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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

Over-preparing for the recession that wasn't

It appears that a full-blown recession has been avoided, but the cost of this for investors has been potentially being too conservative too soon.

Should an election year change your stock market strategy?

Elections matter for policy reasons, which can impact corporate profits, which can impact companies' values, which can impact one's moves on the stock market.

Do not overlook the value of stopping

Take your time and rethink your habits when it comes to financial planning.

What pickleball can teach you about financial planning

Keep these three lessons in mind.

Identifying a touchstone word for the year may help you focus on your finances

Let's explore the many facets of a particular word in our financial lives: want.

You can stay in your home as you age, but should you?

Financial planner Ross Levin walks through why it might be a good idea to move out sooner than later.

Don't believe these investing rumors

Simple strategies spark life in investing.

The must-dos for retirement, including a medical directive

In financial planning, there are only a few things that you absolutely have to do. Including establishing powers of attorney, making a will and naming your beneficiaries.

The true benefits of diversifying your portfolio to allot for risk

You may give up some short-term performance, but it is much safer than pedaling against the traffic.

Ross Levin: After a sour year in stocks, focus on understanding your fear and greed

Did the falling markets affect more than they needed to?