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

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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

Disparate truths are not self-evident, so it's best to talk them through

One of our daughters called from college the other night. "Dad, can you buy me some stocks?" she urged.

Updated: November 27, 2011, - 10:26 AM

Objective analysis is tougher than you might think

We received a text from one of our daughters the day after we dropped her at college: "I'm not sure that this is the right school for me."

Updated: October 29, 2011, - 02:08 PM

Ross Levin: Three of the best investments that I ever made

Let's be clear. We don't really care about our money. We care about what we think our money buys us -- security, experiences, maybe an image.

Updated: September 24, 2011, - 12:57 PM

Little answers can solve the big question

A hunger for one answer often exists in the financial planning world. But there isn't one. Rather than try to know the unknowable or explain the inexplicable, what if you got some key big things right by doing many little things right?

Updated: August 27, 2011, - 09:19 PM

Tough times are testing relationship

The state of Minnesota and the U of M seem to be at a tipping point. A mutually beneficial solution is best.

Updated: May 31, 2011, - 10:30 AM

Consider the fox as a good guide for decisionmaking

Knowing many little things is often better than knowing one big thing.

Updated: April 25, 2011, - 05:26 PM

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