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2024 will bring more positive novel surprises. New years always do. In 2023, it was the dramatic acceleration in AI, which touches nearly every industry, and the early stages of an answer to the obesity epidemic with GLP-1s. Here is a list of what’s on our minds going into 2024.


Another Crisis Anniversary

It’s been one heck of a year. Almost one year ago our crisis year began. From Brexit to Trump to Brazil this past year it has been one unexpected event after another. How can a reasonable person invest through such chaos? If we look more closely, you’ll see there’s a way.

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The D10: Ten events. Infinite challenge.

Our favorite event of the year has a new name for 2017 – The D10 – but the big idea hasn’t changed. Each summer we run, jump, throw, lift and more, all for charity. The competition is fast approaching in July. We’re excited, working hard to get ready, and raising money for Dana Farber too.

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Investment Journey

It happens to many of us. You get to the point where you decide about your family’s investment management. It can happen when the dollar amounts or time required to manage investments exceed what’s comfortable for a do-it-yourself situation, or the legal, tax or estate planning aspects get too complicated. Four prospective clients are going through that right now: an entrepreneur couple, a lawyer, an independent woman and an investment executive. If you are curious about how they do it, read on about this real-time investment journey with real people.

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New Technology For Estates

Where do you keep your most important information and documents? Are they secure, easy to access and available to share with others who need them? A new tool from Fidelity just made that whole issue much simpler and more convenient – for you and your family. Fidelity now lets you store, access and share digital copies of your family’s most important documents, at no cost. This is cloud computing at its best and most personal. Read on for simple next steps.

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Three Budget Habits of the Truly Wealthy

Budgeting is like dieting, when it’s too strict it quickly falls apart. Fortunately there are simple ways to get around the challenges linked to budget discipline. Lead by example and teach your family members to follow these habits and you’ll ensure their financial stability in any environment. Here are three tried and tested habits:

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Are Your Millennials Missing Out? 

It’s not surprising that financial literacy is a top concern parents have for their kids. Whether it’s watching children struggle with money decisions, or worrying about them responsibly handling their eventual inheritance, parents have good reason for concern. Kids don’t learn much about personal finances in school, and in many families it’s not a typical dinnertime topic. Here are some steps you can take to build strong family habits around shared financial literacy:

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The First 100 Days. Now What?

In one way, the United States has been a very stable place for decades. We’ve only had four Presidents in 24 years. They each got their First 100 Days. Now it’s time to focus the lens on our newest POTUS. What has he actually done, and can investors learn anything from it?

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Fear as an Enemy of Success

Fear is healthy. It’s an essential instinct that has kept our species alive. We all know that gut-level feeling of fear, followed by a reaction of fight or flight. When fear strikes in the investment world, we often see investors trip and stumble as the urge to flee takes over. A race for the exits can be costly, and with the benefit of hindsight, is often the wrong reaction to the many varieties of panic, doubt, what-ifs, truly bad news, and sudden change that investors face.

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Who Are You Investing For?

When you compare who benefits from your portfolio, how does your view of investing change? Investing for your own retirement is not the same as building a surplus that will eventually go to your kids or future grandkids. With different people in mind, you and your advisor may make different decisions about risk, reward and time horizon. Let’s look at a few different perspectives of people living in the future.

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