Monthly Archives: April 2014

There are Amazing Lessons in Warren Buffett’s Shareholder Letters Part Three

When I finished Warren Buffet’s authorized biography The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life last month I knew I wasn’t done delving into all that is Buffett.  I immediately downloaded all of his shareholder letters.  If you are new to Buffett (beyond reading what other’s think he is thinking on investment sites) I would recommend… Continue Reading

Why Would Anyone Own a Money Market Account?

I was reviewing a client file the other day when I saw a line item on their balance sheet that I don’t often see today – a sizable money market account.  It may be a product of the unprecedented interest rate environment we are currently living it, but I am not sure why anyone has… Continue Reading

Do you have a Spending Cap with Your Spouse?

I was on my way to celebrate my brother’s promotion within the FDNY to lieutenant when The Wife called me to tell that she bought a bed for our son, but not to worry “she saved a ton.”  It took me a minute to calm down and figure out what was happening.  I originally thought that… Continue Reading

What’s the Difference Between Growth and Value Investors?

I was talking to an investment club partner a few months back about different stocks and it occurred to me half way though the conversation that we were attempting to get to the same place (i.e. a profitable investment) but taking two completely different routes.  I forget the particular investment we were talking about but… Continue Reading

Be Fearful of Financial Planners and Investment Advisors Who Promise Consistently High Returns

I came across a great proverb in a recent CNBC article titled, “Investments and the ghost of Bernie Madoff” that seems to line up perfectly when I ask the question why an “expert” really needs my money, Farr [an investment advisor], in an email exchange, recounted the tale of a college professor who had his students… Continue Reading

A Confusing But Common Estate and Life Insurance Decision

I participate in a lot of financial and estate plans, and there is a common distribution technique I never understood.  The worst part, is that it almost always unintentional.  I think most people would would agree that a child who has lost both of his or her parents should not receive money outright, and as such, his… Continue Reading