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: 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

Levin: First step to getting help: Asking for it

We all need someone to help us sort through things occasionally. Or maybe just to listen while we do the sorting.

Updated: November 24, 2012, - 04:51 PM

Levin: Seeking financial answers from your 'deep gladness'

Money has a place, but it can't be our purpose. Maybe during these times we can take a moment to think about what is lasting.

Updated: October 27, 2012, - 05:04 PM

Some red flags on financial advisers

Is your financial adviser a replacement ref?

Updated: September 29, 2012, - 04:03 PM

Ross Levin: Being honest with yourself takes work

One of our clients was commenting on how often the men she meets from online dating sites exaggerate various aspects of their background. They are not quite as athletic, successful, or emotionally available as they claim. We spent a few minutes talking about how she described herself and quickly realized that she also fell victim to some of those same vanities. Most of us look at ourselves less critically than we do others. And this can be a real issue when it comes to our financial planning.

Updated: July 28, 2012, - 04:16 PM

Timing the market: You may think you're right, but you don't know

A client called in early June to tell me that his friend in Florida had told him to get out of the stock market.

Updated: June 23, 2012, - 03:13 PM

Opportunity can arise from the unexpected

I got lost on a recent run and ended up going about a third of the way further than I had planned.

Updated: May 26, 2012, - 04:27 PM

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