Misguided Mary

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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Please, Save Me!

Last week on TOM we discussed a simplified system for categorizing and self-assessing your personal finances; we called it your Personal Financial Report Card.  This financial report card was broken down into 6 categories:  Earn, Save, Spend, Protect, Grow, and Give.  Hopefully, your self-assessment provided some good perspective on where you currently stand and where […]

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A Primer on Alternatives

Many of us are familiar with the traditional asset classes, such as stocks, bonds, and cash, but probably less familiar with a class of investments categorized as “Alternatives” or “Alternative Investments.”  I thought TOM would be the perfect place to provide a primer on the topic.  Who knows, maybe you were reviewing your investment statement […]

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Fool Me Twice, Shame On Me

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post called Whitewashing a White Lie where I highlighted the dangerous influence the media and others can have on us in these volatile market conditions.  The advice was to guard yourself against these potentially misleading influences because when we walk into a situation uninformed we can often become highly impressionable. […]

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about the author

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.

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