Articlesby Brett Anderson, President, St. Croix Advisors, LLC
Americans have been fighting for our freedom since 1776. As America’s birthday is approaching its 245th birthday, I’ve been thinking. These days, I have trouble watching the news, local or national; I suspect you do too.
These days, I limit the time I spend on social media. I check to see what’s happening with family, friends, and clients, and I log off quickly. I don’t even have the Facebook app on my phone. One useful group I did find on Facebook was a retirement group where people pose retirement/investment questions to strangers to solicit advice.
Not a day goes by when someone doesn’t say to me, “I wonder where all my money goes?” or “I wish the month were a week or two shorter” or “I make a lot of money, I just don’t understand how I can spend so much of it.”
My favorite breakfast place in my hometown of Woodbury, Minnesota, is Keys. The Italian sausage is the best. I can’t remember ever ordering anything different there for breakfast.
Very few people have ever asked how I got started in the financial services industry. It’s not a story I generally volunteer unless someone asks, but now that I’ve survived this industry for twenty years, I thought I’d share it for those of you who haven’t heard it before.
For many, including myself, it’s easy to get fixed on one number: the value of our accounts. We never want or expect that number to drop below the number we have in mind.
My grandparents owned a local grocery store in St. Paul. They lived through the Great Depression, and they passed along many core values from their experience, but most important among them was to always make sure your neighbor has food. They never let their neighbors go hungry, even when they didn’t have enough money to pay.
Not everyone does New Year’s resolutions. Sometimes I do, and sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I’m successful in completing them, and sometimes I’m not.
I rarely get surprised at my young age, but it can happen.
I suspect Thanksgiving will look different for many of us this year. It’s my favorite holiday of the year.
The 2020 Presidential Election, no matter who wins, will impact your money and your future. Here are some things you should know.
2020 was off to such a great start! Wrapping up the holiday season with friends and family, winter vacation travel in full force, snowbirds enjoying life outside of this cold tundra, the economy roaring—how could it get any better?
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—isn’t that what we all seek? These three common goals unite all of us as Americans. It doesn’t matter your background, education, or occupation; we all strive for this. Aren’t those three items at the core of financial freedom?
I suspect you think I’ve gone off the rails this time. How can someone who makes a million dollars a year be broke?
With markets whipping between rallies and retreats, it’s natural to ask:
Is it time to buy? Is it time to sell? Are we near the bottom? Is the bear market finally over?
After weeks of headlines about the coronavirus outbreak, markets have been caught in a volatile pattern of surges and retreats.
We may have reached the end of our Life Lessons for the year, but the real lesson is this: the lessons never end.
Visualization is a powerful technique that can help anyone realize their dreams. To harness this power in your everyday life, make a dream board!
You don’t have to be a professor to take a sabbatical. Whatever your career, spending time away will help you recharge your batteries and refresh your spirit.
One line from the movie Remember the Titans sums up trickle-down leadership culture better than any management book ever could: “Attitude reflects leadership.”
Don’t say “trust me”—these days, the phrase is practically meaningless. Instead, demonstrate qualities that will make me want to trust you on my own.
I’m ready! What’s the next step?