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TheLiveBigWay* Digest – Flash Boys and Flashy Headlines

TheLiveBigWay Digeston April 10th, 2014No Comments

Flash Boys or Flashy Headlines?

Flash Boys and Flashy Headlines

By now, most of you are familiar with Michael Lewis’s new book, “Flash Boys” and the whole high-frequency trading (HFT) phenomenon he’s focused on. Lewis has been making the rounds starting with 60 Minutes a week ago Sunday, followed by the Today Show, the Daily Show, and pretty much any media outlet that will have him.

Lewis’s thesis, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the story, is that smart technologists have figured out ways to legally “front run” other investors, driving up their cost of buying shares. Of course, it was pure sensationalism for Lewis to insist that “the stock market is rigged,” as he did during his 60 Minutes appearance. HFT has been around for a while now and it can certainly hurt people, but mostly it hurts frequent or short-term traders. For everyone else, it just adds to short-run volatility.

Read more about Dave’s take on HFT
Yusuf Presents at The Washington Center’s Global Citizenship Day Event  

On March 21, 2014, Yusuf represented Yeske Buie as a presenter at the Financial Literacy session during The Washington Center’s Global Citizenship Day event. The thrust behind the event was to offer the nearly 450 students from more than 15 countries the opportunity to learn how to be successful in the role they play in the global community.

Yusuf led the discussion on Financial Literacy with the goal of helping students recognize the importance of managing their personal finances, developing sound financial management skills, and showing how individual financial decisions can have significant effects on the global economy.
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Give Big 

While giving back to the community has always been a Yeske Buie value, this year we have implemented a campaign for the Yeske Buie Team to volunteer on a quarterly basis called Give Big to make a difference in our local communities.
The Virginia office volunteered on March 15, 2014 with &Pizza and Dreams For Kids for the 2nd Annual Extreme Recess: Pizza Making event. The volunteers helped empower children with physical and mental disabilities by being around their peers and making pizzas to share and eat!

The California office volunteered on March 1, 2014 at the Habitat for Humanity development, Habitat Terrace in San Francisco, a project to build 28 homes for individuals and families who would otherwise not be able to afford housing.

View a video and pictures of the Yeske Buie Team at the events
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Tax Return Request 

We will be sending emails to request 2014 federal and state tax returns from clients and accountants shortly after April 15th. If you already have a copy of your tax return(s), you may send the document(s) to us via one of the following secure methods:

  • Scan a copy of your document and use the upload form
  • Fax to (866) 549-4990
  • Via email to afp@yebu.com with your document included as a password-protected attachment
  • Regular Mail
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TheLiveBigWay* Digest – Virginia Retreat and Open House

TheLiveBigWay Digeston March 27th, 2014No Comments


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Yeske Buie Retreat

The Yeske Buie Team gathered at Virginia’s Marriott Ranch from March 17th to March 20th for our semi-annual retreat.

Don’t be fooled by the word ‘retreat’ though as we spent the majority of our time at the ranch developing our internal communication practices/agreements, showing each other appreciation, and sharing feedback on how we can each become better workers and communicators.

In our off time we were able to go skeet shooting (the first time for most of us), have meals together, and have some fun playing cards and such to relax after all that communication training!
Yeske Buie Open House

Thank you to all who joined us at the Yeske Buie Open House on Thursday, March 20th. We hope you enjoyed your tarot reading if you participated in that, the delicious treats from Purple Onion Catering, the variety of Russian River Valley wines, and getting a Yeske Buie stemless wine glass to take home.

View pictures from the event!
How to Build an All Weather Portfolio – Revisited

When it comes to investing your hard earned money for the long-run, the world can sometimes seem like a scary place. And not just because of the occasional category five storm that blows our way, like the dot-com meltdown of 2000-2002 or the bursting of the real estate bubble in 2008. It’s also all the squalls that can sweep through the markets, triggered by things like the Euro-zone debt crisis, government shutdown, or debt-limit standoff, that likewise threaten feel like they might capsize our portfolios. The one thing we know with a certainty is that the timing, magnitude, or impact of world events can never be predicted with the kind of precision required if we’re to nimbly trade in or out of the markets to avoid danger or capture gains. At the end of the day . . .

It’s better to be resilient than nimble.

This 13 minute video is a brief description of how we build a resilient, all-weather portfolio that can carry you through whatever storms may come our way.
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Open Enrollment for Healthcare Ends March 31

Don’t miss the deadline! Visit healthcare.gov to sign up before open enrollment for a Qualified Health Plan in the health insurance marketplace ends on March 31 to be covered for 2014.
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TheLiveBigWay* Digest – Keep Calm and File FAFSA

TheLiveBigWay Digeston March 13th, 2014No Comments
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Got a College Student? File FAFSA!

