In 1981, marketing strategist and trend spotter Faith Popcorn coined the term “cocooning.” Cocooning was the idea of staying home instead of going out, feeling safe and insulated from perceived danger. In a 1986 piece in The New Yorker magazine, she opined that the concept involves “building…

With a global 24/7 news cycle dominated by extreme volatility in markets, attention-getting and emotionally jarring cell phone alerts and constant “breaking news” banners, what is one to make of it all? It’s hard to ignore in our wired world.

Financial planning is about your future. The “money aspect” focuses on the question, “Will you have sufficient funds to secure and sustain the future you envision?” Financial life planning embraces the greater complexity of life and relationships, recognizing that finances are only part of a…

At its January meeting, the Federal Reserve Bank Open Market Committee stood pat on interest rates, keeping the federal funds rate at 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent. Fed Chair Jerome Powell deemed Fed policy appropriate given our current strong economy, but noted that future Fed actions will de…

The news was startling. On Sunday, Jan. 26, basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year old daughter, Gianna, along with seven others, including parents with children, died in a fiery helicopter crash in California.