September 19 was a big day for me

Adam Hartrum, U.S. Marine

September 19th was a big day for me. It was the three-year anniversary of my buying Larry Bakerjian’s wealth management business. Not coincidentally, the 19th also marked the 21st anniversary of having fulfilled my Marine Corps duties and being honorably discharged. I mentioned having both anniversaries on the same day was not a coincidence. When […]





Should we stop using pennies and nickels?

Where you stand? Do away with pennies and nickels, or keep them?

It may surprise you to learn that many economists and politicians believe we should eliminate the penny and nickel from our currency. If you’re like me, you probably have fond memories tied to our smallest denominations. As a kid, I remember buying penny candy from my neighborhood Magic Mart. I appreciated the efficiency of the […]


What should you do about the Equifax data breach?

If you think there has been a breach into your accounts or your identity has been stolen, contact IdentifyTheft.gov for help.

Who is Equifax, and why are they in the news? Equifax is one of the leading consumer credit reporting agencies. Earlier this month, they announced a major loss of data. Hackers gaining access to Equifax data have left 143 million consumers vulnerable to identify theft and credit fraud. It’s hard to believe, but with this […]


How to be a rock ’n’ roll junkie

Jane Comitz is a rock 'n' roll junkie

If there was a Hall of Fame for rock ’n’ roll fans, Jane Comitz and her husband, Chet, would be charter members. Jane and Chet enjoy traveling, as a lot of folks do. But they don’t stop there. They travel the world not just to see the sights, but to catch musical acts. ‘We wanted […]


What do we stand for?

“Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind.” - Thomas Jefferson

My wife Roxane, my son Craig and I visited Washington, DC over Memorial Day weekend. We enjoyed seeing the sites and experiencing the ambiance of the city, though we missed the cherry blossoms by a month. What a pleasure to take in the National Memorial Day Parade — an awesome display of patriotism held annually […]


The Panama Papers and you

The Panama Papers leak revealed names of people who had previously been anonymous owners of shell companies.

It was the topic this spring that everyone talked about — except for some lawyers and bankers who generated the talk. The Panama Papers, an April 2016 leak of 11.5 million documents from a Panama-based law firm, revealed the murky world of tax havens and offshore companies and identified by name some very wealthy people […]


The ‘IRS’ is on the phone asking for money? Hang up

the Angry IRS Caller

If you’re like me, you’ve probably received abusive phone calls from people purporting to be from the IRS, or a bank or credit card company. Abusive phone scammers call my home frequently. A very common scam, one that is going on a lot right now, is the Angry IRS Caller. They speak with a stern […]