According to the Department of Education website: “To be considered for federal student aid for the 2014-2015 award year, you can complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between January 1, 2014 and midnight Central Time, June 30, 2015. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Time, September 19, 2015.”

This means there’s still plenty of time to file for those of you who may have originally thought it wouldn’t make a difference. Education guru Tony Sutphin discussed why all parents with college students should complete the FAFSA even if they don’t think they will qualify for aid. Read Tony’s reasons for why.
Open Enrollment for Healthcare Ends March 31

Don’t miss the deadline! Visit healthcare.gov to sign up before open enrollment for a Qualified Health Plan in the health insurance marketplace ends on March 31 to be covered for 2014.  
Yeske Buie Open House in Virginia

Join us at the Yeske Buie Open House on Thursday, March 20th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Drop by the Vienna office and mingle with the entire staff.

Back by popular demand, we will be featuring a professional tarot card reader. Eve from Elite Tarot will be helping guests gain clarity and insight on business and/or personal questions. Elissa and Dave will feature several of their favorite wines and we will have our stemless wine glasses as a souvenir. We’ll have treats on hand courtesy of Purple Onion Catering Co.

It’s not too late to RSVP!

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Office Coverage Next Week

The Yeske Buie Team will be out at our East Coast Staff Retreat from Monday afternoon, March 17th through Thursday afternoon, March 20th. Our interns will be covering each office during that time. They will know how to reach us in the event that something comes up and you need to speak with one of us. We will all be checking email, though our response times may be longer than usual. If your request is urgent, we recommend you call and our interns will make sure that we are notified immediately.
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TheLiveBigWay* Digest – An Untimely Death Offers Estate Planning Lessons

TheLiveBigWay Digeston February 28th, 2014No Comments


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An Untimely Death Offers Estate Planning Lessons

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s untimely death on February 2nd ended a great film career and we mourn for both the man and the future film-going pleasure we will all now be denied.  As is so often the case when a public figure passes away, Hoffman’s will has garnered more than a little media attention and is a prime example of how an estate plan can help ensure that your desires are understood as well as the importance of keeping the plan up to date.By putting a proper estate plan in place you will ensure that your wishes are known, the right people know them, and that those people will have a smoother time managing your estate. You could also potentially save your estate a good chunk of money on legal fees and taxes.

Here are a few do’s and don’ts to help you get your estate plan in tip top shape.
Yeske Buie Open House in Virginia

Join us at the Yeske Buie Open House on Thursday, Mar. 20th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Drop by the Vienna office and mingle with the entire staff.

Back by popular demand, we will be featuring a professional tarot card reader. Eve from Elite Tarot will be helping guests gain clarity and insight on business and/or personal questions.Elissa and Dave will feature several of their favorite wines and we will have our stemless wine glasses as a souvenir. We’ll have treats on hand courtesy of Purple Onion Catering Co.

Send us your RSVP!

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Dave in the Chicago Tribune

Dave was recently quoted in the Chicago Tribune, where writer Janet Kidd Stewart tells readers how ‘Getting personal with your financial expert can pay off.’ Stewart suggests that clients get more for their money if their financial adviser has conversations with them and plans for those things that matter most to them, including the lifestyle they want now and in the future. Many financial service firms are increasing their efforts to address these important planning areas with clients. So how do you balance the values/lifestyle discussion with the numbers? Dave tells Stewart that it requires more than just a good relationship.
Apple’s Security Breach

If you have an Apple iPhone, iPad, laptop, and/or desktop, update your software now to protect against hackers who have discovered a weakness in Apple’s security – they can get in during a connection between a user and the destination server to pose as a trusted source.

Update iPhone and/or iPad
Go to Settings > General > Software Update

Update laptop and/or desktop
-Choose System Preferences from the Apple Menu
-Choose Software Update from the View menu
-Click Update Now
-Select the items you want to install, then click Install
-Enter an Admin user name and password
-After the update is complete, restart the computer if necessary
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TheLiveBigWay* Digest – The Psychology of Financial Planning and Investing

TheLiveBigWay Digeston February 13th, 2014No Comments

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Investor Behavior: The Psychology of Financial Planning and Investing

Why do investors behave as they do? That is the question posed and answered by the book “Investor Behavior: The Psychology of Financial Planning and Investing,” edited by H. Kent Baker and Victor Ricciardi and published by Wiley Finance.

