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THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT FINANCIAL TOOLS FOR 2017

This post heading is NOT a myth, for once. Think about common risks in your life and the tactics you use to minimize or avoid them. If you’re trying to lose weight then you burn more calories (read: Exercise) and consume fewer or at least better calories (quality proteins, greens, fruits & oils versus sugars, …Read More


Interview with The Suit Magazine

1. Gary Duell, you are the Owner and Founder of Duell Wealth Preservation. What sparked your interest in this line of work and what were you doing professionally prior to this firm? What is the history of this firm?* I began my career as an agent for Farmers Insurance.  *After 15 years I was bored …Read More


All Advisers Are Well-Versed On Distributions From Retirement Plans

Yes this is a myth.  And here’s a case in point from IRA guru Ed Slott’s recent article in Financial Planning magazine.  The Greens were awarded $50,000 by the arbitrator! PRACTICE FINRA Award Goes to Client After Advisor’s Tax Oversight By Ed Slott April 11, 2016 Twitter   LinkedIn   Facebook   Google +   Email …Read More


What I Learned From Bullies as a Child

This blog title isn’t a myth and I’m sure doesn’t appear to have anything to do with things Financial.  But it does.  Bear with me.Throughout elementary school I was in most cases the smallest kid in the class.  Even the girls.  As a result I was alluring fodder for the bullies. One especially relentless and …Read More


ADVISERS DON’T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE

Well, according to a recent survey by John Hancock Retirement Plan Services (as reported by the American Retirement Association) there is “an impressive retirement preparations gap among those who use the services of a financial advisor”(sic) and those who do not. Here are some stats: Regarding 401(k)s, those with advisers were more than twice as …Read More


ADVISERS DON’T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE

Well, according to a recent survey by John Hancock Retirement Plan Services (as reported by the American Retirement Association) there is “an impressive retirement preparations gap among those who use the services of a financial advisor”(sic) and those who do not. Here are some stats: Regarding 401(k)s, those with advisers were more than twice as …Read More


THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS

This blog heading is colloquially true, especially when it comes to Investment Adviser contracts.  A recent review of compliance violations found- first of all- that 22% of advisers didn’t have contracts with their clients.  A contract isn’t required unless a fee of some kind is collected from or owed by a client.  So if you …Read More


I CAN’T AFFORD TO SAVE ANY MONEY THIS YEAR

The heading of this post is, as usual, a myth.  You can save money this year.  Thanks to WealthManagement.com for some of these tips: I think all parents of college-bound kids are aware of the FAFSA.  There is no charge for this application for student aid.  And the early bird gets the worm; funds are limited. …Read More


You Can Wait Until You Are 62 To Plan How to Take Social Security Benefits

The title of this post isn’t a myth.  It’s true.  You can wait until age 62.  It’s just a bad idea.  If you are 50, you may still have time to start working on an ideal cash flow plan for your 60’s & 70’s. I know.  So much can change over 10, 20 years.  And a …Read More


There is One Best Trick for Maximizing Social Security Benefits

Do you get a lot of emails with the words “trick”, “weird” “secret”, “epic” and so on to the ends of hyperbole & hubris?  I do.  So I remind you again that the title of this blog- like all my titles -is a big, fat MYTH.  There are two moving parts to Social Security benefit …Read More