THOUGHTS ON MONEY [TOM] is a place to find simple truths on money. Everything from budgeting to investing to decision making. A great place to come for answers to your own personal financial questions or to spark thought on how to improve your financial life. Enjoy an easy to read, application focused commentary.
Hello TOM Subscribers, This week we welcome back Kenny Molina for another guest post. Kenny covers the allure of so-called “easy money” investments and the historical evidence around the financial destruction left in their wake. Kenny provides some fascinating research and prudent advice to help all of us avoid these financial traps. So sit back, relax, and enjoy! […]
Welcome back, TOM readers, today we will be continuing the Graduate’s Guide to Personal Finance. You can find part one of this two-part series here. As we discussed, this guide was crafted to help new graduates navigate the complex world of personal finance. This guide is also a great reference for equipping parents and grandparents […]
This month, Summer officially begins. Isn’t it a wonderful time of the year! A time to enjoy the outdoors, a time for vacations, and a time for students to take a break from school. For some students, this Summer represents a graduation milestone from high school or college; truly one of those BIG life transitions. Those […]
In this week’s Thoughts on Money, we address the dangers of following the herd when it comes to your investment strategy. We’ve written before about being careful not to succumb to the news media as your gauge of what is worth investing in and that it is best to start with a plan and stick […]
Hello TOM Subscribers, This week we have another guest post from our own, Kenny Molina. Kenny shared his thoughts on behavioral finance a few weeks ago and is back again. This week Kenny will be discussing the F.I.R.E. movement that is sweeping the world of personal finance and he will discuss whether all the potential […]
Buzzwords. They can be really annoying, right? At their inception, they are the perfect descriptor, and that’s why they are so catchy. Then they flood the conversation and quickly lose their potency. Eventually maturing into plain old industry jargon. Here’s one for you: Holistic Financial Planning. Again, at its infancy, I can understand why the […]
We are fearful of all sorts of market monsters that may be creeping around the corner – recessions, volatility, rising interest rates, etc. – but there is another monster that we just don’t pay enough attention to even though it’s constantly lurking in the shadows. I am just going to come right out and say […]
Hello TOM community, I am excited to introduce a guest post from one of my favorite colleagues here at The Bahnsen Group, Kenny Molina. Kenny works with our Solutions & Analytics team and holds an advanced certification as a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA®). Along with his many skills and talents that he brings to […]
Last week on Thoughts On Money [TOM] we discussed my friend Mary and how she had been misguided by her former advisor. The lesson learned was that it’s important to know what you own and why you own it. If something smells fishy about the advice you are getting, then trust your intuition and dig […]
Today I’m going to tell you a story about Mary. Mary is retired and perhaps the sweetest person you could ever meet. The type of person that just lights up the room. Someone that always makes you feel like family. Some years ago I was honored with the opportunity to steward over Mary’s investments. As is […]
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Trevor Cummings, CFP®
Trevor is a Private Wealth Advisor focused on building customized financial plans for his and many clients of the team.
As the author of TOM [Thoughts On Money], Trevor endeavors to write and speak about financial concepts and principles in a kind of “straight” talk demeanor and posture.
He received his Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Biola University and his MBA from California State University, Fullerton.