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5 Ways to Improve Your Finances in March 03/07/2023

These are some great tips. Sometimes small financial changes can make a big difference.

5 Ways to Improve Your Finances in March If you’re looking for 5 ways to improve your finances in March, here’s how you can lower your tax bill and prepare for homebuying season.

The Fed’s Focus on Jobs 03/07/2023

The Fed’s focus on the labor market may lead to the Fed going too far with rate hikes. Read Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte’s thoughts in this week’s Market Commentary.

The Fed’s Focus on Jobs The seemingly strong job market may cause the Fed to go too far on interest rates. See our take in this week’s Northwestern Mutual Market Commentary.

03/01/2023

Reach your new level of financial confidence. We do financial planning differently, so you can. It’s an approach shown by Ernst & Young to give you better long-term financial outcomes than other approaches. Sound good? Let’s get started.

02/27/2023

With the right financial plan in place, creating the life of your dreams can be as easy as drag and drop. You have the goals, I just help you get there. Contact me to get started.

5 Financial Considerations Before Moving to a New City or State 02/22/2023

A recent Northwestern Mutual survey found that moving to a new city or state is a top life goal many people intend to pursue in the coming year. Reach out if you have questions about how a change of scenery could impact your financial plan.

5 Financial Considerations Before Moving to a New City or State Thinking about relocating to a new city or state? Here are five cost-related questions to research as you contemplate the move.

Hopes for a Soft Landing Fade 02/21/2023

A tight labor market remains the one constant in an ever-changing economy. See Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte’s take in this week’s Market Commentary.

Hopes for a Soft Landing Fade Strong retail sales and an uptick in wholesale prices increase the likelihood for continued rate hikes from the Federal Reserve. See our take in this week’s Northwestern Mutual Market Commentary.

02/20/2023

I can help you map out your goals so you can make someday a reality. I’m ready when you are.

How Three People ‘Unretired’ for Travel Perks — And What to Consider If You Want to Do the Same 02/19/2023

If you’re thinking about returning to work so you can travel in your golden years, we can help make sure your financial plan supports your dream.

How Three People ‘Unretired’ for Travel Perks — And What to Consider If You Want to Do the Same Consider these points if traveling during your golden years is a big part of your retirement dream. Here’s how 3 once retired women are funding their excursions.

What ESG Investing Means at Northwestern Mutual 02/15/2023

More people want to grow wealth in a way that positively impacts the environment and society, but they aren’t sure how — we can help you get started. 🌎

What ESG Investing Means at Northwestern Mutual Growing wealth in a way that positively impacts the environment and society is increasingly important to investors but getting started can be a challenge. Here’s how to get over the hump.

Has the Economy Come Full Circle? 02/14/2023

Many believe the tight labor market is a sign of a still-hot economy. See Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte’s take in this week’s Market Commentary.

Has the Economy Come Full Circle? The tight labor market is being heralded as a sign of a still-strong economy, but is that reading correct? See our take in this week’s Northwestern Mutual Market Commentary. 

02/11/2023

Sometimes it seems the taller they grow, the more you owe. The right financial plan can make what once felt daunting feel achievable and under control. Message me to get started!

02/10/2023

How can you reach a new level of financial confidence? Watch and see how our unique approach to planning can show you the way. Then let’s talk.

7 Smart Ways to Spend Your Year-End Bonus 02/09/2023

You should spend some now. But this is also a great time to tackle some financial goals.

7 Smart Ways to Spend Your Year-End Bonus It can be tempting to spend your year-end bonus right now, but there’s more you could be doing with your yearly windfall.

5 Ways to Improve Your Finances in February 02/07/2023

Here are some simple steps to keep your finances on track this month. Please reach out if you want to have a conversation about your situation.

5 Ways to Improve Your Finances in February This month, take stock of your retirement savings and start to prepare for tax season. Here are 5 ways to improve your finances in February.

Why the Data Isn’t as Mixed as It Seems 02/07/2023

A tight labor market remains a sticking point in the Fed’s battle against inflation. See Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte’s take on why the strong job market is only part of the full economic picture.

Why the Data Isn’t as Mixed as It Seems Fed Chairman Jerome Powell acknowledges improving inflation data, but the job market remains strong. See our take in this week’s Northwestern Mutual Market Commentary.

