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March 1, 2023

If you are like most practitioners, you've relinquished your retirement planning to a third-party fiduciary to invest in a Wall Street 401(k) for you. This is the traditional and easy route. But have you ever stopped to think about the cost of going with the status quo? To start, you lose control of your money and put in a "lockbox" until age 59.5 to help keep Wall Street in business...

January 31, 2023

For practitioners who thought they were nearing the end of their clinical career, this new reality is a major disruption, and brings with it much uncertainty. 

The most pressing problem is that, for the aging practitioner, time is not on your side. Whether haunted by back and neck, pain, or simply just worn down by the headaches of managing staff, insurance, and overhead, the reality of being forced to stay behind the chair due to lack of financial certainty is disheartening. 

But recessions are not all bad...

January 30, 2023

In my decades of experience, I've witnessed many professionals receive disturbing advice from well-meaning, yet uninformed or inexperiences advisors, who were acting in their best capacity given their traditional education and background. The problem is that they only know what they know. Their one size fits all, "here's what everybody does" approach to investing creates average results at best.

January 5, 2023

We’ve seen disinflation and historically low-interest rates for the last 40 years. And now, the devaluation of the dollar, or inflation, is back for the first time in a generation and a half and is expected to grow. According to Forbes, “On an annual basis, CPI was up 8.3% in August over the prior 12 months, disappointing expectations for an 8% figure. While that’s an improvement from July’s annualized 8.5% gain, it remains very high.”...

January 5, 2023

It’s time to take control of your hard-earned retirement income

Have you been sold the benefits of a 401(k) after being faced with a painful tax bill in the first few years of practice ownership?

After years of grinding it out in dental school, followed by the hard work of building/acquiring a private practice, you receive a well-deserved income. But then, you realize just how much of that income the government feels entitled to take (a topic for another day)...

November 1, 2022

One of the primary reasons that dentists keep their nose to the grindstone long after they are ready to be “free” from their practice, is that they don’t know how much is enough. “Do I have enough money, investments, or assets to last me the rest of my life after I stop working?”

How much is enough?

October 27, 2022

Retirement savings is crucial for everyone because relying on social security is not enough to sustain yourself through your twilight years, especially considering that without any changes, the current social security system will only be able to pay benefits at 80% in 2035 and beyond. And the sooner you start, the better off you are...

February 7, 2022

The last two years have been especially difficult for small business. The good news is that it’s made many entrepreneurs smarter, stronger and more adaptable. The bad news, though, is that difficult times are just getting started. Surviving and thriving in the coming years will require entrepreneurs to demonstrate grit and an ability to adapt quickly and implement the right strategies. 

September 1, 2021

In an upmarket, you’ll often find a lot more “investors,” but many will be newbies, DIYers and gamblers. Money seeks investment yield, and real estate is highly sought after when it’s up. 

When the market corrects, it will push many of those avatars out of the investment market, and only the professionals will remain. But that’s is a double-edged sword. It gives you a better perspective client, but it also requires you to provide more value from the get-go.

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