Clarity Coaching Tips

Here you will find many tidbits of coaching and financial information that often needs to be clarified for most American investors. Some of the information is very basic and in the form of a current market update. Some of the information is timely topics, based on current social political and economic climate. Some of these are strategies, ideas, and concepts that we have picked up through the years and implemented in our practice. Basically a soup to nuts area of information on all things financial.


Check out our Clarity Coaching Video Clips and the “It’s Your Money” podcasts for more tidbits that might pique your interest.

Withdraw Cash From Your IRA or 401(k) Annually With No Tax Consequence

Most Americans are lured into saving for retirement with traditional qualified retirement plans, such as IRA’s and 401(k)s. They are convinced by financial advisors to contribute pre-tax dollars to 401(k) plans or place tax-deductible contributions into IRAs because of the tax advantages during the contribution and accumulation phases of their retirement planning. They seem to ignore the two most important phases – when withdraw your money for retirement income, and when you pass away and transfer any remaining funds to your heirs.

Investments: Fees, Costs, Commissions?

From the desk of Paul Nichols: President of Financial Abundance Inc.

When it comes to making investment decisions, many consumers know they are ill prepared to do it themselves. That’s why you’re smart to turn to a financial advisor for help. A talented, dedicated advisor can help you develop a portfolio that’s suitable and appropriate for your situation, one that’s designed to meet your goals and can generate higher returns at lower risks– and with less work– than you are likely to obtain on your own.

Parkinson’s Law

From the desk of Paul Nichols: President of Financial Abundance Inc.

C. Northcote Parkinson is probably most recognized for his book entitled Parkinson’s Law. It states that “work expands to meet the time envelope allowed.” Give it a shot- give someone a task with a deadline of 2 days, and it will be done near the end of the 2nd day. Give the same task to another person and give them a week to complete it. You can bet that the task won’t be completed until the waning hours of the 7th day.

Tax Planning: All the Dogs Barking Up the Wrong Tree Doesn’t Make it the Right One

From the desk of Paul Nichols: President of Financial Abundance Inc.

Socking money away into IRAs and 401(k)s and paying extra principal on your mortgage is counter-productive

In the quest for financial independence, there are two places most Americans accumulate the most money: our home and our retirement plan.

Following accepted wisdom, we set aside money in qualified retirement accounts such as IRAs and 401(k)s, enjoying tax deductible funding and/or tax deferred accumulation. At the same time, we assume it’s best to achieve the goal of outright home ownership and save money no mortgage interest expense by sending extra principal payments against our mortgages.

Wealth Advisors: You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

From the desk of Paul Nichols: President of Financial Abundance Inc.

I originally heard the question why not you, why not now in 1992 at a business function. The billionaire Richard DeVos was speaking, where afterwards I had an opportunity to sit down and spend some time with him.

What’s Buffett Buying?

From the desk of Paul Nichols: President of Financial Abundance Inc.

In a recent article Warren Buffett wrote:

“THE financial world is a mess, both in the United States and abroad. Its problems, moreover, have been leaking into the general economy, and the leaks are now turning into a gusher. In the near term, unemployment will rise, business activity will falter and headlines will continue to be scary.

So… I’ve been buying American stocks. This is my personal account I’m talking about, in which I previously owned nothing but United States government bonds. (This description leaves aside my Berkshire Hathaway holdings, which are all committed to philanthropy.) If prices keep looking attractive, my non-Berkshire net worth will soon be 100 percent in United States equities.

Portfolio Management: Should You Switch to Cash?

From the desk of Paul Nichols: President of Financial Abundance Inc.

I’m sure the thought has crossed your mind, especially with the roller coaster stock market we are currently experiencing. “Why not just put all of my investments in cash, just until the market stabilizes?” Many investors are acting on that thought. Through the first six days of October, $19 billion was pulled out of mutual funds that invest in United States stocks. That’s equal to the ENTIRE MONTH of September 2008 according to TrimTabs Investment Research.

Welcome to Financial Abundance

Financial Abundance, headquartered in State College, PA, is a Registered Investment Advisory Firm whose founder Paul Nichols is known as the “Investor Coach”.

FA (Financial Abundance) is a full-service investment, retirement and estate planning firm. We operate under the core belief that education plus understanding leads to clarity and confidence that can result in peace of mind.

Our site includes both audio and visual content and is designed with an educational component. You will notice an array of links to the left under Primary links; specifically Weekly Clarity Coaching and Podcasts.

– Under Weekly Clarity Coaching you will find two to five minute subject-specific videos that have been featured on NBC affiliate WJAC-TV Channel 6. These educational videos were produced with the intent to clarify financial subjects.

– Under Podcasts we have approximately three to four years of recordings from Paul’s syndicated radio show, It’s Your Money (now available on iTunes).

Please take advantage of some complimentary coaching using the “Ask the Coach” link where Paul answers questions about the content in our site and how it may apply to you. For those of you with general questions, please use this same link to send a question and/or comment to the Coach.

You don’t know what you don’t know.

Portfolio Construction Investor Quiz

Must Answer Questions for Confident Investing

Successful people learn from the mistakes of others, yet the investment world is littered with people making the same missteps over and over again. What are they and how can we avoid them? Let’s take a look at some of the more universal strategies that investors use that cause financial heartache.

Financial Planner: Initial Consultation

How we can help you:

If you’ve been concerned about your investments, it may be time to meet with us at Financial Abundance. Unlike other advisors, we are not affiliated with any firms that are paid through commissions or product sales.

Portfolio Allocation Investor Quiz

Must Answer Questions for Confident Investing

These questions are based on the core belief that education plus understanding leads to confidence and peace of mind around investing. In other words, confusion, stress and anxiety are the result when we are “in the dark” about important investment issues. Note: When answering these questions, you must be 100% confident that you know the answer to the question to qualify for a “yes” answer on the quiz.

Coaching vs Planning

Does the information from the Financial Services industry leave you confused and bewildered? If someone really could accurately predict market movement on a consistent basis, what would be their motivation for telling you? If what you thought was the best way to invest in the market turned out not to be…when would you want to know?

Our Mission

Our goal at Financial Abundance is to save the world one investor at a time. We want to play our part in the solution to create peace of mind for individuals, families and businesses about their investments. This can be accomplished, through education and understanding with research and studies from Nobel laureates and professors at leading universities around the country. We want to show people that they can, for the first time in their lives, have peace of mind about how they invest; that sleepless nights of doubt can be converted into confidence about their direction regardless of the current economic conditions. Regardless if you’re from Penn State or the state pen you can learn how to be a prudent and educated investor.


Financial Abundance operates under the core belief that education plus understanding leads to clarity and confidence; resulting in peace of mind. This is extremely rare to find with traditional financial planning today.

People have at their disposal unlimited resources and information regarding their personal finances. From 24-hour news channels to the World Wide Web, we are bombarded with messages that are often confusing, conflicting, and sometimes simply inaccurate.

While some may think this technology has made it easier for people to plan for their retirement, for many it has not. In fact, people are more confused than ever and are jeopardizing their financial future by following various fads and strategies promoted in the main stream press.

Through our Investor Education Programs, we help people cut through the rhetoric. In order to improve the likelihood of success, we teach our clients to implement a method of portfolio management used by most corporate pension plans today. We shun common myths of investing like stock picking, market timing, past performance and the use of fund managers. Instead, we guide each client through a program that not only educates, but ensures the necessary steps are taken toward reaching your investment goals.