About Paul Nichols

Paul is the founder of Financial Abundance, a Registered Investor Advisory firm and EDI, an Estate Planning Firm with offices in State College and Lewisburg. He has been working with individuals, families and businesses for over twenty years, including many Fortune 500 companies. He has educated tens of thousands of people through seminars, workshops and various international speaking engagements where he shared the stage with many notable individuals such as Ronald Reagan, Robert Kiyosaki (author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad), Mike Ditka, General Schwarzkopf, and Newt Gingrich to name a few.

In 2000, after many years of traveling to consult companies and individuals, Paul decided to relocate from Colorado to State College, PA (his wife’s hometown) to develop a local advisory firm.

Paul operates under the core belief that education plus understanding leads to clarity and confidence; resulting in peace of mind. He is a proud father of three and devoted husband of 20 plus years.

Some of Paul’s accomplishments:
Regular contributor to the Centre Daily Times, via the “It’s Your Money” blog
Featured in the movie Navigating the Fog of Investing
Regular contributor to Town & Gown as the publications Investor Coach
Host of the weekly iTunes Podcast, It’s Your Money
Member of the Western PA Better Business Bureau
Member of the Centre County Chamber of Business and Industry

Stock Picking: Confident Assertion or Financial Folly

Have you ever personally experienced a Confident Assertion within yourself or while observing others? I think it’s interesting in the area finance, how many Confident Assertions are made about the stock market. Then with hindsight become a bitter punch line, more so than a reality. We see this with recommendations from bullies on Wall Street; […]

The Real Cost of Safe Money

Altoona, PA – A fellow Investor Coach shared a story about a Senior Citizen on a radio talk show the other day, lamenting about the ultra-low CD rates the banks are now paying. He had recently spent an entire afternoon visiting one bank after another, trying to eke out a few extra pennies to help […]

Municipal Bond? Safe or Sham?

State College, PA – It has happened again!  Investors depending on municipal bonds for a secure retirement should be concerned.  For the second time in three years, the Security and Exchange Commission has slapped another state with securities fraud.  Recently, the SEC charged Illinois with misleading its municipal bond investors. In a press release, the […]

From My Daily Journal

A trend we have noticed among baby boomers that we have recently coached up about global market returns is a lot of people exhibit concern and worried body language. When we discuss retirement planning and income needs, not only is there a high percentage of fear, but some of the people that I’m talking to […]

A Broken Record

The more I study my industry, the more I’m noticing that the news of pessimism, fear, and greed, are always in cycle and at play. The more I identify these strategies and share them, I know I must sound like a broken record. The sensational opinion laded broadcasts are starting to actually become a daily […]

Do Not Give Up

For those of you that know me, you know that I am an eternal proactive optimist, balanced with a dose of realism, and a sprinkle of discernment. I have always prided myself on the ability to take complex issues and simplify them, that is my unique ability and why I love coaching so much. As […]

College Potential Not Promise

I was reading an article recently talking about reinventing college planning. This newly compiled data offers some interesting talking points or conversational topics. It’s estimated that by 2020, 65% of all jobs will require a post secondary education. They argue that having fewer degrees threatens our global competitiveness. I really can’t speak to that out […]

Income – Reverse Engineerin​g

A recent article talked about how a multiplier of eight times your income is the approximate size of the nest egg one would need in order to retire comfortably. In our planning process we prefer not to pull numbers out of the air. Is eight the right number? It may be or may not be. […]

Preparing For Peace of Mind

As Investment Advisors we experience firsthand the roller coaster that many individuals go on emotionally when they start to think about the monumental task of retirement planning. Most issues in retirement can be explained in a logical manner that in reality should trump the emotion. We believe education leads to clarity, clarity to confidence, and […]

20 Investment Questions

What if everything you thought you knew about retirement planning and investing turned out to be incorrect, when would you want to know? Once you did know would you do something about it? The real battle for investors comes when they attempt to exercise discernment not knowing or understanding the mechanisms involved. In other words, […]

The Investor’s Dilemma

Investments, income planning, portfolio construction, and tax planning are just a few topics that throw many people into the investor dilemma mindset. We are all emotional individuals; we want to be secure in our future financially. This need for security leads us to try to forecast our financial future. As we embark on a journey […]

Are You Diversified?

When it comes to portfolio construction, as well as portfolio allocation, one of the biggest areas that investors do not understand is the concept of dissimilar price movement. A simple example would be the idea of owning umbrella companies and sun tan lotion companies. Umbrella companies, unto themselves may be volatile, and sun lotion companies, […]

Coin Flipping

There’s a saying I’ve heard through the years, “Nobody loses in Vegas “. This makes me think of a relatively new area of financial study amongst many of the top university finance programs. The area of study is designed to understand better about investor behavior and psychology. We have learned more about this particular field from […]

Lies

You don’t know what you don’t know! Simple, but profound. As an investor you may fall victim to the lies of the financial industry, including large investment institutions and the financial media. Belief in and action taken based on these fallacies have caused thousands of investors to lose massive amounts of their investment monies. The […]

If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them

Lewisburg, PA – The goal of investing is to get an overall market return. The stock market consists of large cap, small cap, micro cap; value and growth; developed international large, emerging markets, emerging small, and emerging value companies. Additionally, there is fixed income, cash, T-bills, and bonds. A broad based, global portfolio may hold […]