. See the line from a sufficient distance, and it straightened itself to the average tendency.”
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