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: 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

Levin: Helping your children find their own voice

My daughter at college answered her cellphone with a low, raspy voice. I immediately adopted a parental mode of annoyance and concern -- wondering if the voice came from being out too late or if she was not feeling well. ''Why are you talking like that?" I asked. She said, "Dad, I'm in the library."

Updated: April 28, 2012, - 09:14 PM

Get your head and your heart into the game

As the pitchers and catchers report to spring training, optimism for our Minnesota Twins rushes through me.

Updated: February 25, 2012, - 04:29 PM

Crying babies and careful decisions

Perhaps the most important voice to ignore is the notorious "No!" Those "No's'' are the things that prevent us from living.

Updated: January 28, 2012, - 09:15 PM

Settle down, settle up and settle in

I received a recent e-mail from someone regarding their health that left me unsettled. I knew that there was nothing I could do about it, other than provide support, but it nagged at me anyway. Eventually I got caught up in some other things and the feelings went away. Feeling unsettled is unsettling. In spite of those proclamations to ''Never Settle!'' I think it's more important at this time of year to discuss the value of the different ways of settling.

Updated: December 31, 2011, - 03:06 PM

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