Radio: Raising the Minimum Wages Hurts the Already Disadvantaged
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On Tuesday, March 9, 2021, David John Marotta appeared on Radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show with Rob Schilling to talk about raising the minimum wage.

A Review of Fair Trade Efforts and Sweatshops
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Before you assume that moral licensing such as Fairtrade is the only ethical consumerism, think again. Understanding how such licensing works shows how little good it actually does.

#TBT How to Live on 24 Hours a Day
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A short quote from this 2004 inspiration, “Time is so much more than money. If you have time, you can acquire more money. But money can’t buy you more time. Time is a great equalizer. You can’t go into time debt. Every day the rich and the poor alike are given twenty-four hours to spend.”

Overcome Your Biases and Invest Globally
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Home bias is the tendency of investors to invest a majority of their assets in companies domiciled in their home country. Recency bias is the tendency for humans to believe that what has happened recently will continue to happen in the future.

Radio: Lessons From 2020 About Government Regulation
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On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, David John Marotta appeared on Radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show with Rob Schilling to discuss government regulations which made it more difficult for the free markets to cope with COVID-19.

Don’t Let A Second Home Ruin Your Retirement
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The cost of a second home is large. Large enough that it can ruin your retirement plan.

A Review of the Effective Altruist Charitable Giving Strategy
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While there may be ineffective charities which still deserve your support, this process may reveal ways that we can encourage ourselves, our charities, and our charitable giving to do better.

How to Avoid Scams
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It is difficult to know which sites to trust, but it is easy to know that someone is violating one of the eight safeguarding your money standards or can’t answer the ten questions to ask a financial advisor.

#TBT Is My House an Investment?
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For most families, the largest purchase they make will be their house. This 2011 post reminds us that the house you and your family live in is not an investment, but real estate can be.

Should I Pay Off My Mortgage?
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Even if the world was ending, I still want to have a mortgage.

Video: The Value of Systematic Roth Conversions
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In this talk, David demonstrates how Roth conversions can be extremely valuable even if a client is always in the same tax bracket.

Zero Steps To Take Before Contacting a Financial Advisor
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Don’t delay getting your finances in order until you get your finances in order. Ask for help today and see what wisdom a financial advisor has to share.

How to Implement The Automatic Millionaire Technique at Schwab
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By decoupling your standard of living from the size of your income, you have taken the first step toward financial freedom.

How to Foster Your Child’s Inner Entrepreneur
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An entrepreneur is valued for innovation. To innovate almost always requires failure first.

#TBT How Long Should I Keep Financial and Tax Records?
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Whenever the IRS challenges you, the burden of producing evidence that your claims are true rests entirely with you.

Troubles With 401(k) Plans Run By Salespeople
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The worst cause of employer stress is the fact that there exist many financial salespeople who offer plans which benefit themselves at excessive cost to the employer and their employees.

Raising the Minimum Wage Hurts The Most Disadvantaged
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We need to go beyond good intentions. The underprivileged among us deserve good results.

#TBT How to Deduct U.S. Debt Obligations on State Tax Returns
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Some states do not tax their residents on income from a mutual fund that was earned on U.S. government obligations.

New Funds for United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and Canada
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We would expect the switch to Frankiln funds to save our clients 0.11% annually due to the lower expense ratio.

Radio: David Marotta on Real Estate Matters (December 2020)
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On December 19, 2020, David John Marotta appeared on Radio 1070 WINA’s Real Estate Matters with host Michael Guthrie.

Radio: Savings Waterfall for 2021
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Which account you should fund depends on your circumstances. However, there are some general guidelines you can follow to make your decision.

Never Say Debit, Despite Dave Ramsey
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The only correct answer to Debit or Credit is “Credit!”

The Market Isn’t Made Up. It Is Made.
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The value of a stock is simply what people are willing to pay for it.

An Overview of Marotta’s 2021 Gone-Fishing Portfolios
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A gone-fishing portfolio is a portfolio of just a few stocks which should weather the ups and downs of the market fairly well while only rebalancing twice a year.

