Investing in Real Estate

by Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFAA client just called me up to ask what my take was on the real estate market. She half-wanted to get into what mass media refers to as “flipping houses,” but was concerned that this may be the end of the real estate boom.The truth is, of...

How to Benefit from Currency Fluctuations

by Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFAWalking from my office to my favorite lunch spot today, I heard four different languages spoken. The cameras, backpacks and maps made it difficult to take the people for immigrants – rather, I gather they were a few out of the countless...

Opportunity Cost

by Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFAStrolling through Tribeca, New York this weekend, I stumbled upon a gorgeous cashmere sweater at a designer sample sale. It fit me perfectly; the only problem was that it was a still little on the expensive side, and I loved it in black and...

Buy Low, Sell High – A Hard Concept to Follow

by Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFAA friend of mine called the other day to tell me about this “miracle fund” she’d been watching. Despite the markets, it had climbed almost 40% over the past five months. I have to have this fund, she said. Could I get her some?Well, I told...

The Financing Trap

by Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFASomeone told me the other day that whenever an American scores a 5% raise, he or she immediately ups spending with 10%. Crazy, you may say, but the thing is, our society is built around exactly this sort of behavior. It doesn’t actually...

Market Risk

by Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFAWhat happened when the Dow took its most recent nosedive? As most of my clients are in it for the long term, my day went on as usual. My friend who is a stockbroker, on the other hand, was slammed with phone calls from nervous investors....

Why Investments Are Nothing Like Husbands

by Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFAWith Sex and the City: The Movie hitting cinemas and everyone dying to see Carrie in her wedding dress, I became aware of yet another reason I love financial planning. Ready?One of the greatest things with investing is that it’s nothing...

When to Give Up on an Investment

by Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFAI had an interesting conversation with a client the other day.I don’t feel good about this certain fund, she told me, in a market like todays.So let’s sell it, I advised her. Buy something you feel better about – or if you are really...

Investing in Different Countries

by Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFAWith China recovering from a devastating earth quake, and Burma still receiving aid to fix the damage from the enormous cyclone that hit the country recently, it is easy to pass “overseas” off as a scary place where you could lose your...