I’m a Certified Financial Planner™, originally from the Kansas City area. I have a bachelor’s degree in education from Missouri State University and was a middle school and high school teacher for several years. I soon found I was even more passionate about learning anything financial and then teaching it to others. I spent several years working in and managing a tax office, as well as doing financial counseling for the Army. While working for the Army, I studied for and received the Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC®) designation. I’ve been a part of the Merriman team since 2014, and I love coming to work every day to help people find financial balance in their lives and the ability to live fully.
I’m proud to live in the Pacific Northwest. I play music with a local wind ensemble, and I’m generally at the gym at the crack of dawn before the sun is even up, when most normal people are sleeping! In my free time, I read constantly, and enjoy hiking, biking, or doing anything else outdoors with my wife, Katrina, and our two daughters.
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The marketplace for exchange-traded funds (ETFs) grows each day, and more and more different and innovative products are being created. One new type utilizes derivatives. While these ETFs are innovative and flashy, it’s important to think about the ramifications of investing in such a product.
I was recently reminded of a troubling statistic: Two-thirds of women do not trust their advisors. This is troubling, largely because it’s so preventable. Check out these tips all women should be aware of to improve this relationship and strengthen their financial futures.
On December 21, 2020, Congress passed the second round of major stimulus as a follow-up to the CARES Act passed earlier in March 2020. While the CAA expanded on some of the relief provided in the earlier CARES Act, it was also notable for a few specific provisions it didn’t include.