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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.

April 13, 2018

Paying Hidden Costs Because your Broker’s not a Fiduciary?

Investors often choose big banks and investment firms over smaller financial advisors because they think the brand name and size makes the service and product offerings better. In actuality, it’s often the reverse. Unless your firm is a Fiduciary, chances are there are sales quotas and contests for the non fiduciary, “suitability” reps, who are […]
March 19, 2018

The Imperfect Fiduciary Rule just got Worse

Last Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit struck down the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule, stating that it was “unreasonable’ that brokers handling investors’ retirement savings should be required to only act in clients’ best interest. Unreasonable for advisors to only act in their clients’ best interests? Let that sink in for […]
August 10, 2017

A True Measure of Uncompromised Advice

Do you remember the scene from the movie Matilda when Harry (Danny DeVito) shows his son his dodgy-car salesmanship? While highly over exaggerated in the film for the sake of comedy, it is true that whenever you buy something from a salesman, you should ask… what’s in it for them?  It’s safe to say that […]
June 26, 2017
Measuring value

Are You Getting Your Money’s Worth in Financial Advice?

Recent news about a new fiduciary rule has left many folks more confused than ever about fee structures, and concerned about whether they’re getting the best value from their financial advisor’s fees or their brokerage firm’s fee structure. According to a recent podcast from the Wall Street Journal, it’s not only how much you pay […]
April 26, 2017

Do Potential Changes to the Fiduciary Rule Mean Trouble for You?

A year ago the Department of Labor expanded the number of financial advisors required to adhere to the fiduciary standard for retirement asset and accounts. This was clearly good news for investors. Adoption has now been delayed, however, and the future of this consumer protection is not clear. Fiduciary means “Trust” The word “Fiduciary” (from […]
January 23, 2017
Fee-Only Financial Planning

Know the Difference between Fee-only vs. Fee-based Financial Advice?

Confused about the difference between Fee-Only Financial Planning and Fee-Based planning? You’re not alone. Financial planning jargon can be daunting when you’re just getting started. Understanding the difference between Fee-Only and Fee-Based, however, is important and could be the key to your long-term planning success. What is Fee-Only Financial Planning? Fee-Only financial planners are legally […]
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
401k

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
repapering

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 […]