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Sherman Wealth Management provides you with relevant financial planning information to give you the resources you need to make informed choices. Read through our posts below and contact us to set up a free call for more information on creating a custom financial plan.

September 12, 2016
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Teachers: Who is Managing Your 403(b)?

With autumn just around the corner, many teachers have returned to their classrooms. The end-of-summer teacher ritual of decorating, stapling and contacting parents has made its return. I know from personal experience, though, that teachers would be wise to use any spare time to investigate their retirement accounts and determine whether their money is being […]
September 6, 2016
How to Cut Spending

How to Cut Back on Spending Like a Billionaire

Even the richest few people in the world maintain some financially cautious habits. Warren Buffett (who, by our math, is worth more than all of the NFL’s teams combined) famously still lives in the same Omaha house he bought for $31,500 in 1958. Many of the world’s wealthiest don’t indulge in extravagance, even with billions […]
August 26, 2016
Financial Knowlege

The Importance of Personal Finance Knowledge

For years, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has tracked American personal finance knowledge through a survey about saving habits and basic financial principles. FINRA recently released the results of its 2015 survey, which includes the fact that only 37% of those who took the survey could answer four of the five questions on a […]
August 18, 2016
Summer Intern

Summer Interns: Time to Focus On Long-Term Gains

The light at the end of the tunnel is nearing for America’s summer interns. Full-time offers will be tendered, sighs of relief exhaled and paychecks cashed. Interns who receive offers will be bright-eyed with lofty visions of moonshot careers at their new place of employment. As these interns begin to accept the end of college […]
August 15, 2016
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Donald Trump Takes a Stand on 401(k) Investments

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has had one of the most hectic campaigns in recent memory. He has made so many newsworthy remarks that it is hard to keep up. One day last week was particularly impressive as he made over 10 news-making assertions in under 24 hours. These included initially refusing to endorse House […]
August 10, 2016
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Why Playing It Safe Could Hurt Your Retirement

A new survey from Bankrate indicates that many Americans hold quite a low view of the stock market. In answering what was the best way to invest money unneeded for at least 10 years, real estate (25%) and cash (23%) took the top spots, followed by the stock market and gold (16% each) in a […]
August 3, 2016
Fear of Investing

Fear Keeps Millennials on Investing Sidelines

Millennials are nervous about investing. Recent surveys have shown that 70% of millennials keep their savings in cash rather than invest it in the stock market. But by not investing early on, these people in their 20s and early 30s miss out on the key advantage they have at a young age: time. Because your investment […]
July 27, 2016
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The Conflicts of Interest Around 401(k)s

A new study in the Journal of Finance has found that conflicts of interest in 401(k) plans can lead to serious losses for individual investors. More specifically, the 2,500 funds surveyed were less likely to eliminate underperforming funds that were their own rather than another provider’s fund. This can be very costly to retirement savers. […]
July 20, 2016

Financial Failings of NBA Legend Antoine Walker

Former NBA All-Star forward Antoine Walker possessed a varied skill-set that enabled him to play both inside and outside. A big man who also shot the three, Walker was notorious for his hilariously erratic shot selection and, later in his career, an aversion to running that led to lazy play. The quality of financial advice […]
July 18, 2016
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Advisors Repapering Your Account: What to Know

The White House’s report on conflicting financial advice estimates that there is a staggering $1.7 trillion invested in products that generate conflicts of interest for advisors—meaning products that advisors earn a commission for selling to clients—leading to a loss of 12% in a retirement account’s value over 30 years. To combat this, the Department of […]