Analysis of Janet Yellen’s Speech Last Week

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Our weekly market commentary reports that a  quote from Harry S. Truman was invoked to describe Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s speech at the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium last week. In her opening comments, Yellen confirmed the economy had improved and suggested more data was needed before the Fed could determine its path. She said: […]

Our Approach as Retirement Investment Advisors

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We don’t buy and forget. I want to help you to understand the steps that I take so that my “buy and hold” strategy for long-term investing does not turn into “buy and forget.” The mission of our firm incorporates a focus on “proven, time-tested investment solutions.”  Such solutions for my clients include a proactive approach […]

Commentary About GDP Figures Across Europe

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If you have young children or grandchildren, you may have read “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst. Well, that’s what last week was like on the European continent from an economic perspective. Our weekly market commentary reports that hopes of economic recovery were put on hold when gross […]

TV Interview with Ron and Matt

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Check out the interview with Ron and Matt on WOWT-TV about their bike trip across the United States this summer. The video clip also includes a spotlight on the VODEC teaching kitchen project.             To view the news story: 1.  Go to 2.  Type “Ron Dickinson” in the Search […]

Market Commentary About Italy and Columbia

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 During the dog days of summer, a triple dip – three melting scoops of frozen goodness perched precariously on a waffle cone – can be delicious. However, as our weekly market commentary notes, there are other kinds of triple dips that are a lot less welcome. Just look at Italy. Last week, the Italian National […]

Getting From Here To There

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When you work with us, we’ll help you to save and invest, then grow and protect your money for retirement. This video shows how some folks rely on luck when it comes to getting ready for retirement. It’s better to have a strategy. The road between “here and there” is shorter when you know the […]

7 Steps to Financial Security

7 Steps To Financial Security

    Most people today are deeply concerned about our economy and about how it impacts their own personal finances.  For those who are unemployed or are struggling to maintain full employment, their financial security takes center stage for them.  For those folks who are nearing retirement age and who have worked and sacrificed for […]

Get Out of Debt

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Let’s be blunt.  Debt is, more than anything else, the enemy of wealth. While taking on some debt is a near certainty in everyone’s life – after all, not many of us can afford to pay cash for a house – debt is something that can be managed, reduced, and eventually eliminated from our financial […]

Save For Emergencies

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Grandma was right.  It’s a smart idea to save some money for a rainy day. The road to financial security isn’t a straight and easy one.  Because life has a tendency to wreck our plans at the worst possible times, an important step to building wealth is creating an emergency fund to help you withstand the […]

Get Good Tax Advice

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Taxes and inflation are facts of life.  In his book 18 Common Sense Rules for Enjoying a Successful Retirement, Ron Dickinson teaches about the value of securing trustworthy tax guidance in conjunction with your retirement planning. (This is the fourth article in the “7 Steps to Financial Security” series.)   A Common Objection We hear […]