July 2016
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MoneyZen Newsletter
In this monthly newsletter, I strive to bring you inspiration and information to help you simplify your finances and simplify your life.

Warmly, Manisha

As the Director of Wealth Strategies for
Women at Buckingham and The BAM ALLIANCE, I work with individuals and
families to help them find financial calm
and confidence. Watch the video to the right to learn more!

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"I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures."

- Lao Tzu
On Sundays I love to catch up with global news via the delightfully concise compendium The Week. This week's Editor's Letter summed up precisely why I've been unable to figure out what to say in this newsletter --- normally a very cheerful and upbeat one -- since the start of the month. William Falk said to readers of the international violence and domestic political turmoil...

"You're entitled to feel some despair over the state of our world. I sure do, even after a lifetime in the news business. In recent weeks, there's been an avalanche of evidence of our species' bottomless capacity for stupidity, savagery, and tribal hatred. An alarming number of our existing and would be-leaders have shown themselves to be clueless, corrupt, self-serving scoundrels and buffoons (See our stories on Brexit and the US presidential race). We teeter on the edge of multiple disasters. But my friends, there's always hope. We've also just gotten a reminder that, at our best, human beings are capable of extraordinary intelligence, teamwork and vision." (Speaking of NASA's Juno spacecraft arriving just one second off its scheduled arrival time after five years in space)

Of the woeful state of race (not to mention sexual orientation and gender) relations here in the US ("after recent violence upon violence upon violence, on all sides...") my wise friend and HoneyBee Capital CEO (and Harvard Divinity graduate) Katherine Collins shared these sage words in her Sunday missive.  Quoting Martin Luther King, Jr. "Darkness cannot put out darkness; only light can do that,"

Trying to digest all of this I am reminded of writer Marianne Williamson's sharp insight that, "Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn." This concept has been cited many times in many ways - that every human action comes from either a place of fear or a place of love. I used to wonder exactly what Gandhi meant when he said, "Be the change you wish to see in the world."  With so many of us wondering what our small, individual selves can possible do to make this global insanity subside, I now see that this is precisely what he meant.

So this month I take a break from speaking directly about personal finance in this note and instead encourage us all to find the compassion within to connect with each other -- across religious, ethnic, gender, socio-economic and whatever other divisive lines may be out there -- and see and react to the humanity in each other to find proactive solutions rather than continue to stir up and act upon fear and divisiveness.

- To Your MoneyZen, Manisha
Recent media mentions...

CNBC (VIDEO):  "Keep Calm & Carry On - Brexit & Your Portfolio"

Sharp Heels:  "Why Women Need To Be Better Investors"

Leanne Jacobs (PODCAST):  "Beautiful Money"

Interesting articles that caught my eye this month...

[NOTE: these are not the most uplifting set of articles I've shared so far this year... but important for us all to be aware of nevertheless, especially in the context of compassionately seeking peaceful, proactive change and resolution in so many areas of the world right now]

"How Wall Street Bro Talk Keeps Women Down"  -  The New York Times

Melinda Gates on "The Gender Gap Nobody Is Talking About" (unpaid household work) - The White House's United States of Women Conference

"The Lady CFO...." Sexism & Gender (in)Equality alive and well at Alphabet's shareholder meeting - Fortune

"No Queens at Burger King" Outrage over woman-less board - Bloomberg

"Two Cringe Worthy Minutes of Fox News Commentary on Gretchen Carlson's Appearance" - Mashable

How Our Fears About Money Could Sway The 2016 Election
Manisha loves Carl Richards’ drawings because she firmly believes that the best investment ideas should be simple enough to explain on a cocktail napkin! BehaviorGap.com illustrations used with permission.
About Manisha

Manisha Thakor, CFA, CFP®, and her Buckingham colleagues provide evidence-based wealth management to families across the country. An ardent advocate of financial literacy for women, Manisha is passionate about providing the financial wisdom that women and families need to redefine their relationship with money. 

Manisha is the co-author of two critically acclaimed personal finance books: On My Own Two Feet: A Modern Girl’s Guide to Personal Finance and Get Financially Naked: How to Talk Money with Your Honey. Her work has been featured in a range of national media outlets, including CNN, PBS, NPR, The Today Show, Rachel Ray, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, Real Simple, Women’s Day, Glamour, Essence and MORE magazine.

Manisha earned her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College in 1992 and her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1997. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she joyfully revels in the amazing coffee/foodie scene and stunning beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

About MoneyZen

Manisha's "MoneyZen" work is an outgrowth of her quest to identify simple, joyful methods that we can all use to feel calmer and more balanced in our relationship to money. Despite the abundance of educational resources on personal finance, many struggle to find financial sanity, security and serenity because they're overwhelmed and confused. We need fresh wisdom to break out of the cycle of despair and create lives of abundance. Enter: MoneyZen.

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