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When it Comes to Decisions, Emotions Lead

Have you ever made a financial decision and felt one way about it at the time but felt differently about it a few days, weeks or months down the road? In a research study published in the Harvard University Annual Review of Psychology, this type of a flip-flop is common and scientifically supported as part of the human condition.

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Navigating a Mid-Life Course Correction

Transitions can take on many forms. Taking stock of who you are and what you envision can make all the difference.

Making a shift from one life path to another is both challenging and exciting. While the financial considerations of making a career change, selling a business or pursuing a "life-calling" should not be dismissed, the emotional and psychological implications of such a major life change can often go unnoticed or unaddressed. Understanding both the benefits as well as the drawbacks of a mid-life course correction will only serve to have a positive effect on the experience as a whole.

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New Year, New Beginnings

New -seedlingAs we look back on a year filled with surprises (from its opening days onward), it's natural to wonder what to expect in 2017. This is especially so, since most of those surprising events have yet to play out in full – from the political climate in the U.S., to the Brexit referendum in the U.K. to uncertainty in government bond and oil prices around the world.

We are reminded of a favorite quote from The Wall Street Journal personal financial columnist Jason Zweig, who once observed that "Wall Street often resembles a blindfolded person looking in a darkened closet for a pair of black shoes that isn't there."

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Envisioning Your Future

Pilot Your LifeSuccess, Well-Being and Prosperity in the coming year

As we embark on a new year, many of us make resolutions in the effort to improve something about our circumstances or lives. Though some resolutions are kept, many of us find that, come March or so, we have modified or altogether done away with the resolution; then, come 2018, rinse and repeat.

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Prediction Season

prediction-seasonIn the coming weeks, investors are likely to be bombarded with predictions about what the future, and specifically the next year, may hold for their portfolios. These outlooks are typically accompanied by recommended investment strategies and actions that are aimed at trying to avoid the next crisis or missing out on the next "great" opportunity.

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Empty Nest? | Organize Your Finances to Pursue New Interests

Robin NestHaving a child is a life changing event. So is having a child leave home. Being mindful of what you are feeling and the impact that it is having on your mood and your day-to-day activities is important during any major transition. Finding positive and healthy ways to manage your time like exercising, taking a class or simply doing something that you love can help improve your mood and allow you to make the transition with greater ease.

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For all its promise, instant riches come with a price

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The New Hampshire Lottery winner is still anonymous and we think that's a good thing.

After the recent lottery win in New Hampshire, there is a buzz of speculation on why the winner hasn't yet come forward to accept his or her winnings. Among the speculation, the most likely scenario is that the winners are trying to find the best way to handle this new reality without exposing themselves to the many negatives that come with winning the lottery.

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Overcoming Challenges and Creating A Legacy Plan

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Recently, we came across this article from Financial Advisor Magazine, written by Robert G. Kuchner, entitled When is and Inheritance Too Big? At the outset of the article Mr. Kuchner outlines three legacy scenarios from real people. All three scenarios seemed well thought out, but only two turned out to be the right choice. In the third story, the woman who had passed away had established a trust for her son, but wanted her husband to be able to redirect a portion of her assets so that he would have financial options. Unfortunately, he was successful, due to this clause, in effectively nullifying the entire intent of her will and excluding his own children from the trust.

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Recently Widowed: You have choices when it comes to your spouse's IRA

Woman-walking-dog-faceforwardIn the aftermath of losing a spouse, it can be challenging to know which choices to make, when to make them, and sometimes, whether or not to make any choice at all. Identifying the opportunities that you may have in order to develop a framework for moving forward in a more positive direction in your life will help you to gain clarity through your transition. When you are grieving a loss and going through a major life change it can be extremely challenging to address the more practical aspects of your loss and it helps to have a trusted advisor who can help position you for a financial future with peace-of-mind and confidence.

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The Importance of Playtime at any Age

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You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. ~Plato

As summer approaches, whether we notice or not, we all start to think about having a little more fun. There are cookouts, and Fourth of July parties, and summer vacations and we can all finally spend some time outdoors. There are a lot of memories to reminisce about and different ways to play and have fun. But there is something more to it actually. There is a reason we go through all of this trouble to have a good time.

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All the Shiny Things

Glacier6With the weather warming up, many of us will be taking vacations, weekend getaways and having parties to enjoy the summer season with family and friends. Planning and taking these getaways is not always relaxing, though. For many people, this can stem from having too many things to think about and do all at the same time. We talk with our clients a great deal about how to stay focused and and be present in order to find balance and well-being in life. This month's blog highlights how some of the Northstar team relaxes and how appreciation of simplicity can remind us that we don't need to keep piling it on: literally or figuratively.

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