Most people have had to downsize one way or another — whether it’s because of divorce, retirement, or moving into a shoe box in Manhattan. It seems like an impossible task at times, but what I have learned is that anxiety can be vanquished! (That is, with a little help… Continue Reading..
The holidays are a magical time of year, but I think too many people are making them last too long — no, I’m not talking about the people who leave their lights or trees up past Valentine’s Day. I’m talking about overspending in December and paying it off until June.… Continue Reading..
Why do people fall for scams? Scams are as old as the human condition. Research has suggested that might be due to a biological explanation, but psychologists have been studying people’s responses to scams and potential scams — and the results offer insights that may help prevent people from falling… Continue Reading..
Fresh from a vacation in the deep South, I’m feeling grateful for my ability to travel — which is made possible by my all-star team. As I was taking a horse-and-buggy ride around Charleston, South Carolina, Sharon Wilson took the driver’s seat at Judith Heft & Associates. Again, I am… Continue Reading..
Last week I talked about a special project we’ve been working on to help settle an estate. This week I have another special project to talk about, centered around divorce. I recently received a referral from a financial advisor colleague. It involved a very high-profile divorce featuring an ex-wife (Diane)… Continue Reading..
I’m so proud of the work Judith Heft & Associates has done helping seniors manage their money and avoid scams. Every now and then, though, we are contacted by potential clients and their trusted advisers with extraordinary projects that really make us flex our brain muscles and think outside the… Continue Reading..
In my last article I talked about a service that takes your spare change and invests it for you. Today I’ll be talking about the opposite — things that steal your spare change. The biggest one is not canceling your unused subscriptions. They are like death-by-a-thousand-papercuts for your bank account.… Continue Reading..
Banking and investing have really changed since when I was first starting out. Investing, in particular, seemed out of reach. As a young woman (and now as an entrepreneur), I never had a benefits package of any kind — much less access to an employer-matching 401k or IRA. A new… Continue Reading..
Traveling abroad enriches your senses, opens your mind, and is generally good for your personal development. It can also be a source of stress if you’re not careful. So how can you be careful? Below I’ve compiled a list of things that will make you more secure, and hopefully less… Continue Reading..
“Just write a check.” That legendary Heft family quote did not come from either of my parents, but from my 8-year-old sister. Somehow, she had mastered the concept of floating a check early on, like a true prodigy. I retold this story while I was training to become a Certified… Continue Reading..