Bond Basics

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 […]

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Anchors Aweigh!

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. […]

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Pearls of Wisdom

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 […]

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Are You Covered?

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 […]

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The High Cost of Free

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 […]

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What You Need to Know About the SECURE Act

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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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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