The Jentner Blog

How to Help Protect Your Identity

Posted on September 13, 2016

Most of us enjoy the conveniences of shopping online. But in this digital age, it is more important than ever to protect yourself against cyber-crime and identity theft. What can you do? 1.    Make sure you secure all documents that contain confidential information. Shred copies or out-of-date documents. Use a cross-cut shredder or a reputable shredding company. 2.    Create passwords that are complex. Combine numbers, letters, and symbols. Cyber thieves are getting better at cracking

Why Saving Now Should Pay Off Later

Posted on September 9, 2016

Q: What is the best financial gift for a young worker? A: Teach them to save as much as they can now. Here’s a lesson for your adult children and adult grandchildren: It’s easier to save $400 per month toward retirement than to save $6,000 per month. To save something out of every paycheck might be the hardest thing a young person can undertake. The reward, however, is a more secure retirement with greater financial

What Happens in Vegas Should Stay in Vegas

Posted on September 7, 2016

If you do not have enough money to retire, what should you do? Should you consider investing in riskier investments to compensate for not having saved enough? During the final races at horse tracks, gamblers tend to bet on long shots. In Las Vegas, there is a pronounced tendency for people to place long-shot bets near the end of the day. Gamblers who lose money during the day desire to go home as winners. Less

Do You Need Long-Term Care Insurance?

Posted on August 31, 2016

Do you or your parents need long-term care insurance? Let me give you my perspective as a financial professional who does not sell insurance. People use their retirement income for what they value the most: family, friends, personal independence, and dignity. People need long-term care when a chronic condition limits their ability to carry out basic self-care tasks. Long-term care involves the most intimate aspects of our lives—eating, bathing, personal hygiene, getting dressed, and using

Are You Gambling or Investing?

Posted on August 30, 2016

Do you enjoy betting at the casino? Would you consider spending your time at a casino a sound way to prepare for your retirement? Most people I talk to who enjoy gambling are smart enough to set a budget for their gambling, maybe $100 or $500, to go and have some fun at the tables or slot machines. Sometimes they come out ahead, but when they lose, they consider the money they lost as part