On April 18, 2019, Traci Richmond, CFP®, CDFA™ was named to the 2019 list of the Financial Times 400 Top Financial Advisors. Produced annually, the FT400 is based on data gathered from advisors, broker-dealer home offices, regulatory disclosures and Financial Times research.  The honor reflects each recipient’s “grade” in...

It’s an adventure – as Traci recently discovered when her 13-year-old son went on an Amazon shopping spree: Tommy wanted to upgrade his Xbox gaming console, and give his old one to his little brother as a birthday present. To help Tommy finance this purchase, I...

Thanks to Siri and autocorrect, it’s pretty easy to breeze past hard to spell words without giving them much thought. That’s why we’re so glad you took a moment to accept our challenge. Each year, The Meakem Group sponsors the Montgomery County Regional Spelling Bee...

Imagine buying a house without asking the price. That’s essentially what you’re doing if you take out a loan or rack up credit card bills without fully understanding what you’ll actually pay to pay off that debt....

You’re driving down the highway when smoke starts billowing from under the hood. Do you keep going, hoping the engine fire will magically put itself out? Of course not. You pull over and face the reality of your situation....

According to the College Board,15 years from now (that’s 2033!), a private four-year college degree will cost $323,900. Gulp. Some families have been saving in 529 accounts that can be used for qualified educational expenses like higher education tuition, room and board, books, and computers....