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Behavioral Finance

Financial Planning Information

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.

June 20, 2018

Introducing Beers with Brad

We have hosted two very successful Beers with Brad financial literacy seminars in Gaithersburg, Maryland at Launch Workplaces.  We’ve had terrific beer from great local breweries around Maryland. I think when you’re able to relax and have a beer, hear what everyone else is thinking about financially and truly see that you are not alone […]
June 14, 2018
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How Much Money Do You Actually Need in America?

In my line of business, we talk a lot about wealth management. The idea, of course, is that financial planners and wealth managers assist you in creating a road map for your money that helps you grow savings for lifestyle goals like retirement, purchasing a home, or sending your kids to the college of their […]
February 15, 2018

Shocked by the Market’s Drop? Chalk it Up to Recency Bias

Whether you realize it or not, chances are good that you are prone to something called Recency Bias, which is the common tendency to think that what has been happening recently will continue to happen in the near future. If you, like many investors, are shocked and concerned about February’s sudden market volatility, it’s probably […]
September 25, 2017

Sinking

Imagine this: you are in a car and it is sinking. You try pulling on the door handles but they won’t open because the pressure on the outside of the car is much greater than the pressure inside the car.  What do you do?  More likely than not, you are now panicking and you can’t […]
September 12, 2017

I’m New Here

Our summer intern turned part-time associate Dan McKenna wrote a great piece about his experience being new to the biz that I thought was worth sharing. ___________________________________________________ I’m new here.   The best word I can think of for explaining the experience of being a freshly-graduated analyst entering this market is… baffling.  Every week I […]
July 7, 2017
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Is Financial Well Being the Key to Emotional Well Being?

When you think of your financial advisor or financial plan, how do you feel? Gratified? Anxious? Indifferent? How much would you say your advisor has contributed to your sense of emotional and financial well being? Most of us probably don’t ask ourselves those questions and yet, according to a 2016 Morningstar study, When More Is […]
April 4, 2017

8 Financial Mistakes to Avoid in Your 20s and 30s

Your 20s and 30s are an exciting time. You’re starting to build the life you envision for yourself, or perhaps you’re still seeking out new experiences to learn more about yourself and your goals. These are years when we expect to learn and grow by exploring jobs and careers, cultural experiences, social experiences and other […]
November 10, 2016
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Election Volatility Had You Spooked? Think of Your Goals

Were you keeping an anxious eye on your investment accounts leading up to last nights’ election? Are you relieved they seem to be climbing again? In spite of the plunge in the futures market last night as it became apparent that Donald Trump would beat favored Hillary Clinton to become America’s 45th President, much of […]
October 10, 2016

Don’t Let Emotions Get in the Way of Your Investing Goals

We all love to see quick results. Whether it’s career progress, a workout plan, or an investment portfolio, it’s exciting to see fast results. And it can be frustrating when progress doesn’t come quickly: when you’re not learning those guitar chords fast enough or your portfolio isn’t shooting ahead of the Dow. Achieving real progress […]
September 20, 2016
lifestyle creep

Got a Raise? Here’s How to Avoid Lifestyle Creep

We work with a lot of young professionals and because of that, we get the pleasure of seeing many of our clients progress up the ladder in their career. With this often comes more responsibility but also more money. A raise is something you should be proud of as it represents the payoff from the […]