Puzzles Over Quilts

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 […]

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Risky Business

We all know that life is full of surprises, and we should know that it’s important to have a plan to manage life’s surprises.  In finance, we call these surprises risk.  Risk is the chance that something could wrong. There is a big difference between being proactive and reactive when it comes to managing risk.  […]

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The Sky is Falling

Things rise and fall, start and stop, expand and contract – it’s a fact of life.  School children take a recess, middle-aged men get receding hairlines, and business cycles have recessions. Are we going to have a recession?  Yes.  Should I be concerned?  No….not if you’re a prudent investor. Being a smart investor requires a […]

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Bad Behavior

When it comes to investing, one of the biggest obstacles that an investor must overcome… is themselves.  In today’s TOM we examine a real life story about the costs and consequences of bad investor behavior that we can all fall victim to. “Imagine how much harder physics would be if electrons had feelings!” -Richard Feynman […]

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A SORR Subject

This week I was working on a financial plan with another advisor at The Bahnsen Group, and we got into a conversation about sequence-of-returns risk (SORR).  I was reminded of how important this topic is yet how little is known about it.  While we’ve mentioned it in previous TOM articles, it deserves a dedicated observation of […]

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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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