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Ask the Money Maven: Riding the Bucking Bull

By Melanie Hasty-Grant

5 Steps to Overcoming Fear About The Market

Well folks, I can surely say….This ain’t our first rodeo when it comes to the ups and downs of the stock market.  It seems we have quite the perfect storm brewing here in Oklahoma. Between oil Read more

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Ask the Money Maven: Never Let Your Fear Decide Your Future

By Melanie Hasty-Grant

With the markets making a turn for the worst since January, the smell of fear is in the air.  Not only is it in “the air”, you can sense it in the hearts of investors. “F-E-A-R has two meanings. Forget- everything- and -run OR face- everything- and- rise.  The choice is yours.”  I hope you decide to face your fear and rise.  So what does facing the fears of the market mean, exactly? Read more

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Ask the Money Maven: Count Your Blessings

By Melanie Hasty-Grant

With both Thanksgiving and the presidential election this month, I was challenged with whether to write about gratefulness or the election. Then it occurred to me maybe I should write about being grateful that this election cycle is almost over. I know you will be as relieved as I am not to be bombarded with all the negativity and devisiveness, if nothing else! Read more

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Ask the Money Maven: How do you teach kids about money?

By Melanie Hasty-Grant

As a business owner and a parent, I can’t tell you enough how important it is to teach your children about money.  Schools are burdened with far too many requirements these days.  However, personal finance is a topic that is often overlooked in the curriculum.  Children are capable of learning money skills from a very early age.  The following are some guidelines of skills you can teach them at different stages. Read more

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Ask the Money Maven: Big Hat, No Cattle

By Melanie Hasty-Grant

There’s a saying in Oklahoma when speaking about a person who has a tendency to tell big stories and have no follow-through.  We call it “Big Hat, No Cattle”.  Often folks have big ideas but don’t back up their talk with concrete actions.  Now there is nothing wrong with being a “dreamer” but it has long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sit back and let things happen to them.  They go out and make things happen.  The have a dream, create a plan, take action, and don’t give up. Read more

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Ask the Money Maven: Wall Street and the White House

By Melanie Grant

The most common question I am asked when clients come into the office these days is about how upcoming presidential election will affect their investments.  Truth be told, the markets hate uncertainty.  With a change in political power, Americans are left with a feeling of uncertainty.  Like no other political contest in recent memory, the nation is transfixed on the 2016 presidential Read more

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Ask the Money Maven: 5 Myths That Keep Women From Investing

5 Myths That Keep Women from Investing

I’ve heard some crazy reasons about why women shy away from investing and making financial decisions.  Most folks have heard the saying, “Don’t believe everything you hear.”  This statement Read more

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Ask the Money Maven: The Gift of Investing

By Melanie Hasty-Grant

With the holidays fast approaching, the topic on some folks minds is Christmas gifts.  Choosing the perfect gift for each family member can be a daunting task.  This year instead of the typical Christmas gifts, here are some alternatives.  You can use your gift giving as teachable moments for your children and grandchildren instead of giving mounds of toys. Read more

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ASK THE MONEY MAVEN: THE GIFT OF INVESTING

By Melanie Hasty-Grant

With the holidays fast approaching, the topic on some folks minds is Christmas gifts.  Choosing the perfect gift for each family member can be a daunting task.  This year instead of the typical Christmas gifts, here are some alternatives.  You can use your gift giving as teachable moments for your children and grandchildren instead of giving mounds of toys. Read more

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ASK THE MONEY MAVEN: SO TELL ME, WHAT’S ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

By Melanie Hasty-Grant

Ensuring your finances are aligned with your life goals can be complex and time consuming. I’ve heard every reason in the book as to why folks put it off.  Mostly, people find it kind of scary and overwhelming so they avoid it like they avoid a root canal. Our goal is to take the uncertainty out of the equation.  We meet with clients, gather information from them about their Read more