Travel Safety

Maggie Mayer Financial Planning, Portfolio Management, Retirement Planning

With the recent tragedies involving the Boeing 737 Max airplane, travel safety is back in the news. The debate of flying versus driving is always a curious one. It says many things about human risk behavior. Most people know it is much safer to fly than to drive. Here are the latest United States fatality statistics for 2017[1]:

Drink More Water

Maggie Mayer Financial Planning, Portfolio Management, Retirement Planning

While speaking with a cardiologist recently, my eyes were opened to the “Simple, but not Easy” strategy being applied in the medical profession. We communicate frequently about the importance of this strategy in personal finance so it was fascinating to see it play out in another profession. I thought it would be helpful to share this experience (Don’t worry, no one was hurt in this process!).

The Importance of Personal Umbrella Policies

Maggie Mayer Financial Planning, Retirement Planning

Wealth protection is an important part of our wealth management process that aims to protect your assets against potential creditors and litigants, as well as protect against catastrophic loss. What would happen if you or your child caused a car accident that resulted in serious injuries or the deaths of others? How would you pay for the treatment and damages of someone who was hurt in your home and claimed negligence? What happens when they claim to have suffered greatly because of the injury?

2018 Forecasts

Maggie Mayer Financial Planning, Portfolio Management, Retirement Planning

“The general is well aware that your division’s forecasts are worthless. However, they are required for planning purposes.” Kenneth Arrow, a Nobel Memorial Prize winner in 1972 who recently passed away in 2017, began his career in the Weather Division of the Army Air Force during World War II. His division was in charge of predicting future weather patterns. Given his economic and statistician background, he recommended to his general that his unit be disbanded because they were no better at predictions than historical averages for the day in question. As the quote above suggests, the division remained intact.