If I Could Have a Financial “Do-Over”, I Would…

I do not have an ounce of regret in me. My history is why I am who I am. Still, I recognize that financially speaking, there were some fantastic opportunities in my past that I did not take advantage of due to lack of understanding. If I could get a financial “do over”, this is how I would do it. … Read More

Hiring a “financial advisor”

Hiring a “financial advisor” can be difficult. Here are some tips for you to use when evaluating an investment advisor or financial planner. Know what type of financial professional you are speaking with The financial services industry unfortunately suffers from hopelessly obscure and arbitrary titles. But you should know what type of financial professional you are speaking with because that … Read More

Learning is Doing – You Can’t Afford Not to Make Mistakes

Not doing anything when you don’t know what to do can be worse than doing something and making adjustments later. I see this all the time with young professionals and their investments. Many of them have built successful careers or businesses in a non-finance or non-investment related field. As such, they haven’t devoted their time to learning about investment strategies … Read More

You Are What You Read – Focusing on Financial Goals

When times get tough, it takes a little more focus to stay on track financially. One strategy for focusing on your financial goals is to literally occupy your mind with your goals. This is a great way to motivate yourself into doing what needs to be done; especially when you may not feel like it.  I’ve used this strategy on … Read More

As a Financial Planner, this is My Favorite Client Service

I’ve been offering investment management services since I was a sophomore in college at the University of Evansville. After receiving my CFP® certification, I offered traditional comprehensive financial planning services like retirement planning, tax planning, and, estate planning. But there’s one service that I enjoy more than all others, financial coaching. Let me explain why. Financial planning and investment management … Read More

Financial Coaching for Millennials

This article is about how and why I’ve turned to financial coaching for my clients. Financial coaching is a relatively new and interesting kind of service in the financial services industry. I became interested in financial coaching for millennials (like me) in 2018 as I was building my own company, uVest Advisory Group, LLC, an investment advisory firm. My goal … Read More

Making Better Tough Decisions

Making tough decisions is by definition — tough. One strategy that I’ve found to work for me is something I picked up from the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. In it, Franklin writes about creating a standard “pros and cons” list. But Franklin takes it one step further by assigning values to his pros and cons. The values would represent their … Read More

3 Steps to Setting Better Goals

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where—” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,”  Alice in Wonderland Setting financial goals is important but people find it difficult. There’s a trade-off between … Read More

The Graph That Changed My Life

When you start investing is far more important than how much you invest or the investments you make. The first time I saw this argument was in a freshman college business class at the University of Evansville. Our dean at the time, Dr. Greg Rawski, was giving our class a lecture on the basics of retirement savings. I don’t remember … Read More

Reaching Financial Independence – Non-Financial Tips

Achieving financial independence can be defined as reaching a state of no longer needing to trade your time and energy for money to support your lifestyle. This requires a portfolio to support your ongoing expenses. A quick and easy rule of thumb is to take your annual expenses and multiply them by 25 (this is derived from the “4% rule”). … Read More