Apprise Wealth Management’s Selected Readings for the Week of May 12, 2019

College Graduates Throwing Cap in the Air

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Before we get to this week’s articles, I would like to wish all the mom’s out there a belated Happy Mother’s Day!

On May 8th, I gave a webinar: 5 Shifts: Will You Retire With Confidence? Please click here if you would like to listen to the replay.

Here are this week’s articles as well as a brief description of each:

1.   Help Your College Grad Become an Investor. We have some big achievements to celebrate in our family this year. First, our oldest son graduates from college on Friday. “Way to go, Joshua!” In addition our son Daniel is graduating from high school in a few weeks. We also have a nephew who just finished graduate school two nieces who graduated college last week, and another niece who is graduating high school. We are proud of all of them as well. One of the more meaningful ways you can help your graduate is to get them started with investing. After all, time in the market is one of the MOST powerful drivers of returns there is. This article offers four investment-themed gift ideas for the graduate in your family.

2.   2 Snap Judgments People Make When They First Meet You. When we meet someone new, first impressions count. According to research by a Harvard Business School psychologist, our snap judgments are aimed at answering two questions:

·        Can I trust this person?

·        Can I respect this person’s capabilities?

In order for your competence to matter though, people must trust you. This article offers some suggestions on how to “Master the Art of the First Impression.”

3.  A Retirement Checklist: 8 Steps to Take Now. If you want to maintain some type of quality of life in retirement it helps to plan. This article shares eight steps you can take to help prepare for a successful retirement. It starts with deciding what type of retirement lifestyle you desire and figuring out where you might want to live. Other factors to consider include healthcare considerations and creating a budget along with a financial plan.

4.  Breaking Free of Bad Habits. Whether we like it or not, it is commonplace for us to have at least a bad habit or two. Changing bad habits is hard, as it is easy to fall back into old routines. However, it is not impossible. This article offers some tips:

·        Become self-aware

·        Take baby steps and repeat

·        Don’t multitask

·        Merge current and new habits

·        Re-evaluate your connections

·        Embrace change

·        Develop keystone habits

5.   Retirement Is About More Than Money. According to most estimates, currently, about 10,000 Americans retire each day. Unfortunately, most of us spend more time on our vacation plans than we do planning for retirement. Uncertainty about our future can lead to anxiety. Of those who plan, most focus on the financial aspects. While important, there is much more to a true financial plan than money and an investment strategy. At Apprise, our Pathway to an Informed Retirement is designed to help you plan for a meaningful life in retirement.

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