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Mike’s Thoughts on Regulations

I recently did this really awesome educational video for you on Bonds, but unfortunately I described the characteristics of bond mutual funds in layman terms without a bunch of disclosures, and approval from a higher up regulatory agency is required (come to find out).

So that got me thinking about rules and regulations.  Should we have more or less, are they a cure-all panacea, and most importantly, what are the unintended consequences?

Click on the video below to hear my crazy thoughts on regulations.  All right, they’re not really crazy, but I think the… Read More

Great Article on Generosity Wealth Management

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TheSuit Magazine did a nice article about me, my company, and some of my beliefs in their most recent edition.

I don’t often get interviewed, so it was a fun experience.  He got a few things wrong (I was not actually in Africa for 2 years straight but rather kept going back periodically over that 2 year time frame), but overall got it right.

I love my clients, company, and am having a lot of fun while trying to make a… Read More

One U.S. Dollar Could Soon Equal One Euro

The US Dollar is looking pretty mighty these days

Goldman Sachs believes the U.S. dollar will catch up to the Euro and may even be equal by the end of the year. euro to dollar

This is just one outcome of a resurgent America in comparison to the European Monetary countries that are having all kinds of difficulty.  While we ended our bond buying program, they’re just about to start.

This is good news for US travelers to Europe but bad news for… Read More

118 Books in 2014

A couple of years ago I started rating my books I read on www.goodreads.com.

Then I realized it kept track of all of them, and without knowing it I read 73 books in 2013. So, for 2014 I thought “I’ll bet I could read 100 books if I changed a few habits around (like no TV)”. So, that’s what I did, and I’ve never felt smarter and more enriched.

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I ended up reading 118 books in 2014, 66 fiction… Read More

Surgery Cures Constipated Goldfish

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The title of this should actually be “you know you have too much money when……..”

Yes, that’s right, someone paid $467 for their constipated goldfish to have surgery so it wouldn’t die.

Weird.

Anyway, I’d write more about this but I have to go meet a friend for some all-you-can-eat sushi……..

Surgery Cures Constipated Goldfish

2014 Review – 2015 Preview

2014 is now over, and a new year is in front of us.

In my video (click on the image below), I briefly do a recap on 2014, and then lay out my arguments for a long term approach, diversification, and reasons why I think being fully invested is wise, particularly as I continue to be optimistic  for the foreseeable future.

Click on the video below for 10 minutes of my thoughts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry9OBSeF5O4&feature=youtu.be

 

Hi there! Mike Brady with Generosity Wealth Management: a comprehensive, full-service, wealth management firm headquartered right here in… Read More

Privacy Policy and ADV

Okay, I know privacy notices and my Form ADV could be considered boring, and after the video above (which you clicked on of course), you want a contiprivacy policynuation of the most exciting new information in the world.

Well, privacy policies can sort of be interesting, can’t they?

And my ADV tells you all kinds of things about me, like when I was born, where I went to school (Go Hurons!), and all about my professional registrations.  It also lists my outside activities, charities and other non-profits I’m… Read More

Key Financial Information – 2015

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A new calendar year also means a new tax year.

Back by popular demand is my Key Financial Information chart as a quick reference guide for you throughout the year.

I work with a number of good CPAs, so don’t hesitate to contact me for guidance as a good CPA can be a valuable member of your financial planning team.

Key Financial Information – 2015 (DOWNLOAD PDF)

Russian Ruble Crisis: Don’t Panic like it’s 1998

I remember the 1998 Russian crisis well.  It was near the end of the summer, and threatened to put a real damper on an otherwise excellent stock market year.   The “Moscow meltdown” bled over the S&P 500, which plunged 20%.Russia 98-14

There are reasons  1998 and today are different

  1. Tough sanction in place have somewhat isolated Western investors
  2. Russia has a war chest of $416 billion in currency reserves today, versus very little in 1998
  3. Russia’s currency is free floating, and not pegged to

Excited Puppy Spots its Owner

I’m not going to lie to you–I’m a total sucker for a cute dog video on the internet.

Yeah, yeah, I know, pretty sappy eh?

Every time I watch this video it makes me smile.  Wouldn’t it be nice to be so lucky to have an animal or person be excited to see us like this puppy is for its owner?

Gosh darn it, I just watched it again and it made me smile.… Read More

Bullish to Bearish Indicators

I’ve mentioned all year long that I’m bullish and optimistic for the foreseeable future, and until data tells me something else, that’s where I remain.

However, what would change my opinion?  What are the data that I look at, and how would they need to change in order for my opinion to change?

Good question, and one I address in this issue’s video:

Hi there, Mike Brady with Generosity Wealth Management, a comprehensive full-service wealth management firm headquartered right here in Boulder, Colorado.

The main topic for… Read More

7 Simple Things Most Investors Don’t Do

 

 

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I’m entering my 24th year working with clients.

I did financial plans for people decades ago, and usually, those that did reach their goals did so not because they bought mutual fund A instead of mutual fund B, or this investment over another, it  had to do with having the right behavior and keeping the big questions in mind.

Ben Carlson wrote an absolutely wonderful blog that I’ve linked to below.  He says very succinctly what I say all the time… Read More

History is an Outline, not a Blueprint

Falling oil prices and collapsing exchange rates do not mean that it’s 1998 again.   sign posts past and future

There’s an old adage that “economists have predicted 17 of the last 3 recessions”.

History is an outline, a guide, but there’s a reason we disclaim “past performance is no guarantee of future results”.  It should be modified to say “past history does not mean it will repeat itself here again”.

 

History is an Outline, not a Blueprint 

Understanding the New IRA Rollover Rules for 2015

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One technique for moving money from one IRA to another, and possibly use that money in the meantime, is to do a “60 day rollover”.  This is very common, and can be done once per year per individual IRA account.

Starting in 2015, you can only perform this 60 day rollover once per year for all your IRAs, regardless of how many you have.

What does this mean?  IRA transfers, which I usually recommend for clients, is the way to move money from trustee… Read More

Sriracha Stout, A Brand New Spicy Beer from Rogue Ales

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Someone please buy me this beer.  That is all.

 

Sriracha Stout, A Brand New Spicy Beer from Rogue Ales

Current Market Conditions

As volatility has increased in the past 3 weeks, I want to keep you well informed of my thoughts.

Are the past weeks normal, have the fundamentals changed, or is this the canary in the coal mine we’ve been waiting for?

These questions are answered in my video.

Hi, Mike Brady here with Generosity Wealth Management, a comprehensive, full service wealth management firm, headquartered right here in Boulder, Colorado.

I last spoke to you a couple of weeks ago and at that time, I talked about the third quarter… Read More

What Are the Odds We’re Heading for Another Crash

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The magnitude of loss greater than 20% or 30% is actually quite unusual, but 10% happens often, even if it hasn’t happened since 2011.

When it happens it doesn’t feel very good, but it’s not necessarily a prelude to bigger declines, so we shouldn’t jump to that conclusion.

Here’s a full article with more discussion about the odds.

 

The Deficit is Down Because the Private Sector is Up

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The deficit is the difference between tax receipts (inputs) and tax expenditures (outputs).  The deficit has been declining over the past few years, but it’s not due to decreased expenditures, it’s due to increased revenues.

The private sector has been healing itself over the past 5 years, and it shows with the tax revenue.

 

How International ETFs Work

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How International ETFs Work

Most Popular NFL Team by County

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We love our Broncos, eh?  I love to see all the Orange!

Go Peyton Manning, and go Broncos!

Most Popular NFL Team by County

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