Dave and Elissa were part of the dynamic team of academics and experienced practitioners who contributed to the body of knowledge in “Investor Behavior.” Their contribution, “Policy-Based Financial Planning: Decision Rules for a Changing World,” places Policy-Based Financial Planning squarely within the context of behavioral finance and “choice architecture.”

Read the rest of the press release. 
Yeske Buie Open House in Virginia

Join us at the Yeske Buie Open House on Thursday, Mar. 20th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Drop by the Vienna office and mingle with the entire staff.

Back by popular demand, we will be featuring a professional tarot card reader. Eve from Elite Tarot will be helping guests gain clarity and insight on business and/or personal questions.

Elissa and Dave will feature several of their favorite wines and we will have our stemless wine glasses as a souvenir. We’ll have treats on hand courtesy of Purple Onion Catering Co.

Send us your RSVP!

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Love and Money Revisited

Last Valentine’s Day, we discussed The 5 Love Languages, five ideas for having quality financial conversations with your mate, and explained why a “sweetheart will” may not be a sweet way to plan your estate. Revisit how love and money can intertwine.

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Elissa and Dave Sailing in the BVI

Elissa and Dave returned earlier this week from their sailing excursion in the British Virgin Islands. Here are a few pictures from their trip.
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TheLiveBigWay* Digest – Stocks Still Tops

TheLiveBigWay Digeston January 29th, 2014No Comments
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Video: The Wisdom of Crowds

We conducted an experiment testing the “wisdom of crowds”, the proposition that, in many situations, the collective wisdom of a group will surpass that of even its smartest individual members.

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Dave Quoted in CNBC – Stocks Still Tops, Advisor Survey Finds

When it comes to assessing where the right place is to put money to work in 2014, Andrew Osterland of CNBC reports that advisors are significantly in agreement: tilt towards stocks. Of the 1,449 CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professionals surveyed by CNBC/Financial Planning Association, 87% were bullish on stocks, particularly when the investment strategy is long-term. In addition to the stock tilt, advisors are shifting towards greater international exposure, shortening bond holdings, and focusing on rebalancing. Find out more
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Yeske Buie Open House in Virginia 

Join us at the Yeske Buie Open House on Thursday, Mar. 20th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Drop by the Vienna office and mingle with the entire staff. Elissa and Dave will feature several of their favorite wines and we will have our stemless wine glasses as a souvenir. We’ll have these treats on hand courtesy of Purple Onion Catering Co.

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Elissa and Dave Availability

Elissa and Dave will be sailing in the British Virgin Islands until Tuesday, Feb. 11th and will mostly be unavailable by email. The rest of the Yeske Buie Team will be on duty as usual.
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TheLiveBigWay* Digest – A Different Dimension

TheLiveBigWay Digeston January 16th, 2014No Comments

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A Different Dimension

Nobelist Gene Fama and Dimensional Fund Advisors have drawn favorable attention lately with both a cover feature in Barron’s and an appreciation in Morningstar.

That certainly seems like a lot of attention to be lavished on a mutual fund company.  In her article, Beverly Goodman says that “Dimensional Fund Advisors is unusual” and John Rekenthaler declares that DFA ”really is different.”  Unusual and different in what way, one might rightly ask.  And why should anyone care?
2013 Large Account Model Performance 2 2013 Portfolio Review

Everyone by now is aware of the great year that the S&P 500 had in 2013, returning more than 32%, its best performance since 1997.  We thought this might be a good time to review the overall performance of our clients’ portfolios for the year, not least because they’re much more diverse than the S&P 500, encompassing, as they do, not just the 500 domestic Blue Chip stocks of the S&P index, but value stocks and small company stocks the world over.
 Short Take: U.S. Economic and Financial Market Outlook

Our San Francisco financial planning team attended a Financial Planning Association of San Francisco meeting on Tuesday that featured Gary Schlossburg, Senior Economist for Wells Capital Management, presenting on the outlook for the U.S. economy and financial markets into 2015. We thought we’d share a few highlights from Gary’s generally upbeat assessment.
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Join us at the Yeske Buie Open House on Thursday, Mar. 20th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Drop by the Vienna office and mingle with the entire staff. Elissa and Dave will feature several of their favorite wines and we will have our stemless wine glasses as a souvenir.

