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When You Want to Sell a Business and Need a New Advisor

It started as a sneaking suspicion. Then it became a wistful conversation with your spouse on a long, tropical vacation. Now, you think it might be time to get serious about it. It’s time to sell your business. Who do you call first?  A new financial advisor. The Epiphany “I have four advisors but I […]

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Why Writing is The Most Valuable Professional Habit of an Advisor

“I only write when inspiration strikes. Fortunately, it strikes at nine every morning.” -William Faulkner It is the one-year anniversary of my commitment to the most valuable professional habit benefitting clients: Writing. It took 15 years to figure out, but consistently writing and sharing may be the most important thing I do for our clients, […]

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Cost of Trading Changes

The cost of trading changes at Charles Schwab and what it means for you and your financial advisor’s business. The Shifting Ground Under Our Feet The cost of trading has hit its lower limit: $0. In the last several weeks, after Charles Schwab announced that stock trades would be free, many major custodians and banks […]

Emeritus

How to Tell Your Financial Advisor Has Retired But Forgot to Tell You Have you ever seen the word ‘Emeritus’ after the name of a professional? Attorney, Emeritus. Shareholder, Emeritus. Professor, Emeritus.  It means that this person has retired but maintains an honorary role based on their lifetime of accomplishments.  One title you will rarely […]

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Finding Community

I have heard finding community described any number of ways, but one my favorite descriptions is “Being part of a community means being a part of something greater than you. It’s about sharing, growing and opening up to who you are and what you believe in.” I believe our lives are filled with many different […]

The Zeal of a Convert: My Origin Story

Earlier this year, in his weekend “Intelligent Investor” column in the Wall Street Journal, Jason Zweig wrote a memorial tribute to Jack Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group, that compared him to St. Paul, the early Christian missionary. When Zweig wrote that Bogle “blazed with the zeal of the convert” the words jumped off of […]

Who Needs a Plan? We Do. You Do.

It is a fair question to ask your financial advisor if he or she “eats their own cooking.” In other words, do they invest in the same way that they advise their clients to invest? If so, it shows that they have strong enough beliefs about investing to follow their own advice. That would be […]

One Year On: Freedom, Fearless, Celebrate

Morton Brown Family Wealth has crossed the milestone of one year since our founding. Katie and I continue to be overwhelmed with gratitude for the trust of the families whom we serve, the team who has bought into our vision, and all of the family and friends who give loving support for the work that […]

Questions to Ask When Hiring a Financial Advisor

When someone reaches the point when they need financial advice, the idea of interviewing a professional is intimidating. For many years, we met with people who admitted that they did not know what to ask and were making decisions on hiring a financial advisor based on their gut. You can imagine the risk in that. […]