Author Archives: Evan

Don’t Make this Common Terrible Special Needs Planning Mistake

I was reviewing a client’s estate plan the other day, and was shocked to see this very common special needs planning technique.   It isn’t a rare technique, and it seems very natural but is often a terrible idea.  The document provided that the child with special needs was proactively disinherited.  More often then not it…Continue Reading

I Just Converted from Oil to Natural Gas

A few months back I calculated how much money I would save from switching from oil to natural gas to heat my home.  I came up with the following calculations: First thing I did was contact my oil company to get an idea of how much oil I used in a year.  That number was…Continue Reading

Buffett – Stocks Can’t Outperform Businesses Indefinitely

When I finished The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life I immediately downloaded all of the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder letters.  If you are new to Buffett (beyond reading what other’s think he is thinking on investment sites) I would recommend reading the two books in this order as it gives you an idea as…Continue Reading

How Do You Title Your Children’s Investments or Savings Accounts?

Twice in the span of a week I was asked my thoughts on titling of children’s assets.  It wasn’t asking how they should invest their children’s investments, or more specifically, their clients’ children’s assets, but rather how should the accounts be actually titled.  I am of the opinion that money can do good things and…Continue Reading

Setting up Sell Guidelines for my Dividend Account

I have been wrestling with the idea of whether I am actually a “dividend growth investor” versus a value investor who prefers his first stock screen to be whether a particular equity has been paying a dividend for 25+ years?  While I think I need to discuss it further with myself I think it boils down to…Continue Reading

Would Knowing The Investment Return of Your Financial Adviser Actually Provide Any Value?

There was an article this weekend in the WSJ titled, “Financial Advisers: Show us Your Numbers” by Jason Zweig.  I am usually a fan of Mr. Zweig’s articles and tweets, however, this article didn’t make much sense.  The crux of the article is that Mr. Zweig believes that financial advisers should be required (or at least…Continue Reading