20% of identity thefts are friendly fraud. Fraud done by people you know. College students are especially at risk because of the social nature of living in dorms. It’s not uncommon for students to let someone else borrow a laptop - and they rarely, if ever, create a second user… Continue Reading..
I recently read an article in the New York Times about the balance between work and family. Specifically, how some women choose to keep their maiden names because they have built a career using it -- and how many of those same women change to their married name in order… Continue Reading..
Last Friday started out like any other day. My daughter was nine months into her pregnancy, so I sent out my daily text to check on her. When 2:30 rolled around and I hadn't heard back, I got the feeling that I was in the middle of becoming a grandmother.… Continue Reading..
Last week I found myself, once again, wading through page after page of insurance policies in an effort to understand where a peculiar debit came from in a client’s bank account. An older gentleman, this client already had a history of being scammed. In fact, he only became my client after having… Continue Reading..
As the sun begins to set on National Get Organized Month, I hope I’ve left you with some good ideas about how to get your finances, and your life, in order. But my work is not yet done. In this post, I encourage you to take a minute to think… Continue Reading..
The year is two weeks old and already resolutions to stay organized are wilting to the forces of human nature, like so many uneaten rice cakes and carrot sticks have before. In the spirit of National Get Organized Month, I’ve come up with a few “best practices” that will take you beyond… Continue Reading..
Starting in March, Social Security will require that all beneficiaries receive their payments electronically. As I was explaining this major change to some apprehensive seniors, I was reminded of how intimidating financial matters can be for them, and how vulnerable some of them are to scams. Elder financial abuse has… Continue Reading..
If your goal this year is to become more organized, experts agree: it’s best to take baby steps. Moving slowly into your new way of doing things will increase your chances of success. Setting overly ambitious goals and then failing to live up to them leads to a self-defeating mindset… Continue Reading..
My role as a financial concierge is more than just paying bills and balancing checkbooks. I look out for my clients’ best interests in a broad sense, going above and beyond to advocate on their behalf. Paying attention to detail It happens: bills go unpaid. People may neglect their bills… Continue Reading..
As 2012 draws to a close, now is the time time to begin preparations for all of your End-of-Year reporting and tax requirements. Meeting with your accountant is the most important financial thing you can do to get ready for the end of the year, and it’s not too late. Your… Continue Reading..