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About Linda Robertson

CFP®, AFC, ChFC®, Masters in Financial Planning, CEBS

Linda Robertson is a Senior Resident Financial Planner at Financial Finesse. Linda has a keen ability to bring financial planning and workplace benefits planning together to help employees maximize their benefits.

Linda is a widely sought after public speaker specializing in workplace employee financial issues and writes a weekly blog on the subject.

Her background includes 18 years in the financial services industry with positions ranging from Banking to Tax Specialist to Financial Planner. She achieved the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation in 1999 and the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designation in 2001.

Favorite Book: Nudge by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein

Fun Fact: Linda uses her vacation home down in Florida as her "landing pad" between her cross-country travels when the weather isn't nice in Philly.

Favorite Quote: Just Do It (Nike Slogan)

Making a New Beginning

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice, and to make an end is to make a beginning.”  T.S. Eliot fans may recognize this poem, entitled Little Gidding, that focuses on the unity of the past, present, and future. Although not a well-known poet like Eliot, I’ve been writing my weekly blog posts for the past 4 years.  Read more

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Doing the Math on College Planning

During the holidays, I had so much fun visiting family as did many of my colleagues. So as we all got back into the groove of working, we shared stories of those sometimes amusing family encounters. Tania, our Atlanta-based CFP, talked about how it was wonderful seeing her cousins, who only a few years ago she was bouncing off her knee, now that they are all taller than she is (which isn’t a stretch since she is barely above five feet tall).  Here’s her story: Read more

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Before the Ball Drops

New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the past and ponder your future, but many of us spend more time planning how we will be celebrating on the last night of the year instead of planning ahead on how to achieve our New Year’s resolutions.One of the most common resolutions is to improve financial well-being, either by saving more or paying down debt.  So before you head out tomorrow night, reflect on your financial past by taking the time to calculate your net worth so you know where you stand as we head into 2015.  Read more

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Finding Some Extra Jingle, Jingle For the Holidays

As I pulled into the unmanned toll booth on 90W in Chicago recently, I was glad to find I had quite a bit of change in the bottom of my purse since the toll was $1.90 and took coins only.  That got me thinking about all the loose change many people have in their pockets or car cup holders and all the extra coins sitting around in coffee cans, piggy banks, and like in my house – a huge plastic pretzel jar.  The average household has about $58 in loose change based on the typical amount of coins cashed in at Coinstar. Read more

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Out With The Old

As the cold weather settles in for the winter here in the northeast, out come all the wool sweaters and turtlenecks from the back of the closet.  This is also the time of year I do a once over of my wardrobe to prepare for my yearly donation to Goodwill. Now, I don’t have any sweaters that could win in the contest for the ugly Christmas sweater party, but there are a few that I accidentally washed and shrunk that no longer fit. So these shrunken sweaters, along with out-of-fashion cowl neck and peplum tops, need to go. Even the long, flowing waterfall sweaters that I stocked up on last year are no longer fashionable, according to whowhatwear.comRead more

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Know Your Limits

With New Year’s Eve celebrations right around the corner, it is important to know your limits.I don’t mean your limit on glasses of champagne and calorie intake, although those limits are also pretty important while you ring in the new year. Uncle Sam has some changes in store as we head into 2015.  Read more

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Today is Giving Tuesday

As you reflect back on your holiday weekend, what are you thankful for?  Hopefully, you had a chance to share a Thanksgiving meal of turkey and all the fixings with your family and friends, followed by pumpkin or pecan pie.Perhaps you headed out early to the mall for the deals on Black Friday, where (if you shop like I do) you bought gifts for your loved ones and a few things for yourself, too. For those fortunate enough to be able to buy a turkey feast and to hit the malls or get in on the cyber deals online yesterday, how about giving today to those much less fortunate? Read more

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When Planning Really Matters

Last week, a colleague of mine lost her best friend to cancer. She was one of those people whose presence made you feel at peace. She also was great at planning for the future.  Read more

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Fire Drill For The What Ifs​

A co-worker recently had a scare when her husband was admitted to the hospital for a possible heart attack. His family has a history of heart problems so she was terrified at the thought of her life without her best friend, having to explain to her children they’d lost their dad, and not spending the rest of her life with him. She shared with me all sorts of thoughts that started creeping into her head…all of the “what ifs.” (Luckily for her, his health problem was not severe, just early symptoms of diabetes, and his problems are treatable with lifestyle changes.) Read more

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Think Long Term For The Holidays

So the weather is cooling down and immediately we start thinking about all of the yummy holiday food and spending time with our loved ones. After we start basking in the glow of chocolate chip cookies and family, it slowly starts to sink in that this time of the year is expensive. Between traveling, Thanksgiving Day meals, and presents, you and your wallet are exhausted by New Year’s. So what is a gift-giving person to do? Read more

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