Money Wisdom & Musings

Here's your source for thoughts and observations on all things financial (and otherwise). Topics can range from tips on your personal well being to the well being of your investments. As always, we welcome your comments and feedback.

Live from my standing desk

Posted by Mackenzie Arsenault on October 5, 2016
Live from my standing desk

Currently Americans sit for nearly six hours per day and research has proven that this type of inactivity can lead to early death and cancer. However standing isn’t necessarily the fix, any non-activity for an extended period of time can be unhealthy whether it’s sitting or standing. In a world driven by screens we need to remind ourselves to get moving; take a walk or choose the stairs…

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The Pendulum Swings Towards Corporate Responsibility

Posted by on October 3, 2016

Morningstar, a leader in investment research and mutual fund analysis, has launched new Sustainability Ratings in partnership with Sustainalytics. This new rating system is applied across all mutual funds whether they are considered to be a ‘SRI’ (Socially Responsible Investment) or not. The new rating system reveals that many non-SRI funds are indeed sustainable. With Morningstar’s new…

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The "Good Old Days"

Posted by Jill Boynton on August 3, 2016

Were “the good old days” really that good? Memory is a funny thing. We tend to remember good things that happened more than bad, perhaps contributing to the generalization that life in past years was better than it is today.  Morgan Housel, of The Motley Fool, examined that idea recently and found it to be inaccurate in at least 3 economic areas. First, Housel looked into the common idea that…

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Thoughts from a Hammock

Posted by Susan Veligor on July 27, 2016

Amidst these lazy hazy days of summer, many of us find an escape from the routine work week to indulge in a bit of R&R. This probably isn’t the environment under which one considers their finances – and that is perfectly okay! However, you may have a child who is out mowing lawns, scooping ice cream, camp counseling or otherwise engaged in some income producing labor. And this presents an…

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Posted by on June 6, 2016
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

  Cornerstone held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house to celebrate their new offices on Union Wharf. Mayor Strimling and Joe Pickering from the Chamber of Commerce presided. Oysters on the half shell (from BP’s Shuck Shack) and Jumbo shrimp cocktail (by Vinnie Veligor) rounded out other delightful delectables provided by Foodworks of India Street. We are grateful to our many guests who…

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Day of Caring 2016

Posted by on June 6, 2016
Day of Caring 2016

Here we are at Memorial Park in Biddeford for United Way’s Day of Caring. We helped create a “learning” trail for young folks, replete with actions to support their evolving education. We love primary colors!

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Online Retirement Calculators May Fall Short

Posted by Jill Boynton on May 1, 2016

Recently a study of 36 online retirement planning tools found that most give misleading advice, often showing outcomes that are far more favorable than the results that would come out of retirement planning software used by financial planners. This could be very harmful to users who may think they are confidently on the path to retire when, in fact, they are not taking the necessary steps. The…

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Hullabaloo around a “Fiduciary Rule”

Posted by Susan Veligor on April 19, 2016

The long-awaited Department of Labor’s ruling emerged in final form last week. This ruling is for the protection of the people and their retirement savings and requires those in the brokerage world to adopt a higher standard and to act as “fiduciaries”; that is, to put their clients’ interest first. And while many investors assumed their interests always did come first, that is not the…

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Making Sense of the Market

Posted by Jill Boynton on February 5, 2016

The stock market so far this year has been up and down like a roller coaster. Year-to-date we have had 13 trading days when the S&P 500 Index was up or down at least 1% and the index is currently down about 5% for the year. Investors are feeling a bit whipsawed, and worried about their portfolios. Yet are the current market movements really so crazy? A relatively tranquil market since the 2008…

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New Year; New Goal

Posted by Susan Veligor on January 4, 2016

The start of the New Year generally breeds great energy and enthusiasm for tackling ones goals. How about getting your estate documents in order for 2016? The term “Estate planning” sounds big and complicated and probably for rich people, right? Actually estate planning is applicable for everyone including college students, young families and on through the ages. It merely means that you have…

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