Who Is More Risk Averse, Men or Women?

Over the last few years there have been more and more articles surrounding the topic of Women & Investing, and the role women play in financial decisions. When it comes to Men, Women & Investing, there are a lot of gender-related behavioral differences to discuss.  In our most recent Quarterly Newsletter, we featured a piece.. read more →

Show Me the Money!

Finances are personal. So much so that we have rules and laws in place to protect confidentiality, so others don’t know how much we make, how much we have in the bank, or what our tax forms look like. But have you ever considered that in some ways, society is teaching us to be ultra-protective.. read more →

Worst Winter Ever!

WORST WINTER EVER!!! Ok, maybe it wasn”t the worst winter ever, but it was the coldest winter weather in the last twenty years according to the National Aeronautic and Oceanographic Administration (NOAA). Snowfall was also 21% above normal across the nation. So it is not surprising that the economy has appeared a little weaker in.. read more →

Tax Update

As you are gathering information for your 2013 tax return, remember that we don’t need all of your information to get a good start on your return. If you are waiting for just a few items, please send in your information now- the earlier the better! We can add the missing pieces later. Not only.. read more →

A Lesson in Not Taking the Marshmallow

In the late 1960’s, Walter Mischel, a psychologist at Stanford University, conducted a research study now commonly referred to as the Marshmallow Experiment. The study took an initial look at the development of children’s ability to delay instant gratification. The experiment while fairly simple in delivery provides valuable takeaways that are applicable to retirement planning… read more →

What is a Certified Financial Planner

lululemon clearance outlet home It’s one thing to know, for example, that the “C” in CFP® stands for “Certified.” But it becomes a lot more meaningful when you find out that the certification comes from non-profit CFP Board, whose mission is to benefit the public by upholding it as the recognized standard of excellence for.. read more →

Season of Giving

During the holiday season, as a team at All Star Financial we wanted to find a way to give back to the community;  and what a better way than to participate in a gift drive for children in need. This year we decided to participate in a gift drive through the Washburn Center for Children… read more →

Lots of Thanks

This is the Thanksgiving time of year when we join together as a nation to pause and give thanks for all our blessings.  Investors have a lot to be thankful for this year.  Despite a slow and uneven economic recovery, and perpetual government gridlock, the economy and the stock markets have continued to grind higher.. read more →

The Changing Face of Retirement

Growing up, investing was rarely, if ever, a topic of conversation in my family. That isn’t to say my parents were financially irresponsible – not at all! I remember my dad consistently sitting down at the kitchen table to meticulously balance his checkbook and pay the bills on time. I also remember my parents living.. read more →

What All Star’s Reading #2

A few weeks ago we introduced a new blog installment, “What All Star’s Reading,” that will outline the influential articles that have helped shape our views on investments, financial planning, tax planning, and the practices we implement to service you, our valued client. The articles we share will be geared towards you and we hope.. read more →