There has been a lot of chatter and rumbling about private investments over the last few years. Many famed investment managers have touted the performance of private equity and venture capital investing. The public has grown quite interested in understanding these investments and TV shows like Shark Tank have gained a lot of viewers and notoriety. Needless to […]
Here is a very common question I get as an advisor, “Should I pay off my mortgage?” This is a difficult question to answer for two reasons: Most of the people asking have already come to their own conclusion, and they’d be hard-pressed to be convinced otherwise. They are looking for confirmation rather than insight. […]
Today we are going to discuss what I would label as the most misunderstood word in finance – RISK. Historically the finance industry has conditioned us to use terms like conservative, moderate, and aggressive to describe our risk tolerance, but I am not sure everyone really knows what those terms actually mean. The word risk […]
For a retiree, there is plenty of media out there to help instill this fear that you may outlive your savings. Talks about rising healthcare costs, fearmongering about the next financial crisis, rumors of disappearing social security, etc. etc. etc. The financial “things-to-be-afraid-of” list seems to be never-ending. It is no wonder that many surveys […]
Trending As a financial advisor, you get used to the fact that if you show up to a family function or a gathering with friends you are bound to get asked a handful of questions on personal finance, the markets, the economy, etc. The funny thing about these questions is that they are almost always […]
Step One: Catch the Ball Here’s the scene: You’re a wide receiver and you line up for the final play of the game with your team down just one point. The coach calls the play and the quarterback hikes the ball. With some fancy footwork, you break loose from your defender and see that there […]
From the beginning, the intention of Thoughts On Money has been to take complex topics and simplify them to a short and palatable read. The goal is to help us all become better investors by incrementally improving our own knowledge base. Sometimes this means teaching you the vocabulary of investing and sometimes it means helping […]
From Bonds to Stocks Last week we had a discussion about what drives bond prices. So, it would only be appropriate to follow up that conversation with a discussion on what drives stock prices. This may seem like a difficult topic to tackle, but I bet you will be surprised by how simple the answer […]
Bonds are on FIYA! In the August 30th issue of David Bahnsen’s, Dividend Café, he included the chart below, which highlights the investment performance year-to-date of the investment-grade corporate bond sector. “I really don’t even know what to say about this. Rates have dropped. Spreads have tightened. And it would be tough to argue that […]
The Woes of Retail Banking My introduction to the world of finance was via a job in retail banking. Although I despised the job at the time, I’m thankful for what I learned while I was there. Basically, my role as a retail banker was to sell customers banking “products” whether they really needed it […]
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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.
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