Ross Levin

Columnist | Your Money
Ross Levin is founding principal and president of Accredited Investors Inc., Edina, a fee-only wealth management firm. His Gains and Losses column runs on the fourth Sunday of the month. A compilation of these columns can be found in his book, "Spend Your Life Wisely." Send emails to

Recent content from Ross Levin

Levin: Examine the forces that impede your choices on finances and career

I was on an elevator in Texas when a Hispanic housekeeper looked at me and said, “For an old man,...

Updated: March 10, 2014, - 05:52 PM

Levin: Manage scarcity or scarcity will end up managing you

As dusk was approaching on the North Shore, a friend was driving around in circles trying to find the best...

Updated: March 10, 2014, - 05:51 PM

Levin: Parsing our motives can make charity more genuine

The guy who walks our dog once a week is starting to annoy me. Why don’t our dog’s behavior lapses...

Updated: March 10, 2014, - 05:50 PM

Ross Levin: Finding a way to shine light on money matters

I invited our daughters and co-workers to participate in “The Streak” with me. We are committed to getting a run...

Updated: March 10, 2014, - 05:49 PM

Levin: Fear of missing out can threaten financial decisions

In college, I did a lot of things that I didn’t really want to do, went to many events that...

Updated: March 10, 2014, - 05:47 PM

Levin: Retirement isn't just a numbers game

The “retirement lifestyle” means more than the “retirement number.”

Updated: March 01, 2014, - 05:00 PM

Levin: Getting to yes is hard when no is your first reaction

In my marriage, I have developed an expertise: Saying no. I have become so adept at this that often I...

Updated: March 30, 2013, - 11:17 AM

Levin: Keeping your act together is tough

After years of talking with clients, reading numerous books and raising two children with my wife, I have reached a...

Updated: February 23, 2013, - 04:48 PM

Levin: Listening for what's important takes patience and practice

With our girls back at college after winter break, my wife and I were reading the Sunday newspapers at our kitchen table. My wife was regularly pointing out articles that interested her and relating those pieces to our life. After around 20 or so interruptions, she said, "Isn't it nice how quiet it is?" I replied, "I hadn't noticed."

Updated: January 26, 2013, - 05:36 PM

The downside of storytelling

When my daughter picked me up from the airport this summer, we drove about half a block before she blurted, "I crashed the car."

Updated: December 29, 2012, - 03:20 PM

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