Social Security FAQ

2016-11-05T00:31:01+00:00

By Bleckley Dobbs & Mark Ward

Social Security is complicated.  With over 2,700 different rules, there is no getting around it. Unless you have never been married, your options and overall strategy for collecting Social Security benefits will probably be complicated.  Articles and resources abound about Social Security, but the challenge for someone to take the information […]

Getting Back to Basics

2016-11-05T00:31:02+00:00

By Thomas Twombly, President

Summer is a great opportunity for our team to reflect, and to focus valuable attention on ways of improving our overall interactions with clients. With a few new folks at Lucien, Stirling & Gray, we have been putting effort into “getting back to basics,” which is also helpful for our senior advisors […]

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage…

2016-11-05T00:31:02+00:00

Then Comes a Load of Debt Too Big to Hold in a Baby Carriage!

First comes love, then comes marriageBy Christopher Vasquez & Chaney Barton

June is the most popular month for weddings, and often wedding expenses are the first big-budget items couples handle together.  How well a […]

A Deadline-Free Review

2016-11-05T00:31:05+00:00

By Glenda Summers, CFP ®, Senior Advisor Associate

For certain people tax season serves as the once per year review of their financial situation.  Marking April 15th off of the calendar with a sigh of relief may equate to putting finance-related records away in a drawer to collect dust until next year. Now that the looming tax […]

Simplify and De-Clutter Your Life

2016-11-05T00:31:06+00:00

By Cass Grange, Senior Advisor Associate & Director of Business Development

Why are we having a moving expert and organizational guru come to talk to our clients and friends? What on earth does this have to do with what we do?

Because everywhere we look, clutter takes a toll on our mental, physical and financial health. It […]

Resolve to be Imperfect in 2015

2016-11-05T00:31:06+00:00

By Cass Grange, Senior Advisor Associate and Director of Business Development

Can I just say that I find all these organizing tips for the New Year discouraging? Why? Because I start out with good intentions, just like we all do, and then life gets in the way.

Life is messy.  It is even for the ultra organized.  Remember […]

So, You Think You Want to be a Real Estate Mogul?

2016-11-05T00:31:08+00:00

By Mark Ward, CFP®, ChFC® Vice President & Chairman, Investment Policy Committee

Over the course of the last several months my fellow advisors and I have had a remarkable number of comments and questions from clients, friends, and acquaintances regarding the possibilities of investing in real estate.  We get comments like, “I know Austin Real Estate […]