In what is one of my absolute favorite financial books of the past decade, The Psychology of Money, Morgan Housel introduces us to the concept of “appealing fictions.” Housel defines an appealing fiction as follows: Something you desperately want to be true because of potential huge upside.Is backed up by limited or no data, observation, or reasonable common sense.Polarizing in nature drawing people into factions or tribes. He goes on to describe these “extremely powerful” narratives ... [Continue Reading]
Articles and Publications
A library of topical publications and articles written by CCM team members specifically for our clients.
“I’m sad and happy for you.” Some might consider that an odd response to news of a divorce. I have found it to be the best way to acknowledge a very complex situation. I lead off my response with sad, as divorce is a uniquely painful experience. On top of the emotional and psychological challenges, there are many impactful financial matters to be worked through. Division of Financial Labor In many couples, there is one partner who gravitates toward doing more of the financial workload. ... [Continue Reading]
At CCM, we believe an integrated financial plan is key to best supporting our clients in fulfilling their financial goals. In our experience, families benefit most from integration that incorporates investment, estate, tax, retirement, risk management, and philanthropic plans. Since qualified charitable distributions (QCDs) and donor advised funds (DAFs) are tax-efficient charitable giving strategies, their impact is significant across three of the disciplines CCM emphasizes and, thus, the ... [Continue Reading]
May 29 is 529 College Savings Day—a day to raise awareness about the value of planning and saving for higher education expenses with 529 plans. With that in mind, we have some insights and reminders for you about this important savings vehicle. Education expenses represent one of the largest financial commitments that people make in their lifetime. Pairing that with earnings potential derived from education, it is also one of the most important purchases that many people will make. In ... [Continue Reading]
Ben Franklin famously penned, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” I would venture to guess that if he were around today, he would allow me to include stock market volatility as a third item on that list. But fortunately, unlike the other two examples, market volatility is typically short-lived and doesn’t have to be a permanent impediment to future success. In fact, sudden changes in prices to reflect newly available information is normal and ... [Continue Reading]