Send us your RSVP!
Elissa and Dave Availability

Elissa and Dave will be sailing in the British Virgin Islands from Thursday, Jan. 30th to Tuesday, Feb. 11th and will mostly be unavailable by email. The rest of the Yeske Buie Team will be on duty as usual, but if you need something specifically from Elissa or Dave, please let us know before the 30th.
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TheLiveBigWay* Digest – The Best of 2013

TheLiveBigWay Digeston January 3rd, 20141 Comment
As we prepare this edition of the Digest, we’re hoping that you had a great end to 2013 and celebrated the start to 2014 with your close family and friends.

The end of one year and the beginning of another is a great time to reflect. As we reviewed the Digest posts of the year just ended, we were intrigued by what resonated with people the most and decided to share with you the top five posts from 2013 in each category in order of popularity.
 Top Five “Economy and Investing” Posts:
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1) June 6, 2013
Managing Risk when Rebalancing into Bonds
Strong stock market gains have triggered rebalancing into bonds at a time when many consider the bond market expensive. Out of the frying pan and into the fire?

2) April 3, 2013
The Great Disinformation: Why David Stockman is Wrong
Ideology, not economics, is at the center of Stockman’s arguments. And his ideology is whole and consistent and dyspeptic and dystopian. Here’s why he’s wrong.
3) December 5, 2013
Managing Risk in a Rising Stock Market
With U.S. stock indices have been hitting new highs, many are asking if the market has become overpriced and, if so, what can we do to mitigate risk?

4) October 10, 2013
Debt, Deficit, and Default: Dancing with Disaster
The government has been “shut down” for 11 days now with the threat of default now looming. While the former is painful, the latter would be truly disastrous.

5) August 28, 2013
Where the Smart Money is Headed
Dimensional Fund Advisors has been successful in attracting financial advisors who seek to invest their clients’ money in a more “evidence-based” fashion.
Top Five “Financial Planning” Posts:
1) August 14, 2013
Advice to an Incoming College Freshman
Adopt these simple policies and enjoy your college experience free of the money worries that can mar what should be one of the best experiences of your life.

2) September 12, 2013
Top 8 Things You Need to Know About the New Health Insurance Marketplaces
Highlights of the new health insurance marketplaces with open enrollment from October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.
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3) December 6, 2013
Holiday Spending: Four Ways to Give Fully and Frugally
It’s about that time of year. If you are participating in holiday shopping and/or gift giving, here are four ways to take the bite out of the bill...

4) June 20, 2013
Your Email Inbox: The Weakest Link?
Your email account is a major target of identity thieves and it takes good email hygiene and a plan for dealing with compromised accounts to keep them at bay.

5) May 9, 2013
Elissa’s “Confessions of a Cobbler”
You know the saying about the cobbler’s children having no shoes? I have to confess to being a bit of a cobbler. Okay, my children have shoes – real and financial planning ones.
Top Five “Firm News and Events” Posts:
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Yeske Buie Retreat and Open House in San Francisco
The Yeske Buie Team came together earlier this month for one of our semi-annual staff retreats, this one focused on mindfulness and servant leadership.

2) October 24, 2013
Elissa Awarded Financial Planning Profession’s Highest Honor
FPA® awarded the profession’s equivalent of a lifetime achievement award, the P. Kemp Fain Jr. award, to Elissa Buie, CFP®, CEO of Yeske Buie.
3) July 3, 2013
Congratulations Summar and Will!
Our Client Service Administrator Summar Alaskary and her fiancé Will Briede were married last Friday, June 28 at a beautiful ceremony and reception in Chantilly, VA.

4) April 11, 2013
The Power Couple
GGU Magazine’s Spring issue cover story, “The Power Couple,” profiles Elissa and Dave and their team approach to teaching, financial planning, and living.

5) March 28, 2013
Financial Planning Competency Handbook
Elissa and Dave collectively contributed 30 chapters to CFP Board’s first-of-its-kind  ”Financial Planning Competency Handbook,” published by John Wiley & Sons.
Top Five “Fun Stuff” Posts:
1) September 26, 2013
The Science of Happiness – An Experiment in Gratitude
More recent research suggests that consciously expressing gratitude can powerfully enhance your happiness. 

2) July 8, 2013
Adrift: An Homage to the Fog of San Francisco Bay
A beautiful look at the weather feature that so defines San Francisco.
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3) March 23, 2013
Stand By Me
A global rendition of the classic Ben E. King song Stand By Me from the documentary “Playing for Change: Peace Through Music.”

4) August 29, 2013
A Pep Talk from Kid President to You
Kid President says it is time to wake up and “create something that will make the world awesome”.

