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 […]
Things Ain’t What They Used To Be If you hang around the personal finance “water cooler” long enough, you are bound to hear stories about retirement planning of yesteryear. Perhaps your grandfather worked for the same company for 30+ years, and when he decided to call it quits, he had a pension waiting for him. […]
Today on Thoughts On Money we have another guest post from Kenny Molina. Kenny dives into the world of behavioral economics and provides some tips for avoiding unwanted anchors. We’ve also included a link to the most recent TOM Podcast where you will find a conversation with David Bahnsen and I discussing some of the recent posts from TOM. […]
Last week we discussed pearls of wisdom and highlighted some financial tidbits that one might want to pass down to the next generation. I received some incredible emails from readers sharing their own pearls of wisdom and I loved hearing their stories about some different financial truths that made a big impact on them throughout […]
Hello and welcome to the latest publication of Thoughts on Money. Before we get started today, I wanted to recommend that you listen to the most recent Dividend Café podcast/vidcast that was published earlier this week. Here you’ll find The Bahnsen Group Investment Committee discussing all things trade war and what a prudent portfolio manager ought to […]
One of the basic objectives of TOM is to help bring to light common financial mistakes, pitfalls, and oversights. Although each of us has our own unique financial plans, we all face similar obstacles. One of these common obstacles is identifying the right amount of life insurance one would need. I’ve found that most people […]
Welcome to Thoughts On Money! Today we have another contribution from The Bahnsen Group’s, Kenny Molina. Kenny pulls back the curtain on some of the new FinTech (financial technology) tools and how they might be the gateway “drug” for the next generation of speculators. It’s interesting that these tools which seek to make things more […]
If you were to do an internet search on “retirement statistics” you would get a plethora of depressing results about how Americans are ill-prepared for retirement. Earlier this year the Ways and Means Committee presented their solution to improve the landscape for retirement savers via the SECURE (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) Act. The SECURE Act is a proposal to […]
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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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