Byron Moore, CFP® and Mike Jones

Wisdom on Wealth

Succession plan – work till I die, then leave it to the kids

By Byron Moore, posted November 14, 2016
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, November 13, 2016.
 

To reach your goals, measure results, but manage activities

By Byron Moore, posted November 7, 2016
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, November 6, 2016.
 

Ruler_sm.jpegQuestion: So much of what goes on in financial matters is outside of my control. Sometimes it seems like all the planning in the world can be undone by some unforeseen circumstance. Am I wasting my time doing financial planning?

Answer: Don’t let the absence of perfection cause you to abort the process of progress. The fact that you cannot make your financial life absolutely air tight is hardly any reason to abandon making it better.

Podcast - Budget or bust (2:31)

By Byron Moore, posted November 3, 2016

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

Considering a home remodel? Steven Covey reminds us that all things are created twice – once in the mind, and then in reality. And the better job we do of creating the thing we want in our mind, the better chance we have of actually getting it.

Click to listen how I would approach a major remodeling project...

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Avoiding trick or treat – begin with the purpose in mind

By Byron Moore, posted October 31, 2016
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, October 30, 2016.
 

halloween money_sm.jpegQuestion: My wife and I are approaching our 40s. What is the most important thing for us to be thinking about to get ready for our retirement?

Answer: Tonight, neighborhood children will transform into sheet wearing ghosts and miniature pirates toting plastic swords. They’ll ring your doorbell and squeal, “Trick or treat!”

Podcast - Moving from man at work to money at work (2:21)

By Byron Moore, posted October 27, 2016

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

If you’re one of those souls who get out of bed each day and can’t wait to get to work – good for you!

But even if you feel like you enjoy your work so much you can never imagine stopping – don’t for one second think that gives you a pass on responsibly planning your financial future.

Because there is a world of difference between “get to” and “got to.”

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Innumeracy – when you can’t read numbers

By Byron Moore, posted October 24, 2016
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, October 23, 2016.
 

numbers_sm.jpgQuestion: I have always had a hard time with numbers. I mean I can do basic math, but beyond that it’s just a lot of noise to me. I know this hurts me financially, mostly because I don’t know who to trust or what to believe. What would you suggest?

Answer: There is a difference between being unable to read at all and being “functionally illiterate.”

Decision making: too hot, too cold or just right?

By Byron Moore, posted October 17, 2016
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, October 16, 2016.
 

quarterback_sm.jpgQuestion: I was on the fast track in a big corporate job in Chicago, but once I got a taste of what that life was going to be like, I realize I don’t want to live like that. Now I’m faced with taking a similar job in my field (back here at home) or taking a chance on doing something a little crazy, but following my dreams. What do you think?

Answer: I think you need to learn how to make decisions.

Podcast - Today’s choices shape tomorrow’s opportunities (2:29)

By Byron Moore, posted October 13, 2016

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

John Mauldin once wrote, “…the choices we make today are constrained by the choices we made in the past, and the choices we make in the future will be limited by the choices we make today.” 

That reality can paralyze you, which is the wrong response.

So how do we know what is the right thing to do?

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Crisis – will it crater you or create you?

By Byron Moore, posted October 10, 2016
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, October 9, 2016.
 

crater sm.jpgQuestion: I was just recently fired from a job I loved. I won’t go into it, but I honestly feel my firing was wrong. I’m not going to try to fight it – it wouldn’t be worth it and now I don’t want to go back. But I just feel totally hollowed out inside and am having trouble moving forward. Any suggestions?

Answer: It’s something that seemed like it couldn’t happen in a million years…but it did…twice…in the same year.

Podcast - A world of specialists in need of a generalist (2:37)

By Byron Moore, posted October 6, 2016

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

As Abraham Maslow helpfully pointed out, when you are a hammer, you tend to treat everyone else like a nail.

The world of financial services has become highly specialized also, but the issue is not the superiority of one specialty over another. It is about balance.

So where do you go to find such balance?

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