NFL Player Makes $3.6 Million But Lives On $60,000

NFL Player Makes $3.6 Million But Lives On $60,000 -- This is a true story that any investment coach or financial advisor has to love. In August the Business Insider reported that Ryan Broyles, a Detroit Lions wide receiver has a contract for $3.6 million but supports his family on a budget of $60,000. This is one smart man. Read more »

Business Owners: Avoid These Exit Strategy Pitfalls

Business Owners: Avoid These Exit Strategy Pitfalls -- The latest issue of Family Business features an article about the importance of business owners making their exit strategy plan early. Barbara Spector writes about “ The Owner’s Journey” a new Columbia Business School/U.S. Trust white paper that reveals the exit-planning activities of eight business owners, including five who owned family businesses. Here are a few major pitfalls the report and its authors point out. Read more »

5 Times When You Should Spend Your Money

My job is to help high net worth individuals and business owners save and invest. But today I want you to know that sometimes it’s good to spend your money. I write this with some trepidation. I don’t want to encourage anyone to spend money needlessly. I do want to encourage you to save and invest as much as you can. But sometimes spending either makes good financial sense or it’s a reward that you deserve. Considering spending money in situations like these:   Spend when the item you’re buying may well increase in value This concept comes up mainly with young people. When they’re […] Read more »

7 Things You Should Never Hear From Your Financial Advisor

High net worth individuals and business owners know a lot about investments, making money, and growing their finances. But I’ll guarantee you something. I’ll guarantee you that no matter how much you know before you set foot in an advisor’s office, you will probably encounter unfamiliar financial jargon and advice. Things will be said that you have no way of validating or judging. If that happens to you and the advisor can’t or won’t clarify, strongly consider finding another advisor. Business owners and high net worth individuals should run from coaches or advisors who use wording or techniques similar to what I’ve listed here. “I […] Read more »

5 Powerful Actions To Transform Your Business, Your Team, and Your Community

The best business books can vastly improve the way we run our organizations. The best books make us not just better leaders, better business owners, and better workers, but also better citizens and people. And so I gladly agreed to write a foreword to the best seller, The Serving Leader, by John Stahl-Wert and Ken Jennings. Stahl-Wert and Jennings propose that the key to business (and community) success is what they call the philosophy of the Serving Leader. Hold onto your hats. This type of leader probably breaks every leadership principle you think you know. The first of the five powerful actions the book proposes […] Read more »

Family Businesses Often Overlook Risks To Family Members

Your family business may be well protected from risks but what about your family members? Could the family business do major damage to the family? Are there risks you can remove or protect against? A new family business study indicates that most family businesses lack a regular risk management process that covers the entire enterprise including risks to the family. A report in the May/June 2015 Family Business magazine on the Crystal & Company and Family Office Metrics study said the study found only 30% of the 159 online survey participants have an enterprise-wide risk management process. This concerns me because some business owners focus […] Read more »