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When I was home over the holiday break, my father asked me a very important question about why we are different from other large brokerage firms. I simply responded with an impatient answer: “We are an RIA, Dad.” At that …
Q4 2013 Newsletter from Financial Synergies Wealth Advisors, Inc.
Q3 2013 Newsletter from Financial Synergies Asset Management, Inc
At a recent event, I was introduced to a book called Living to 100. The book explores many of the factors that contribute to longevity and is based on research performed by the New England Centenarian Study. As you probably …
One of the toughest parts of my job as a financial advisor is experiencing the passing of a long-time client. Comforting a grieving family and helping to guide heirs through the account transfer process that follows is both challenging and …
Over the years I’ve come to realize that diversification can mean different things to different people. Most financial advisors preach diversification, but I’m often astonished by the allocation strategies that pass for “diversification” in the financial planning industry. Diversification is …
Beginning in the late 1960’s, a professor at Stanford University began a series of studies on delayed gratification. Pre-school children were given a single marshmallow and then offered a choice: they could eat the marshmallow immediately or they could wait …
Last week the world learned that 84-year-old Gloria MacKenzie was the sole winner of the $590 million Powerball jackpot. This makes her one of the biggest winners in lottery history. The widowed great-grandmother chose to receive her winnings as a …
We are often asked the question, “What makes you different?” There are many things that set us apart from our competitors, but there is also an official distinction we hold over the majority of other financial advisors. For more than …
The Retirement Salary® is our proprietary retirement income strategy. It is not an annuity or commission-based product. It is designed to provide retirees with a steady, predictable income while allowing the portfolio to continue growing over time. Please view the …

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