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Ross Levin

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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 Ross@accredited.com
Recent content from Ross Levin

Changing tax laws key reason to boost charity giving

Hey everyone! A major sale is likely to occur next year so you better rush to buy right now! What? Well, a tax law change…

Ross Levin: Your financial outlook could benefit by seeking other viewpoints

When U2 sang, “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for,” they perpetuated the greatest myth of all time. The truth is we always find…

Thinking about moving? Here are key things to consider

Home is where the heart is. When did we lose sight of this and replace the heart with subzero refrigerators and walk-in closets? Where and…

Ross Levin: Your money mistakes can still pay off, if you learn from them

I have a confession that, as a sage financial professional, is somewhat embarrassing to make. Many years ago, I lost money investing in a friend’s…

Hoarding can damage your pursuit of happiness

I recently attended a memorial service for a renowned University of Minnesota research professor — a true legend in his field. Person after person who…

At times, best money move is to sit tight

When you are really uncomfortable with something, what do you do? Do you try to ignore it? Do you overpower it? Do you act on…

Ignore the 'shoulds' and live life your way

In a May 18 Businessweek article, Taffy Brodesser-Akner writes, “The truth of a person’s life isn’t only about the will toward integrity; it’s about discovering…

Investors can benefit by joining the dance

Everywhere I turn today, people are expressing concern about world affairs. Elections always create uncertainty, but combined with terrorism, changes in climate and a host…

Ross Levin: In financial planning, some losses can be victories

It's fine that we can't have it all. Each decision requires a give-up. The choice may be the best or the least worst option.

Not sure you're making the right decision? It's likely wrong

Several years ago, my wife and I stopped someone in his front yard and asked if he wanted to sell his house. Much to our…

Unsettled markets require frank talk

Today’s markets are causing a great deal of anxiety for anyone with a 401(k) plan. And, unfortunately, when people have money anxieties, it often leads…

2016 resolution: Accept how things are, rather than how they should be

My wife gets frustrated by e-mail attachments. Some she can’t open, others she doesn’t want to open. Attachments are rarely satisfying and never simple. So…

For a better 2016, tie up loose ends now

I finally bought a new coat for my predawn and evening dog walks. I had put off buying one for months. I finally decided to…

Investors should confront, not ignore their fears

Our daughter was uncharacteristically nervous during a presentation she was giving. The more she tried to ignore her plight, the more flushed she became. She…

Before you figure out money, think about happiness

I was running around the lake and noticed a runner slapping hands and making inspiring comments to everyone he passed. I laughed out loud when…

How to respond to the return of market volatility

An errant swing caused my golf ball to smash into a beehive causing hundreds of bees to swarm only 75 yards away from me. I…

Money spat? Consider the other person's point of view

I’m going to say a name and I want you to give me your reaction to it. Ready? Donald Trump. I suspect that you immediately…

Think of your home as a car, not an investment

I was 22 when I bought my first car, a used green Audi. I loved this car. Every day that I got into it, I…

Words of advice for graduates, with benefit of hindsight

After two college graduation ceremonies last weekend, I was thinking about the commencement address I have not yet given. Thirty-five years after my own graduation,…

Levin: Reducing financial clutter can change one's life

As our daughters graduate from college in May, we are helping them move. Thanks to their somewhat ascetic lifestyle, this should be relatively easy. I…

Levin: Aligning your money with your purpose in life

May I have the courage today To live the life that I would love, To postpone my dream no longer But do at last what…
Minnesota's tax attitude can make the state easy to leave

Minnesota's tax attitude can make the state easy to leave

We are converting groups of Minnesotans from 'owners' of the state to 'renters.'

Levin: Misdiagnosis leads to wrong financial prescriptions

I knew the lights were working on my hybrid car when each of the trouble indicators illuminated and the headlamps lit up even before I…

Ross Levin: Pondering options for your 'wild and precious life'

I usually smile when I run. In some places, this would be nice. In Minnesota, it is strange. I smile because I am happy that…

Levin: To change, we must challenge assumptions, fear

When our large puppy went to a neighborhood dog’s birthday party, I was worried. Our dog is 85 pounds and 18 months old. He is…

Levin: Avoid deal breakers by identifying your calico cat pillow

One of my friends was describing a complicated divorce. They’d finally resolved issues regarding property, kids and monthly maintenance and were set to sign the…

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, you have nice hair.” I…

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 spot to watch the sunset.…

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 occur when our dog walker…

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 in every day from Thanksgiving…

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 I didn’t want to attend,…
Levin: Retirement isn't just a numbers game

Levin: Retirement isn't just a numbers game

The "retirement lifestyle" means more than the "retirement number."

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.
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