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

Think like an Olympian to reach goals

To win a gold medal in financial planning, use an athlete's SMART plan.

Updated: August 23, 2008, - 03:48 PM

The Minnesota Investor: Advice on navigating rough waters

Sometimes, when it feels as though you're drowning in an economy in turmoil and grasping for a nonexistent lifeline, consider standing up and walking to shore.

Updated: July 26, 2008, - 04:45 PM

Want everything? You'll always fail

No matter how productive we are, a feeling of satisfaction is an impossibility so long as we keep chasing more possessions.

Updated: June 28, 2008, - 08:53 PM

The Minnesota Investor: 'Timing' the market seldom works

Don't confuse cause and effect or profitable investment calls with wisdom. Randomness could be the explanation.

Updated: June 21, 2008, - 09:03 PM

Minnesota investor: Making life's grade is its own reward

Reaching your goals takes hard work and commitment, but in the end, it's worth it.

Updated: May 24, 2008, - 04:52 PM

Aiding children can test wisdom

Financial help to offspring involves weighing a sense of obligation against potential pitfalls and ability to provide help. Emotions, above all, can cloud good judgment.

Updated: April 26, 2008, - 08:50 PM

Sometimes, as you acquire, you lose

As the players swarmed one another after their first-round victory at the Girls' State High School Basketball Tournament, I noticed that the elation was shared equally by the stars and by the girls who didn't get in the game.

Updated: March 29, 2008, - 02:20 PM

There's no one right answer to life

Relationships and circumstances can box us in. Thoughtful planning and self-awareness can bring solutions and relief.

Updated: March 22, 2008, - 09:11 PM

Adjust, but don't panic in turmoil

Remember that life experiences shape our views of money. In troubled times, focus on what you can control. Then hang on.

Updated: February 23, 2008, - 03:14 PM

Life's about perspective

There are more important things than money. Honesty, gratitude and generosity all have roles in a life well spent.

Updated: January 19, 2008, - 09:51 PM

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