Category Archives: Common Sense

3 Key (But Often Overlooked) Mutual Fund Return Statistics

Anyone who knows me knows that the minute I see a “Top” or “Best” list with regards to financial advisers or investments, I immediately want to do a detailed forensic analysis to substantiate or disprove such claims. As a plaintiff’s … Continue reading

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Investor Self-Protection Guide 2017

As a securities/ERISA attorney, Certified Financial Planner® professional and an Accredited Wealth Management Advisor®, I am interested in providing the public with quality financial advice and helping to address the ongoing problem of financial abuse and fraud. One of the … Continue reading

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How Fees and Expenses Affect Your Investment Portfolio

Informative piece from the Securities and Exchange Commission discussing an issue I’ve discussed on other posts and white pages on this blog. https://www.sec.gov/investor/alerts/ib_fees_expenses.pdf    

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CommonSense InvestSense – Account Management 2016

“Don’t gamble. Take all your savings and buy some good stock and hold it ’til it goes up then sell it. If it don’t go up, don’t buy it. Will Rogers If only it were that easy. While no one … Continue reading

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New eBook Now Available

My new eBook, “CommonSense InvestSense: New Strategies for Accumulating and Preserving Wealth,” is now available at amazon.com.

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Is Your 401(k) or 403(b) Really Protecting Your Best Interests?

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. Aldous Huxley I have seen a number of articles recently online and in the trade publication I receive talking about “retirement readiness,”how to better prepare a plan’s participants for a … Continue reading

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James W. Watkins, III, quoted in new 401(k) article

I was recently quoted in an article addressing best practices of leading 401(k) plans. The article raises a number of relevant issues regarding providing a meaningful plan to help plan participants accomplish their financial goals. The article, “Is your 401(k) … Continue reading

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