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Monday, May 4, 2020

At the suggestion of my friends Mike (the biggest K-State sports fan I know) and Dan (whose birthday is today), I decided to focus on the world of sports on film this month. I am definitely missing sports right now and will forever be...

Friday, April 3, 2020

In reality, it has only been a month since my last posting – though I am sure we can all agree it has felt like a whole lot more than that. After discussing whether or not we should even post one this month, we decided that...

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

If COVID-19, or any other cause, has resulted in your unemployment, our colleagues at MFS have a concise outline of some things you can do to improve the situation. Click here to read.

Friday, February 28, 2020

After reviewing Jojo Rabbit last month – which is one of those films that may not be for everyone but I found brilliant – it seemed fitting to pivot to a film that I feel has universal appeal for the month of March. To...

Monday, February 10, 2020

The Coronavirus has brought about feelings of fear, uncertainty, and empathy from around the world. What are the impacts to financial markets and your portfolio? To an extent, risk can be assessed, measured, and managed. Uncertainty is...

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Investors are often bombarded with economic data, company news, market information, and news headlines. Not only can this be overwhelming, but it can lead to confusion. The best analogy I’ve heard on this subject comes from...

Friday, January 31, 2020

With the Academy Awards right around the corner (tune in Sunday, February 9th), it seems fitting to make the first Martin Movie Monday review center around my favorite film for this year. In a year with several very good movies, my...

Friday, January 31, 2020

A significant percentage of Fit-To-Retire clients come into our office with a bucket list a mile-and-a-half long and no idea what to do with it. We call these folks “High Enthusiasm/Low Preparation” clients. And, we love...

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

As we head into election season, these terms will pop up. But what do they mean for the economy and for you? The aim of monetary policy is to manage inflation and economic growth using interest rates and other tools to influence the...

Friday, January 3, 2020

WARNING – This post has nothing to do with financial planning, money, or economics. This is the first post in what I plan to make into a monthly series. Outside the office, one of my primary interests is movies. Being a...

Friday, January 3, 2020

Call us greedy, but we’ve never thought Santa’s list should be limited to the kids. After all, children have such short attention spans. They may spend an hour on Christmas morning fawning over new toy cars, dolls and...

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Economic progress is typically measured by GDP growth. Here, we break it down into basic components that are easier to understand. GDP is the value of all final goods and services produced by a country’s economy. Investors...

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

“ The price of love is loss, but still we pay. We love anyway.” That quote from the musical Next to Normal illustrates the unfortunate side of having close relationships with our clients. We grieve with them when they lose...

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

What do I need to know before giving a financial gift to my loved one with special needs? The end of the year is approaching and the holidays are about to be in full swing. With that comes a time of gift-giving for family members....

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

As you take stock of your bountiful blessings this year, pay special attention to the categories into which those blessings fall: Good health and nutrition (gravy, mashed potatoes and pie notwithstanding), relationships with family...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

As the holiday season approaches, it is timely to remind ourselves of the vulnerabilities that await us online should we fail to exercise diligence and vigilance while making merry online. The reality is, the end user (that's you and...

Monday, October 21, 2019

There is an old Chinese saying, “May you live in interesting times.” We have low interest rates, low commodity prices, low unemployment, and low inflation, all of which are generally helpful inputs for economic growth....

Friday, October 18, 2019

During a recent panel discussion with Fit-to-Retire contributing authors, we discussed ways to motivate clients who score HIGH Preparedness / LOW Enthusiasm on their assessment in the Health & Nutrition category. A popular...

Friday, September 27, 2019

Each and every one of us needs to do our part to make sure that our online lives are kept safe and secure. That's what National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) – observed in October – is all about! Each October...

Friday, September 20, 2019

If you’re retiring from a career spent hunched in front of a glowing computer screen, it’s likely the last thing you’ll want to do is keep up with ever-changing technology. While we can all recognize the importance...

Friday, August 16, 2019

While recent market movements have been well-publicized, a few things that aren’t making the main headlines: Historically, just because the 2y - 10y treasury yields invert does not necessarily signal a recession unless the...

Thursday, August 15, 2019

If you look at your portfolio, you notice both growth and value stock investments. What’s the difference? Growth stocks are just that-stocks that are believed to have meaningful potential still to be realized. This could be due...

Thursday, August 15, 2019

For baby boomers, “finding yourself” was something we did in the ’60’s. By the time we reach our 60’s, we assume the question, “Who am I, man?” has been answered. But, it’s likely the...

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Just kidding. In no realm of the imagination would I write something on politics, something I am not educated on. However, we hear politicians talk all the time about raising or lowering taxes. Unfortunately, many Americans, including...

Friday, July 19, 2019

What if you stopped thinking about how you’re going to spend your money in retirement and started thinking about how you’re going to spend your time? It’s a simple but essential paradigm shift that puts retirement...

Monday, July 1, 2019

It was a different kind of Independence Day! 30 years ago today, Glenda and I moved into the empty offices that would become Prosperity Advisory Group. The two of us became CEO and Chief Operating Officer from the very start, Captains...

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Why do you want a copy of my tax return? We get this question sometimes from existing and potential clients. It puzzles me. Why wouldn’t you want your financial planner to get a copy of your tax returns, the main financial...

Thursday, June 6, 2019

CFP Board Research Shows Almost One-Third of Americans Aren’t Aware of their Employer Retirement Plan Options. According to a recent study conducted by the Certified Financial Planner Board, almost 3 out of 10 Americans do not...

Sunday, April 28, 2019

We are happy to announce that Dave Martin has earned his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) designation. Earning the CFP® designation signifies that an advisor has mastered a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum...

Friday, April 26, 2019

We are proud to announce that Paul Ewing has been named as a Financial Times Top 400 Adviser for the fifth consecutive year. This elite award is based on assets under management, growth, years of experience, compliance record,...

Friday, April 26, 2019

On April 10 and 11, Paul Ewing and Angela Brill were among a select group of advisors who provided financial planning advice and education to congressional staff on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Paul and Angela are advisory council...