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  • Should you keep the house in a divorce?

    Should you keep the house in a divorce?

    After a divorce, your home may be a sanctuary or a ball and chain. If you start down the difficult path of divorce, many of the decisions involve how to divide the assets. And one of the more difficult and significant assets in many marriages is the house. Too often we see one spouse (frequently the woman) insist on keeping the marital home and suffering …Read More »
  • How to find an advisor who values you equally

    How to find an advisor who values you equally

    You deserve to have an advisor who values you individually whether you are single or part of a couple. Many couples divide and conquer. He takes the daughter to soccer practice and she takes the  son to music lessons. He vacuums, she does the laundry. She does the grocery shopping, he handles the finances. And that’s fine. In some cases, the only way a couple …Read More »
  • The importance of putting off big decisions after you have been widowed

    The importance of putting off big decisions after you have been widowed

    Fighting your own instincts, and possibly the advice of some professionals, to make a lot of decisions in the aftermath of losing a spouse may be your best financial decision of all. There are lots of decisions to make in adjusting to single life after losing a spouse. And being widowed is devastating. That combination can lead to some bad outcomes if not handled thoughtfully. …Read More »
  • 5 Steps to Successfully Handling an Inheritance

    5 Steps to Successfully Handling an Inheritance

    “I never realized mom had this much. I have never seen this much money before much less handled it. I have no idea what to do.” It is not a problem most people anticipate but many advisors hear something like this at least a few times in their careers. Receiving an inheritance can be a beneficial outcome associated with a great personal loss. And it …Read More »
  • You Need an Advisor You are Comfortable With

    You Need an Advisor You are Comfortable With

    PlanSingle means having a strategy that works for you whether you remain single, stay married, or find yourself single again. A key component in a successful strategy is having the right advisors. But many women are not happy with one or more of their advisors and many married women find one of their advisory relationships works better for her husband than for her. Widows benefit …Read More »
  • Model financial partnership for your kids

    Model financial partnership for your kids

    Give your kids a head start and help them take control of their finances earlier. You have taken the PlanSingle philosophy to heart. You’re working hard to make sure that you are in good financial condition and are well informed and will remain that way regardless of what twists and turns life has in store. And you want your kids to have the same security. …Read More »
  • A married woman’s guide to risk management

    A married woman’s guide to risk management

    Gerri and Fred had a wonderful marriage and were gradually moving into a retirement they had planned and looked forward to. She had been a writer and editor and he owned a business and was passing the baton to his son-in-law. Fred’s lapses of memory were just a part of getting older. They both had aches and pains they had not had when they were …Read More »
  • Trying on the Life Vests

    Trying on the Life Vests

    If you have ever taken a cruise, you probably remember that the first ship-wide activity is to meet on deck for an orientation to lifeboats, personal flotation devices, and what will happen if there is an emergency on board. The cruise line wants to make sure that everyone will be okay no matter what happens. That’s the plan single philosophy. While the plan is that …Read More »
  • Using Socially Responsible Investing To Align Your Personal Values and Your Financial Goals

    Using Socially Responsible Investing To Align Your Personal Values and Your Financial Goals

    Is it possible to make the world a better place while also saving for your financial future? The answer is yes, thanks to an investment discipline known as Socially Responsible Investing (SRI). Investors who adopt an SRI approach to investing seek to achieve competitive financial returns while also avoiding companies that conflict with their personal values. The term SRI is sometimes used interchangeably with “sustainable …Read More »
  • Plan Single and the Blended Family

    Plan Single and the Blended Family

    Whether your financial baggage is a carry-on or steamer trunk, you will each now join or reconfigure your investment systems to fit your newly blended life. The vows are the easy part; the merging of his, mine and our money not so much.Read More »
  • Overcoming What is Holding You Back From Taking Control of Your Finances

    Overcoming What is Holding You Back From Taking Control of Your Finances

    Back in the days of 1950’s TV shows like Father Knows Best and Leave It to Beaver, women were often relegated to the role homemakers. Men were the primary breadwinners and managed the family finances. In some cases, women were only allowed a small weekly allowance for food shopping and personal expenditures. Today, more women are earning college degrees than men are and as a …Read More »
  • Three’s the Charm

    Three’s the Charm

    Diversify. Diversify. Diversify. We’ve all heard that diversifying our investment portfolio is the number one risk management rule, right? A combination of different investments, Canadian, US, International stocks, bonds, GICs, Gold, real estate, even infrastructure, we put them together so that when one area struggles, another part of the portfolio will help offset, or minimize the losses to the overall portfolio.  If diversification is your …Read More »
  • Lynn Martin – INTERVIEW with the Authors of Bank On Yourself

    WHY WOMEN NEED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THEIR MONEY Listen to the interview here: iheartradioRead More »
  • Women Have an Investing Edge, But They Don’t Know It

    Women Have an Investing Edge, But They Don’t Know It

    The good—but not well-known—news is that women tend to be better at saving and investing than men are. These findings came to light in a Fidelity Investments study of eight million retirement accounts in the U.S.Read More »
  • Grab The Keys To Your Financial Bus

    Grab The Keys To Your Financial Bus

    A recent UBS survey found that 58% of the wealthy women around the world that they surveyed defer to the men in their lives on important financial decisions.  Unfortunately 74% of divorced and widowed women they surveyed reported “discovering negative financial surprises after a divorce or death of their spouse.”[1] In many partnered relationships or marriages, it’s common for one person to act as the …Read More »