What is the “debt ceiling” anyway?

This quick presentation from the Washington Post explains what the “debt ceiling” means for the U.S.

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Saving Social Security

The need to reform the Social Security system is becoming increasingly more evident as people are living longer and the number of taxpayers per retiree is decreasing. In fact, if you carefully review your most recent Social Security statement, you’ll find a small note:

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Most Investors and Smart Investors

Most investors are stressed. They are always looking for the next stock or mutual fund that will make them rich. Smart investors, on the other hand, understand the importance of having a plan, controlling costs, embracing the market, and working with an advisor that puts their interests first.

Watch the video below to learn more.

Just Ignore the Crisis of the Day

Libya, Egypt, Japan, the Dow moving up, the Dow moving down, taxes, energy supply… Every day there seems to be something that impacts our peace of mind. Carl Richards, in the New York Times has a simple advice: Just ignore it.

Using his Sharpie and a napkin, he explains why. Here’s the complete story.

LFA Congratulates Suzanne Lindau

LAUTERBACH FINANCIAL ADVISORS CONGRATULATES SUZANNE LINDAU FOR RECEIVING THE PERSONAL FINANCIAL SPECIALIST (PFS) DESIGNATION.

El Paso, Texas, February 9, 2011 –Lauterbach Financial Advisors congratulates Suzanne Lindau, the firm’s Investor Advisor Associate in charge of Client Services, for receiving the Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) designation from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

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Lauterbach’s Sonnen Among Elite Group at Advanced Financial Planning Conference

LAS VEGAS (January 19, 2011) — Jon Sonnen, CPA/PFS with Lauterbach Financial Advisors, gained enhanced education on investments, insurance, tax, estate, retirement and elder planning from some of the world’s foremost experts on those issues at the Advanced Personal Financial Planning Conference held January 9-12 in Las Vegas.

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The High Cost of Bad Advice

When you interview potential financial advisors, you should look for the advisor who gives the best advice and is the best fit for you. The best advisors begin earning their fee from the day they are hired by helping you determine your most appropriate asset allocation, according to your unique ability, willingness and need to take risk (what we call “risk personality”). This is what we do with every single investor who becomes a client.

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Investment News Names David Booth as part of The Power 20 for 2011.

David Booth, Co-CEO of Dimensional Fund Advisors has been named among “The Power 20 for 2011” by Investment News, a trade publication.
“The Power 20” is a group of regulators, industry leaders, and legislators that the publication believes that will influence the financial services industry in the year that just started.
Among others named in the list are included: Mary Schapiro (head of the SEC), legislators Sen. Tim Johnson and Rep. Spencer Bachus and Ben Bernanke.

You can access the complete “Power 20” list HERE (Free Registration Required).

David Booth is profiled HERE (Free Registration Required).

To see a video featuring David Booth explaining the story of DFA, please click HERE.

Weekly Update: A Dying Banker and The Greatest Beneficiary

This week we recommend two articles, one from the New York Times, and the other from Larry Swedroe’s Blog.

A Dying Banker’s Last Instructions: Gordon Murray was a managing director at Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse. He also worked at Goldman Sachs. For 25 years, he sold bonds to institutional investors like pensions and mutual fund managers, until he discovered the futility of trying to beat the market and decided to share his “discovery” to as many investors as possible. This article was published in the New York Times.

The Greatest Beneficiary of a Passive Investment Strategy? Your family: Larry Swedroe discusses how a switch in your investment philosophy can lead you to better relationships and to a more enjoyable life.

 

Video: Is an Investment in Gold a Good Hedge Against Inflation?

Lately, investors have been pouring money into gold (from ETF’s to bullion to coins) given the rise in prices and the fears about inflation. However, is gold really a good protection against inflation? Is there a better way to hedge inflation risk?

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