Exercise for Life

By now, you’ve probably read about surprising new scientific research that has shown that physical exercise is not—despite what we’ve heard for generations—a very effective weight loss technique.  So is there any good reason to hit the gym, or might you as well hang out on the couch?

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Our Driverless Future

By now, you’re familiar with at least the concept of driverless cars—a new technology where computers will replace humans behind the wheel, gradually at first, and then all at once ten or more years down the (pun intended) road.  But what you probably haven’t seen is a comprehensive review of the interesting social changes a driverless world would bring about—and the potential investment implications of it.

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Crypto-Bubble

One candidate for the greatest bull market run in financial history is the recent runup in price of the Bitcoin—the crypto-currency favored by international arms dealers and drug cartels, but also gaining acceptance at some retail locations.  The so-called “internet of money” is not backed by any government, which its promoters say is a good thing, because the currency is not subject to QEs or over-caffeinated printing presses in Washington, Brussels or Tokyo.

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Who’s On Your Side?

Friday, June 9 quietly marked/will mark an historic day in the financial services world.  On that date, all financial advisors will be required to forego any sales agenda and give advice that would benefit their clients or customers—or, if they decide otherwise, to explain how and why they intend to give advice that instead primarily benefits themselves and their brokerage company.  This rule only pertains to rollovers from a qualified plan like a 401(k) into an IRA, and to the investment recommendations for that IRA account.  But it may be a first step toward something larger.

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My Family Record Book

My Family Record Book by Harris Rosen

A client of mine recently suggested that I recommend something like this book, here is the Amazon description:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the biggest problems people face when a family member passes is finding and acting on critical information such as final wishes and arrangements, financial accounts, wills, house maintenance records, etc.

My Family Record Book is a complete step-by-step guide that will help you keep tract of and organize: final wishes & arrangements, computer information and passwords, estate planning documents, employment records, insurance policies, tax records, retirement accounts, government benefits, real estate records, house maintenance and more!

Much more than a check list of information, this guide helps you convey how and why decisions were made so others can make informed choices about such items as:

• How to keep the household running smoothly
• Where to get cash and how to access financial accounts
• How to get into your computer and access passwords
• How and when to downsize
• Which ongoing services to stop and which to keep going

Whether you are planning for retirement, have aging parents, or are a caregiver or estate executor, this book will help you organize important information so everyone will feel in control and know what to do during a stressful time.

My Family Record Book is the easiest and best way to organize your records and instructions for you and your family. Most importantly, it provides you with peace of mind knowing that vital information is easily accessible and is a loving and important gift for those you care about most.

Order a copy of this book today and empower your loved ones with knowledge!

The good news is if you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber the book is free, otherwise it’s only $3.95. If you want the physical copy it will set you back about $15.

I’ve not yet read the book, but after reading the glowing reviews, I suspect I won’t have much issue with it. Now if only there was a simple online system we could use to implement much of this!

Scott Dauenhauer, CFP, MPAS, AIF

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Starship Medicine

If you’ve ever watched the Star Trek TV show, or any of the franchise’s movies, you’ve probably noticed that spaceship medicine is different from what we’re accustomed to.  Instead of a physical exam, on the Starship Enterprise, the doctor points a blinking device at the patient and arrives at an instant diagnosis of any health issue.

Could that ever happen in real life?  It could—and actually has.

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Workplace Happiness—and Not So Much

What are the happiest and unhappiest jobs in the U.S. economy?   Put another way, what careers would you want to steer your children and grandchildren toward and away from if you want them to be happy during their work hours?

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