Asheville Citizens-Times — August 20, 2017

Socially responsible investing: Can it work in Asheville?

Bray Creech, MBA, CPA

It’s fun to read some of the bumper stickers here in Asheville: “Clean and Green.” “Save the Earth, There’s no Planet B.” One of my personal favorites: “May the FOREST be with you.”

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Asheville Citizen-Times — July 9, 2017

Investment advice: ‘Emotional cycle’ will cost you money

Bray Creech, MBA, CPA

There’s an adage that your investments are like bars of soap: The more you handle them, the smaller they get.

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Asheville Citizen-Times — May 14, 2017

May 29 means it’s time to plan kids’ college savings

Bray Creech, MBA, CPA

I will go out on a limb and assume that May 29 — 529 College Savings Day — is not marked on your calendar. But if you’re a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, maybe it should be.

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Asheville Citizen-Times — April 13, 2017

Financial advice: Save for retirement or reduce debt?

Bray Creech, MBA, CPA

When presented with many choices, especially if I like all the choices, I have a hard time committing to just one. At The Hop Ice Cream Café or Wedge Brewing Co., for example, I’m easily overwhelmed: “YES! I want all the ice cream, and I want all the beer!”

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April 10, 2017

Classical Meets Hip-Hop: Proud to Support “Mozartistic”

Writer

Supporting youth and the arts are longtime priorities for our office, so when the Asheville Symphony approached us about supporting its latest recording project, a CD titled “Mozartistic,” it was a perfect match. “Mozartistic” features Grammy-winning k …

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Asheville Citizen-Times — March 12, 2017

Guest financial column: Adding optimism to your plan

Bray Creech, MBA, CPA

While it is well-documented that an optimistic attitude can improve your overall physical well-being, a positive approach may also improve your chances of achieving your financial goals.

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Asheville Citizen-Times — January 24, 2017

Guest column: Diversify your retirement tax burden

Bray Creech, MBA, CPA

There is a lot of buzz about upcoming changes to the tax code. Lowering federal income tax rates is a known priority for congress and the incoming president. Whatever happens, it’s a reminder that federal and state tax rates are largely out of our control.

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December 21, 2016

Books for the holidays

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This year, as a holiday gift in honor of all of our clients, we partnered with the YWCA Primary Enrichment Program (PEP) to provide a group of 80 local children a trip to Malaprop’s Bookstore to hear a reading and pick out a book to take home, read and …

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Asheville Citizen-Times — December 11, 2016

Advice column: Tips for Asheville’s nervous investors

Bray Creech, MBA, CPA

I’m a nervous flyer. If there’s the least little bit of turbulence, the plane is about to crash — in my mind, at least. My heart races; I’m short of breath and white-knuckling the armrests for dear life.

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Asheville Citizen-Times — November 8, 2016

Financial advice: Planning your year-end giving

Bray Creech, MBA, CPA

It probably comes as no surprise to you that humans sometimes make irrational decisions — especially when it comes to managing our money.

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Asheville Citizen-Times — October 3, 2016

Columnist: How grandparents can help grandchildren with college

Bray Creech, MBA, CPA

Growing up, my favorite set of TV grandparents was Russell and Anna Huxtable from “The Cosby Show.” Cliff’s parents — remember them?

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Asheville Citizen-Times — September 2, 2016

Financial colunn: Behaviors that sabotage your savings

Bray Creech, MBA, CPA

It probably comes as no surprise to you that humans sometimes make irrational decisions — especially when it comes to managing our money.

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Asheville Citizen-Times — July 23, 2016

Column: How and why to make IRA catch-up contributions

Bray Creech, MBA, CPA

Perhaps your family is going through its own “Brexit” this summer: A child is going off to college or they got their first job, with a real salary. Or maybe they’re getting married and starting a family of their own. Whatever the case, you’re about to enter a new financial reality.

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Asheville Citizen-Times — June 25, 2016

Heading into your 60s? Here’s a retirement checklist

Bray Creech, MBA, CPA

My mom just turned 69; she made many decisions in the last decade that significantly impacted her retirement. When you’re in your 60s, key decision points for your retirement planning can rapidly sneak up on you.

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