The Blue Blaze

How Four Days in Miami Affirmed My Mission to Change Everything.

Posted by Frank J. Corrado, CPA, CFP on Dec 7, 2018 3:48:00 PM


Right before Thanksgiving, more than 200 professionals gathered in Miami, Florida for the annual conference sponsored by the Alliance of Comprehensive Planners. ACP is a national, not-for-profit, membership organization and a pioneering community of fee-only financial planners who are committed to providing service to clients in a true, fiduciary model.

Was it a rip-roaring fun time filled with soaring, thought-provoking speeches and deep conversation about transformation and inspired risk-taking?

You bet. And here's why.

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Topics: Fiduciary, Fee only, Appreciative Inquiry, Values, Purpose,, Optimal Life,, Financial life guidance

Giving: How To Do The Most Good Without Disrupting Your Financial Plan

Posted by Frank J. Corrado, CPA, CFP on Oct 26, 2018 7:17:00 AM

Many studies have shown that charitable giving provides greater happiness than buying more stuff. Eventually, you get used to your fancy new car, and the enjoyment it provides may fade -- though if you’re spending with purpose, it shouldn’t.  

Even if that big purchase thrill does fade, there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence and actual scientific studies to assure us that giving forges feelings of connectedness and community that don’t fade away.

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Topics: Charitable, Values, Purpose,, Optimal Life,, Planning

The Federal Fiduciary Rule is Dead. Long Live the Fiduciary Rule.

Posted by Frankie Corrado on Sep 13, 2018 9:58:00 AM


Following a long and extensive battle with government bureaucracy, the Fiduciary Rule died on June 21, 2018. The Rule is remembered fondly by its many supporters for the transparency and objectivism it was meant to bring to the financial services industry. It is mourned by the many who believed in its unfulfilled potential.

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Topics: Values, Optimal Life,, Financial Services, Financial life guidance, Fee only, Fiduciary, Fiduciary rule, Ethics

Are You Financially and Emotionally Prepared for Life's Big Transitions?

Posted by Frank J. Corrado, CPA, CFP on Aug 3, 2018 9:37:59 AM


Financial planning is more than just a series of savings and investments you lock away and forget about. Your money doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Your financial needs and priorities are going to change in response to the transitions that we all go through as we work, raise our families, and look ahead to retirement.

Managing these transitions is one of the keys to keeping your finances in balance, and to achieving a greater Return on Life™ (ROL).

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Topics: Values, Optimal Life,, Retirement, Career changes, Financial life guidance

Three Overlooked Keys to Being a Successful Investor

Posted by Frank J. Corrado, CPA, CFP on Jul 6, 2018 9:42:00 AM


Does investing strike “fear” in you? We once heard somebody say the word “fear” stands for “False Evidence Appearing Real.” That seems to apply to investing. Here’s why.

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Topics: Optimal Life,

Is Your Money Being Used to Improve Your Life?

Posted by Frank J. Corrado, CPA, CFP on Jun 14, 2018 8:27:13 AM

There’s a movement toward redefining money: instead of accumulating money for what it can buy, more of us want to use money to live the best life possible with what we have––a concept known as Return on Life™ (ROL).

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Topics: return on life,, Optimal Life,, Financial life guidance

Our Return On Life: Why It's More Important Than Our Return On Investment

Posted by Frank J. Corrado, CPA, CFP on May 29, 2018 11:10:36 AM

TAKE THE ROL (Return on Life) QUIZ -  and get your personalized report.

“Do I have enough money to get married?”

“Do I have enough money to have more children?”

“Do I have enough money to start my own business?”

“Will I have enough money to retire?”

These are typical questions that people often ask themselves over time when they start thinking about financial planning. And that’s only natural. We expect our money to help us feel safe, provide a safety net for key life transitions -- especially as we grow older -- and start thinking about retirement.

Unfortunately, if you view your savings and investments only as numbers on a page that you’re trying to nudge upwards, then there’s no such thing as “enough.”

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Topics: return on life,, Purpose,, Optimal Life,

You Want a Happy Life? Stop Worrying About What You’ve Got

Posted by Frank J. Corrado, CPA, CFP on May 4, 2018 8:15:48 AM



Quick, what’s the definition of a happy life? This semester, about a quarter of Yale University’s undergrads signed up to find out, making it the most popular class of all time at the school.

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Topics: Optimal Life,, return on life,, Financial life guidance

1 Easy Thing You Can Still Do to Lower Your Tax Bill for 2017

Posted by Frankie Corrado on Feb 13, 2018 2:51:48 PM


A client of mine recently asked me if she could still make a 401k contribution for the prior year (2017). Unfortunately I had to explain that no, she couldn’t - that window closed on December 31st.

But good news! There is still time to save in a tax-smart way for the prior year.

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Topics: Optimal Life,, Tax prep, Financial life guidance, Financial Services

We Told Our Colleagues It Was Time to Change. Their Response Surprised Us.

Posted by Frankie Corrado on Dec 4, 2017 9:29:02 AM


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You never know what will happen when you propose bold change. The only guarantee is that you’ll get people’s attention...and a LOT of people weighing in with opinions.

At this year’s Alliance of Comprehensive Planners (ACP) annual conference, Blue Blaze had a spot at the Board table as well as time on the agenda. We proposed big change. We got lots of feedback.

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Topics: Financial life guidance, Optimal Life,, Values