Marotta’s 2021 Gone-Fishing Portfolio Calculator
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This gone-fishing portfolio is our default portfolio which can be used at any custodian.

Marotta’s 2021 Vanguard Gone-Fishing Portfolio Calculator
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We recommend this gone-fishing portfolio for accounts hosted at Vanguard.

2020 in Review
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Looking closer into each asset class, here’s how our top six asset classes performed between January 1 and December 31, 2020.

Account Funding Priorities for 2021
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Which account you should fund depends on your circumstances. However, there are some general guidelines you can follow to make your decision.

#BestOf2020 Should I Change My Strategy During the Presidential Election Cycle?
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With timeless advice, this article can help you make decisions during uncertain times.

SEC Still Allows ‘Advisor’ Confusion
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Avoid allowing the firm that has custody of your assets to also give you advice.

Radio: The Haunting of Bob Cratchit
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On Tuesday, December 15, 2020, David John Marotta appeared on Radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show to talk about his newly co-authored book, “The Haunting of Bob Cratchit.”

#TBT The Happy Habits of Appreciation and Gratitude
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This 2016 article reminds us that “there is a very simple place to start the process of changing our destiny: Each day notice the things that make you happy and try experiencing more of them.”

#TBT Keep Christmas Your Own Way
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In “A Christmas Carol,” Ebenezer Scrooge calls Christmas a “humbug” because of the foolish way people celebrate it. This 2008 article reminds us that it is sometimes wise to simplify Christmas.

The Haunting of Bob Cratchit: A New Book from David Marotta
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In the same night in which Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted, the spirits also visit Bob Cratchit.

#TBT Marotta on A Christmas Carol
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Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is one of the best stories for talking about economics. This 2003 – 2012 series uses the classic tale to illustrate different financial personalities, principles, and philosophies.

How To Spend: Budget For Christmas
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We can gift our loved ones a powerful gift while maintaining a budget.

#TBT What Are Normal Market Movements?
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It is common for investors to be surprised by movements in their portfolios. This 2019 article reminds us though that even volatile movements can be quite normal.

#TBT Your Election Reactions May Impoverish Your Investment Gains
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Don’t let your political emotions impoverish your financial well-being.

Four Things You Can Do No Matter Who Wins
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Wealth management is in your control and there are actions you can take regardless of who wins today.

#TBT Don’t Let Politics Make You Afraid of Investing
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Election results should not change a well crafted investment strategy.

Before You Get Out Of The Stock Market, Read This
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When you get out of the markets, you have made a huge gamble with your retirement money, and now the stakes are high.

#TBT Are Democrats Or Republicans Better For The Stock Market?
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This 2017 article reminds us, “Stock market returns have little to do with which party holds the White House.”

A Market of Stocks Rather Than A Stock Market
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Individual sectors of the economy have reacted very differently to the pandemic.

How To Spend: Keep a Price Book
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Who can remember every purchase you made? But remembering is how to keep your purchases reasonable.

Avoid UBS Group As Your Financial Advisor
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Consumers often presume that an advisor associated with a large commission-based brokerage firm will have a team of managers supervising their advisor. This is a misconception.

How to Avoid Being Swindled By Elder Fraud
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As fiduciaries, we are on your side to ensure that your goals are met. Protecting you from elder fraud is just one of the many services we can offer as a part of comprehensive financial planning.

Social Security & Its 85th Birthday (2020)
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Every day, the government has the chance to free our children from this burden.

Surviving A Bear Attack in the Markets
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“No decent planner would ever create a plan that didn’t account for frequent market drops.”

No, We Do Not Need a National Retirement System
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Rekenthaler’s proposed narrowing of choices to a one-size fits all national solution provides a poor substitution for our current choices.

A Review of Finances at Age 60
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I’m turning 60 this week. Even though I plan on working as long as possible, this is an important check point.

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