02/03/2023

24% of people who plan to make a career change in the next two years say they want to start a new business. If you’re taking that leap, reach out to me for help. And check out these 9 ways to get on the right track: https://www.northwesternmutual.com/life-and-money/financial-steps-to-take-before-starting-a-business/

*2022 Northwestern Mutual Great Realization Survey

02/01/2023

I’m honored to join the celebration of Black history and am grateful for the accomplishments and sacrifices of all those who came before.

Where Do We Go From Here? 01/31/2023

A stronger than expected GDP report and receding inflation numbers gave investors renewed optimism. See Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte’s take on why the picture may not be as it seems and how that could impact the Fed’s decision on rates.

Where Do We Go From Here? An unexpected drop in unemployment claims has renewed fears the Fed will go too far with rate hikes. See our take in this week’s Northwestern Mutual Market Commentary.

01/30/2023

Let’s toast to the good choices that got us here, as well as the financial plan to keep you going.

01/30/2023

This week I got to see old friends, learn new things, and celebrate our successes in Louisville (Lou-A-Val).

The author of my favorite personal finance book, The Psychology of Money, was a guest speaker. Morgan Housel reminded us that the greatest threat to our finances is our expectations, and we need to understand what enough is. “If your expectations grow faster than your income, you will never be happy.”

I made a new future close friend Ryan Leak that shared that chasing failure can take me further than chasing success ever could. He left me with the question that I am asking everyone, “what would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”

Finally, I shadowed box with Muhammad Ali at his center and won. While there, I read one of his quotes that resonated with me and, hopefully, you. “Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion.”

Photos from Bilal Afolabi - Northwestern Mutual's post 01/30/2023

This week I got to see old friends, learn new things, and celebrate our successes in Louisville (Lou-A-Val).

The author of my favorite personal finance book, The Psychology of Money, was a guest speaker. reminded us that the greatest threat to our finances is our expectations, and we need to understand what enough is. “If your expectations grow faster than your income, you will never be happy.”

I made a new future close friend that shared that chasing failure can take me further than chasing success ever could. He left me with the question that I am asking everyone, “what would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”

Finally, I shadowed box with Muhammad Ali at his center and won. While there, I read one of his quotes that resonated with me and, hopefully, you. “Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion.”

2023 Financial Resolutions 01/25/2023

Stop putting off that thing you keep talking about doing. Reach out so we can make a plan to help you do it in 2023.

2023 Financial Resolutions These are great 2023 financial resolution ideas. Make this the year you make a financial plan to do the things you want, now and in the future.

There’s Still Time to Pivot 01/24/2023

Weak retail sales and an unexpected drop in jobless claims renewed concerns of a too aggressive Fed. See Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte’s take on why the Fed still has room to avoid sparking a deep recession.

There’s Still Time to Pivot An unexpected drop in unemployment claims has renewed fears the Fed will go too far with rate hikes. See our view on why the Fed can still avert a deep recession in this week’s Northwestern Mutual Market Commentary.

01/21/2023

Learning how to create a budget can help you feel confident about covering your day-to-day expenses while still saving for future goals like retirement or college. Reach out to me for help making yours.

What Next for the Fed? 01/19/2023

Improving inflation data sent the markets higher; however, risks remain. See Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte’s take on why the Fed may need to revise its thinking on employment and inflation.

What Next for the Fed? With inflation continuing to drop, the Fed faces a decision on what it views as a normal, healthy economy. See our view in this week’s Northwestern Mutual Market Commentary.

How to Keep Your Financial Resolution 01/14/2023

Research finds that most people give up on their New Year’s resolutions nearly as soon as they make them. We can help you turn your resolution into goals and create a plan that shows you a path to reach them.

How to Keep Your Financial Resolution Research suggests many of us give up on New Year’s resolutions before we get to February. Here’s how to keep your financial resolution.

01/13/2023

The second Friday in January, known as Quitter’s Day, is when people are most likely to give up on New Year’s resolutions. But not you. Your financial plan turns resolutions into reality, with a personalized approach to achieving your goals.

Reach out to me to make sure your plan includes all the things you want in life—way past January 13.

Putting Aside Fed Distractions 01/13/2023

Here are some valuable insights from our chief investment officer about how challenges in the past year have paved the way for a healthier 2023 for the markets.

Putting Aside Fed Distractions In Northwestern Mutual’s Quarterly Market Commentary, we look at why 2023 should mark the end of COVID’s impact on the economy.

5 Ways to Improve Your Finances in January 01/12/2023

Please reach out if you’d like help getting off to a good financial start in 2023.

5 Ways to Improve Your Finances in January Let’s start the year off right, at least financially. Here are 5 ways to improve your finances in January.

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