Barrett's 2 Cents

I am a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. I write personal financial advice for baby boomers without kids. Some people say I help simplify their finances. Other people say I help them enjoy more life experiences. Read on and decide for yourself.

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The Vitamin C of Finance Lessons

A longtime client (Carol) shared her concern that it felt like the market was due for a big drop. I smiled and told her that she already knew exactly what I was going to say. Her reply was “tell me again.” It’s the one investment topic an investor can discuss, understand, process, and still wish to revisit regularly. It’s the vitamin C of investing.

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The Transformed Investor

My partner noticed that some turbulence on a recent flight was stressing me out (it was). Even though I know the odds of this actually leading to a crash are pretty close to zero, it still makes me uncomfortable every time. So, he said “just think of it as waves in the ocean that you can’t see.” I supposed Eddie, who flies often for work, is a transformed flyer. He’s always relaxed on a plane, and only gets upset if the turbulence causes his coffee to spill.  It reminded me of my friend and client, Dave, who refers to himself as a transformed investor.

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Getting Lumpy With Your Giving

Susan and Lisa are a charitably-inclined married couple with a recently paid-off home.  They will soon file a tax return and then make sad faces when they realize they can’t write off their sizable contributions to their favorite nonprofit because of changes in the tax law…unless they do this one cool thing.

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The Infrequent-Driver Discount

Thanks to trains, scooters, and bikes, my car now sits in the garage 99% of the time. So, when a friend told me about an auto insurance carrier that charges by the mile, I figured it was a no-brainer for me to make the switch. As it turns out, it was.

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We Married for the Money

Ray and Reynaldo are an older couple who got used to a life where marriage wasn’t an option.  They had their version of a ceremony and did some planning to ensure their goals would be achieved many years ago, and no one got down on one knee once it became legal for same-sex couples to marry. But now they are both in their 60s, and they are ready to reconsider.

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