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Are You Confused About Investment Costs? Part 2: Custodian/Brokerage Costs

In our last piece, we covered fund management costs. Next, let’s take a step back from the mutual funds, ETFs, or other holdings you decide to invest in. Where do these holdings live—and what does it cost to buy, sell, and hold them? An Account of Your Accounts First, let’s define a few terms: Investment […]

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Quarterly Client Letter – 2021 Q3

Sixty years after imagining the project, and after both had passed away, why did the famed artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude wrap L’Arc de Triomphe in Paris in silvery-blue fabric and red rope (which became an especially ethereal nighttime display)? Because they wanted to. And because their heirs carried out their vision, funding it through […]

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Are You Confused About Investment Costs? Part 1: Fund Management Fees

What are your investments really costing you? If you’re not sure, you’re not alone. It’s not like you’re handed a menu of charges to choose from when it’s time to place your order. Even when you know where to look for investment costs, the information can be difficult to digest. Let’s fill in some of […]

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Tax Planning in Turbulent Times Part 3: Tax-Wise Financial Planning

In our last two pieces, we covered some tools of the tax-planning trade, as well as how to deploy them for tax-efficient investing. But tax planning isn’t just for your investments. Life happens. Often, we cannot predict its next moves. But we can weave each event into the tax-planning fabric of your financial life. Following […]

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Tax Planning in Turbulent Times Part 2: Tax-Wise Investment Techniques

In our last piece, we introduced some of the tools of the tax-planning trade. These include tax-sheltered accounts for saving toward retirement, healthcare, and education, as well as tax-efficient tools for charitable giving, emergency spending, and estate planning. It’s one thing to have the tools. It’s another to make the best use of them. After […]

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Tax Planning in Turbulent Times Part 1: The Tools of the Tax-Planning Trade

Whether you’re saving, investing, spending, bequeathing or receiving wealth, there’s scarcely a move you can make without considering how taxes might influence the outcome. No wonder people get nervous when there’s lots of talk about higher taxes, but little certainty on what may come of it, and who it might affect. How do we plan […]

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Quarterly Client Letter – 2021 Q2

As we swing into the second half of 2021, consider this quote from a book first published back in 1954: “A river cannot, we are told, rise above its source. Well, it can seem to if there is a pumping station concealed somewhere about.” — Darrell Huff, “How to Lie with Statistics” Does the sentiment […]

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Is Inflation Haunting Your Financial Dreams? Part 2: What We Can Do About It

In our last piece, we covered the recent uptick in inflation, and what to make of it in a historical context. For investors, it’s important to take a step back and look at the big picture before acting on breaking news. But what if inflation does get out of hand, and stays that way for […]

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Is Inflation Haunting Your Financial Dreams? Part 1: What We Know

Has the specter of inflation got you spooked? Recent headlines are filled with sightings. In this two-part series, let’s take a closer look at what to make of all the commentary, and what you can do about it as an investor. First and foremost, we caution against succumbing to fear or panic in the face […]

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Cryptocurrency: What’s It All About? Part 3

Part 3: Trading in Cryptocurrency We covered a lot of ground in Part 1 and Part 2 of this three-part series on cryptocurrency. You may or may not be interested in using cryptocurrency as a means of exchange. But what about trading in it, directly or in fund form? If you’re considering that possibility, know […]

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