5) November 8, 2013
Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon
After months of training, Elissa and Dave accomplished their goal of walking 13.1 miles by participating in the Healdsburg Half Marathon in Wine Country.
Top Five Most Popular Posts Of All Time:

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1) December 19, 2012
Perhaps the most beautiful flash mob ever . . .
Our good friend Ed Jacobson, PhD, author of Appreciative Moments, sent us a video we thought you’d appreciate. Elissa called it “perhaps the most beautiful flash mob ever.

2) June 20, 2010
Chaotic Systems, or why the market is a lot like the weather
Why should the radar map of a storm that swept Oklahoma in 1999, spawning 7 tornadoes and $1 billion in damage resemble SmartMoney.com’s Map of the Market?
3) June 6, 2013
Managing Risk when Rebalancing into Bonds
Strong stock market gains have triggered rebalancing into bonds at a time when many consider the bond market expensive. Out of the frying pan and into the fire?

4) April 3, 2013
The Great Disinformation: Why David Stockman is Wrong
Ideology, not economics, is at the center of Stockman’s arguments.  And his ideology is whole and consistent and dyspeptic and dystopian. Here’s why he’s wrong.


The next piece was published three days before the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell to its lowest point of the Great Recession. While the news had been filled with stories of a crumbling economy for nearly a year at this point, the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in September of the preceding year had set the stage for six months of worsening news and growing anxiety. This article was an invitation to step back from the doom and gloom of the nightly news and contemplate those things in life that really matter and the many ways to “Live Big” without spending money. The article catapulted Elissa and Dave to the cover of Financial Advisor Magazine and a mention in Time.

5) March 6, 2009
What does it mean to Live Big® in these trying times?
What does Live Big mean?  Some may interpret it as meaning “spend big”, “live large” or a recommendation to some other form of overindulgence.  But Live Big is not about the size of your wallet, it’s about the size of your life.  In these crazy economic times, it can sometimes be difficult to remember the areas in our life where we can Live Big without spending (much, if any) money.  But if we can find the place of gratitude for what we have, we can find joy in the most mundane of places, and, hopefully, at least get our minds off of how scary the world can feel at times.
Here’s wishing you and yours a Happy New Year!

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TheLiveBigWay* Digest – Flash Mobs and Fortitude

TheLiveBigWay Digeston December 19th, 2013No Comments
As we prepare this edition of the Digest, we’re hoping that you’ll have the opportunity to take a restful break in the final days of 2013. The end of the year is always a time to reflect upon all that has transpired in our lives and in the world and to form our intentions for the year to come. As we contemplate our own experiences of the year now drawing to a close, we count among our many blessings the fact that you are in our lives. Here’s wishing you and yours a happy holiday season and all the best in the year to come.
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When it comes to investing your hard earned money for the long-run, the world can sometimes seem like a scary place. The one thing we know with a certainty is that the timing, magnitude, or impact of world events can never be predicted with the kind of precision required if we’re to nimbly trade in or out of the markets to avoid danger or capture gains. At the end of the day . . .

It’s better to be resilient than nimble.

This 13 minute video is a brief description of how we build a resilient, all-weather portfolio that can carry you through whatever storms may come our way.
Stand By Me and Ode to Joy 

We thought we’d share two of our favorite videos with you to enjoy over your holiday break…

Yeske Buie Holiday Hours

The Yeske Buie offices will be physically closed Monday, Dec. 23 – Friday, Dec. 27, and will reopen on Monday, Dec. 30. We will be available remotely if you need anything.
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TheLiveBigWay* Digest – Portfolios and Presents

TheLiveBigWay Digeston December 6th, 2013No Comments

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Managing Risk in a Rising Stock Market

U.S. stock indices have been hitting new highs in recent weeks, prompting many to ask if the market has become ”overpriced” and, if so, what can we do to mitigate risk?

In order to answer these questions, there are several others that must be addressed first, including the following:

  • Which market are we talking about?
  • What do we mean by “overpriced”?
  • What actions are viable in the face of uncertainty?

Find out the answers

Holiday Spending: Four Ways to Give Fully and Frugally

It’s about that time of year. If you are participating in holiday shopping and/or gift giving, here are four ways to take the bite out of the bill…
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Yeske Buie Thanksgiving and Toy Drive

View a snapshot of how we spent our Thanksgiving weekends and participated in an annual toy drive to benefit underprivileged children.
 Yeske Buie Holiday Hours

The Yeske Buie offices will be physically closed December 23-27, but we will be available remotely if you need anything. And if you anticipate any needs in particular around that time, let us know now and we’ll manage your request sooner rather than later.
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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that others won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson