Are you normal?

By: Laura Walton AFC® Well, let’s see. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks consumer spending each year. We have numbers for 2017 – see how you stack up. On average, U.S. households spent an average of $60,060. Using the chart below, we offer the following percentages: Housing: 33% Includes mortgage payments or rent, property…

The American Tailwind

By: Laura Walton AFC®   “The year was 1942, I was 11, and I went all in, investing $115 I had begun accumulating at age 6,” noted Warren Buffett in his annual letter to shareholders. That $115 investment helped Mr. Buffett illustrate the abiding strength of American businesses and the stock market that reflects their…

Short Money Rules

By: Laura Walton AFC®   Morgan Housel, an award winning financial columnist, is gifted at expressing complex ideas clearly and with humor. Today a partner at The Collaborative Fund, he posted this recent blog, “Short Money Rules”, and I would add “to live by”. Above-average results require not being afraid of looking wrong. Most people…

Choice A or B

Regrets

By: Laura Walton AFC®   Do you ever anticipate regret? I find it a useful tool when making decisions. If I choose option A, how will I feel about it later, will I regret it? Or, will I feel better about choosing option B once my decision is made? These top 10 financial savings regrets…