Senior Financial Advisor, Certified Financial Planner
Contributor's Links: Clarity Financial

Frequent writer & contributor to local television & radio stations. Quoted in various publications including the New Yorker, the NY Times, The Wall Street Journal & SmartMoney. Also provider of content to CNBC, MarketWatch. 2014: Regular contributor to MarketWatch's Retirement ... more

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EC Americans Used To Be Savers
Real (inflation-adjusted) incomes, the personal saving rate and debt are no longer funding basic living standards.
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The World’s Most Misunderstood Investment – Part 2
Income annuities are solely designed to provide a stream of income now or later that recipients cannot outlive. These annuities are simple to understand and are generally lower cost when compared to their variable and indexed brethren.
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Inverted Yield Curve – Will This Time Be Different?
Powell’s message wasn’t as dovish as markets hoped. A fourth rate hike was too close a consideration for this year. Projections for three rate hikes, more aggressive than expected for 2019, sent the averages negative for the day.
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The World’s Most Misunderstood Investment – Part 1
. Annuities are insurance products that guarantee a lifetime income stream. Pensions are considered annuities.
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“Buy & Hold” Fantasy Story Reaches Fever Pitch
Nobody is timing markets. It cannot be done effectively in the long-term although bouts of luck may arise. Unfortunately, long-term bull markets breed overweening stock jocks.
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3-ways Millennials Can Learn To Trust The Markets
Chronic skepticism and trepidation is hurting younger generations as they should participate in stock investing. They just don’t know who to trust.
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STOCKS I FOLLOW

BOND PIMCO Total Return Exchange-Traded Fund
BSV Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF
ECON EGSHARES EMERGING MARKETS CO
HYD Market Vectors High Yield Municipal Index ETF
MUB iShares S&P National Municipal Bond Fund

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A Houston Lesson: Be “One” & “Someone” To A Happy Retirement
Retirees must stay vigilant and examine portfolio withdrawals to be a step ahead of sequence-of-return risk.

Work Experience

Director of Financial Planning, Contributing Editor
Clarity Financial LLC
November 2012 - Present (5 years 6 months)

Responsible for helping pre-retirees, retirees and their families with financial planning, cash-flow analysis, portfolio strategic and tactical allocation and financial education within an objective, no conflict-of-interest environment. As a fiduciary, my first commitment is to the client. Earned certificate of completion for Advanced Investment Strategist from the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA).

Vice-President & Financial Consultant
Charles Schwab
September 1998 - October 2012 (14 years 4 months)

Responsible for building and maintaining relationships with households seeking financial services. Private Client Consultant with $230 million of fee-based assets under management. Also provided financial planning guidance, retirement cash flow strategies, portfolio construction and investment analysis. If you need my insights about working for this corrupt "organization," reach out.

SVP - Branch Manager Financial Consultant
Dreyfus
September 1989 - September 1998 (9 years 2 months)

Worked as branch manager for Sarasota Dreyfus Investor Center. Also responsible for affluent client allocations and investment plans.

Education

College for Financial Planning
MS
2003 / 2005
Financial Planning
Saint John's University - Peter J. Tobin College of Business
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
1982 / 1986
Marketing/Finance

Publications

Random Thoughts of a Money Muse
Richard Rosso
10/23/2012

Random Thoughts is a pop-culture, photo-filled romp through poor urban lives gone mad. Yet valuable lessons learned about money along the way made the entire strange trip worthwhile. It busts through dangerous dogma that has plagued the financial services industry for decades & outlines how you, the investing public can get financially ahead now. It's a refreshingly real adventure through money truth designed to prepare you for a new, harsher financial reality. Be ready for humor, some sexy, a bit of self help, brain-eating zombies and most important - financial ideas you & your family can implement immediately to make it through the next decade and beyond.