Tools to Help Realize Your Year-End Charitable Giving Goals

Guest post by Jada Diedrich

As we enter the holiday season, we often feel compelled to evaluate, and frequently to increase, our charitable giving. This time of year, specifically, seems geared toward reminding us that giving to others can be personally fulfilling in a multitude of ways. In many cases, our deepest values guide us to give back to our communities, contributing to the causes that we hold most dear and where we can make an impact. (more…)

Happy Money: The New Science of Smarter Spending

Recommended Reading

If you think money can’t buy happiness, you’re not spending it right! At least, that is the conclusion of researchers Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton, two rising stars in of the world of behavioral science.

In Happy Money, Dunn and Norton provide an engaging and often entertaining tour of the latest research that shows, from the standpoint of personal well-being, how we can get the biggest bang for our bucks. (more…)

Plan for the Unexpected

As you are packing for a trip to another city, you prudently decide to check the 10-day weather forecast there. If it will be cold, you pack a heavy coat. If it is supposed to rain, you bring an umbrella. You want to be prepared. Similarly, you want a financial plan that anticipates the unexpected. (more…)