My American Experience

When I was eight, I found myself at an acreage outside Wilber, Nebraska sitting on a retaining wall peering through the night sky at the moon. It was a warm July night, and upon the surface of the moon inside the Lunar Module Eagle sat Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Shortly, I would be called inside to watch on live TV as Commander Armstrong made that "one small step" into hustory. Eight was a great time to be an American. 

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What is Money?

When Cheryl and I were still in the child rearing phase of our family life, we made time for dinner most every night. Despite a hectic schedule of work, school, soccer, dance and music, the four of us found the time to share the evening meal and some conversation.

While still quite young, one of the girls asked the question, “What is money”?

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Flexibility In Your Financial Plan

Last fall, one of our fence gates collapsed. We had two gates, one on either side of the house, so we took it as a "sign" that one gate was enough, and we stored the dilapidated gate on the other side of the house. I should've known we wouldn't get off that easy,

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Troubles in Banking

Here in West Des Moines, at the corner of 19th and Vine is a four way stop. In the mornings it handles traffic heading north to Dowling Catholic High School and west to Valley High School, while east feeds into heavily trafficked Grand Avenue. It’s a busy place, but the only requirement it places upon drivers is the ability to count to three. Upon reaching your stop sign, wait for three cars to procced you, then resume your route. Easy enough for thirty or so years, but about ten years ago it stopped working well, and there have been a fair number of “incidents”. That in a nutshell is the banking crisis.

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Investment Advisers - They're Just Like You and Me

My husband and I have an investment account together that we use for long-term savings. For the most part, it consists of individual stocks of companies we invest in Iowa Wealth Management (IWM) models, the same companies that our clients are invested in. We believe in eating our own cooking! On the rare occasions, we step outside of not just IWM models, but our prudent investor process as well. These "flyers" act as investments and investment research opportunities, testing and educating us and, hopefully, providing a profitable experience as well. Let me tell you about my best and worst experiment.

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