Sport. Runner.

Don’t Go It Alone

Danya Karram Brilliant Insights

Watching the inspiring stories of this summer’s Olympic athletes reminds us of the sacrifices and countless hours of training required to qualify for the world’s foremost sporting competition. In addition to being dedicated to a training regime, these athletes have trusted coaches who have supported them and pushed them to achieve their highest level of performance, allowing their Olympic dreams …

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Tips for a Smooth Trip to Retirement

Danya Karram Brilliant Insights, Retirement

I was talking with a friend of mine about financial planning recently, and she somewhat sheepishly admitted that she and her spouse spend considerably more time planning for their vacations than they do for their retirement. Afterward I realized that planning for both has many similarities. Everyone has a different ideal vacation destination. Some like the beach, some like the …

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Invest Like a Kid in a Candy Store!

Cern Basher Brilliant Insights

There are three simple time-tested rules in investing.  But like a lot of things, they are in need of an update.  This is the third post in a three-part series. The first post in this series discussed the importance of diversification.  Our Updated Rule #1 was: Diversify to the point of discomfort to control risk. The second post in this …

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Costs Matter More Than You Think

Cern Basher Brilliant Insights

There are three simple time-tested rules in investing.  But, like a lot of things, they are in need of an update.  This is the second post in a three-part series. The first post in this series discussed the importance of diversification.  Our Updated Rule #1 was: Diversify to the point of discomfort to control risk. Now for Original Rule #2: …

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It Pays to be a Savvy Saver from the Start

Cern Basher Brilliant Insights, Getting Started

We’re taught to save money from the time we get our first tooth fairy payment, but when we’re young, saving doesn’t always seem necessary. A common belief is that saving is for people who are getting ready to buy their own house, put their kids through college, or retire.   But in reality, it’s better to start saving long before any …

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How Hard is it to Find Your Perfect Financial Partner?

Cern Basher Brilliant Insights, Getting Started

Finding a financial advisor is a bit like finding a date. No, really, it is. Keep reading. When you go on a date you’re investing your time, and when you hire a financial advisor you’re investing your money, both of which are in limited supply. So, you want to ensure you make the right choice when undertaking both. Find prospects …

When Finding Your New Normal, Don’t Forget the Most Important Part

Cern Basher Brilliant Insights

Are you contemplating a career change or perhaps weighing the pros and cons of retirement? Maybe you’re anticipating the arrival of a new baby or you have children who are ready to leave the nest.  Or, on a more somber note, is the realization of divorce on the horizon or are you trying to find your way after experiencing the …