Inflation

We live in colorful times.

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

Time spent watching Red Skelton, the Honeymooners, and even Churchill’s funeral with Grandpa Roy planted lasting memories of a black and white world. But the world was never truly black and white, and discerning the colors of today’s global economic and investment...

The Times are a-Changin’

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

What do the Watts Riots, Beatlemania, Kennedy’s Assassination, ZIP Codes, the Vietnam War, Cassius Clay’s first World Heavyweight Championship, South African Apartheid and Nelson Mandela’s lifetime prison sentence, Buffalo Wings, Martin Luther King’s “dream” speech...

The Perils of Ignoring the Bull

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

Don’t fight this bull. It could destroy your future. The Dotcom Bubble burst in early 2000, killing the last secular bull market. Since then, we have had two major bear markets, one driven by economics and the other by financial panic. As recently as 2013, the stock...

Lessons from the Game of Risk

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

    The game of Risk was one of my favorites as a kid. It taught me some of my most important rules about successful risk-taking. I was pretty good at the game. Battle strategies I used routinely to conquer the world seem to translate into modern financial...