All posts by Scott Dauenhauer CFP, MSFP, AIF

Scott Dauenhauer is an experienced Fiduciary financial planner an investment manager for individuals, families and government defined contribution plans.

>Move Over U.S.A.: The Future for Investors

>Jeremy Siegal has begun writing a column for Yahoo: Finance, I will be including his columns on my blog and in my newsletters (links) as I believe he is well spoken and smarter than I am. I don’t totally agree with some of his recommendations investment wise, but we aren’t that far off. I have read his new book The Future For Investors and it is well worth reading, even for those who hate books about finance/economics. I encourage you to read his columns, they are very enlightening.

Move Over U.S.A.: The Future for Investors – Yahoo! Finance

Scott Dauenhauer, CFP, MSFP


>The Meridian RSS Feeds

>For those of you who are users of RSS feeds, The Meridian Blog is now available for users of the My Yahoo services. My Yahoo is a free service and if you subscribe to it you can click on the button on the left side of this page title “My Yahoo” and all my blogs will automatically appear on Your Yahoo personalized page. For those of you who have other RSS readers please let me know what they are and I’ll try to get the feeds into them.

Yet another unique service of Meridian Wealth Management. For those of you who don’t know what RSS feeds are, don’t worry, just type Really Simple Syndication into Yahoo or Google. Or just sign up to use My Yahoo at

Scott Dauenhauer, CFP, MSFP


>The autopilot Myth: Pilots Have Value

>How many people really pay much attention to the pilots of our aircrafts? For the most part we think they are just locked into the cockpit with the plane on autopilot, they don’t actually do much work (Pilot Clients, keep reading before firing me!). In reality they are doing a lot more than we think (have you ever seen all the flips and switches inside a cockpit?), they are there before and after take-off inspecting the plane, they have a series of pre-takeoff and post-landing check lists that they go through to ensure the safety of everyone on board – none of us notice this though.

What we pay attention to is how fast we can get on board, how much leg room our seat have, are we able to store our five carry-ons, and whether we take off and land on time. It’s not until a situation like what happened with JetBlue airlines this week that we realize the value of compentent, experienced, FULL TIME pilots. Imagine if that plane was just set to autopilot and no pilots where in the cockpit, everybody would have died, no computer in the world could have pulled off that landing and kept the passengers as calm as the heroic pilots did. Or imagine that the pilot didn’t have the experience. Doesn’t it give you peace of mind to know that there is somebody there in case of emergency who can guide you through it, isn’t there value in the all the little things the pilot does that nobody sees?

While I cannot in good conscience compare myself to that heroic pilot, or any pilot for that matter I do believe their is a corollary to what I do for my clients. In a sense I am your financial pilot, keeping you from veering off course and in emergency situations keeping you calm and safe. This doesn’t mean we won’t experience bumps along the ways (portfolio fluctuation) or occasionaly have tough landings (negative returns), but there is value 100% of the time, even if you can only see if it 1, 2, or 3% of the time. I would like to invite you to review all the procedures I go through when working with my clients, the value justification can be viewed by clicking here.

Thank you for flying Meridian Airways…….Ok, perhaps not the best analogy with all the airline bankruptcies……not all analogies can be perfect!

Scott Dauenhauer, CFP, MSFP


>Some Laughter For Your Day

>Hi Folks,

This blog has been pretty serious lately, so I thought I’d bring a little humor to your life, we could all use it.

1. Ever wonder about those people who spend $2.00 apiece on those little bottles of Evian water? Try spelling Evian backwards: NAIVE

2. There are three religious truths:
a. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
b. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian faith.
c. Baptists do not recognize each other in the liquor store or at Hooters.

3. If people from Poland are called Poles, why aren’t people from Holland called Holes?

4. If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?

5. Why do croutons come in airtight packages? Aren’t they just stale bread to begin with?

6. Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist but a person who drives a race car is not called a racist?

7. If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn’t it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed?

8. If Fed Ex and UPS were to merge, would they call it Fed UP?

9. Do Lipton Tea employees take coffee breaks?

10. What hair color do they put on the driver’s licenses of bald men?

11. I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older; then it dawned on me …..they’re cramming for their final exam.

12. If it’s true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?

13. You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive.

14. If a cow laughed, would milk come out of her nose?

15. Whatever happened to Preparations A through G?

16. As income tax time approaches, did you ever notice: When you put the two words “The” and “IRS” together it spells: “THEIRS”?

Have a wonderful day,

Scott Dauenhauer, CFP, MSFP


>Hillarious Spoof of Modern Day Brokers

>Saturday Night Live ran a hillarious sketch about a broker who is completely honest with a group of people in a town hall meeting. The broker is calm, cool, and collected as he tells them how he doesn’t really care and he is actively working against their best interest. The reaction of the audience is quite funny. I have posted the video on my website, you should be able to watch it by clicking the above title link. Let me know if you have any problems.

The difference between a broker at a brokerage firm and myself is that I am required by law to put your best interest first, to be your FIDUCIARY. The word Fiduciary to a broker is like kryptonite to Superman.

Enjoy the clip!

Scott Dauenhauer, CFP, MSFP


> – Cost of managing TSP continues to shrink (9/19/05)

>The Federal Thrift Savings Plan is a great demonstration of two things – one, that a low cost plan can work and two, that you can take low costs to an extreme. While low in cost this plan is run like the typical bureaucracy in Washington, it is completely NON-user friendly. The recordkeeping and website is absolutely horrendous yet the plan is held up as a pillar of how a retirement plan should be run. I like this plan, but it needs some style, educational tools, better online management, and a little more choice. I like the low fees, but would rather see them slighlty higher if it meant a better run plan for the participants…..perhaps they should take a cue from Apple and combine style, creativity, and substance.

Scott Dauenhauer, CFP, MSFP – Cost of managing TSP continues to shrink (9/19/05)