What the heck is going on? Is this 2008 or 2015?

What the heck is going on? Is this 2008 or 2015
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Tags: Financial Wellness, Planning, Life, Risk

Stop Touching Me

Either as a child or a parent you have heard these words spoken in a shrill voice coming from your child as you are driving down the road and your children are belted into their seat belts behind you.
"Make her stop touching me!"
"He is STILL touching me"
This continues until you as a parent separate the children or possibly suggest that if they don't stop then you will need to stop the car and assist them in being separated.
Their actions are distracting you from being focused and doing your best as a driver.  
How long would you put up with this as a parent?  Maybe five minutes or possibly less?
Then why do you allow today's smartphone and tablet technology do the same thing?
What do I mean?  
Think about your phone for a moment.   
How many "Notifications" pop up on your phone?  
All of them are the App's way of trying to get you to pay attention to them and the idiocy of this is that you gave them the permission to distract you.
It is time to STOP the permission based notifications and gain your life back.
When I first realized this was happening, I had nearly twenty-five different programs where I had "allowed" them to send me notifications when I had installed the App.
Now, I have reduced that by twenty to the five I really need or want.
If you are experiencing this "attack of the machines" and want to stop them then take a few moments and follow these simple steps.
For Push Notifications, you’ll need to disable these in the Settings app as well. Tap open your Settings app, then tap Notifications. Your iPhone will list everything that has the ability to send you Push Notifications. Tap each app you want to manage the Notifications for, and then turn the Notification Center toggle to OFF. Then, set the Alert Style to None, the Badge App Icon and Sounds to OFF, and turn OFF the View in Lock Screen Option.
Voila!  Freedom is yours!!
I enjoy using technology and often am an early adapter, yet I am finding that reducing the constant interruptions has allowed me to enjoy the technology better and control my day in a positive way.
If you need support in accomplishing getting your life back let me know, I would be glad to support you.
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Tags: Technology

Disconnect, Reconnect, and Get Better Looking


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Tags: Technology, Lifestyle, Life

Boycott APPLE during Tax Free Weekend


It is Texas Tax Free Weekend (August 7-9) starting Friday and with the heat wave, you can bet that stores and the malls will be jammed with shoppers looking for deals and sales tax savings.

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Tags: DFW, Summer

The Fed is Taking Away the Punch Bowl

I am consistently asked by clients, friends and co-workers: “What the biggest risk is in today’s market?” When I tell them, “Interest rates and high-quality, longer-term bonds that present a high risk and limited return”, their reactions always surprise me. 

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Tags: Michael Tannery, Tannery & Company, Dallas wealth management, Financial Planning, Investment, Richardson Wealth Management, Fed, Bonds

How to Eliminate the Biggest Obstacle in Your Relationship

What causes the most tension in your relationship?

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Tags: Michael Tannery, Tannery & Company, Richardson, Dallas wealth management, Richardson Wealth Management, Relationships, Marriage, Money, Stress

Keep Your K9 Cool

In case you haven’t noticed, we love our dogs here  at Tannery & Company . We, like most people, see them as part of our family, and we love spending time with them – be it at home,  at the office , and often times outdoors.

With the rain subsided, the days long and sunlight a plenty, there are several opportunities to take our furry family members on all sorts of outdoor adventures. But unfortunately here in Texas, the sunshine ain’t nearly as friendly as the folks.

Just as we take precautions to keep ourselves cool and safe in the heat, we should be just as vigilant in doing the same with our canine companions.

The  Kathy Trail News  recently released the following tips on keeping your K9 safe in the Texas heat:

Limit Exercise on Hot Days

Adjust intensity and duration of exercise in accordance with the temperature. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Be especially careful with pets with white-colored ears, who are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets, who typically have difficulty breathing.

Be Street Smart

Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet's paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible. Always carry water with you to keep your dog from dehydrating. When the temperature is high, don't let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close the ground, your pooch's body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. **If the streets or trail are too hot for you to go barefoot, it’s also too hot for your dog.

Watch the Humidity

"It's important to remember that it's not just the ambient temperature, but also the humidity that can affect your pet," says Dr. Barry Kellogg, VMD, of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. "Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels—very quickly."

Know the Warning Signs

Extreme temperatures can cause heatstroke. Some signs of heatstroke are heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness.

Who’s at Risk

Animals are at particular risk for heat stroke if they are very old, very young, overweight, not conditioned to prolonged exercise, or have heart or respiratory disease. Some breeds of dogs—like boxers, pugs, shih tzus, and other dogs with short muzzles—will have a much harder time breathing in extreme heat.

How to Treat a Dog Suffering from Heatstroke

Taking a dog's temperature will quickly tell you if there is a serious problem. Dogs' temperatures should not be allowed to get over 104 degrees. If your dog's temperature does, move your pet into the shade or an air-conditioned area. Apply ice packs or cold towels to their head, neck, and chest or run cool (not cold) water over them. Let them drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.

If your dog is suffering from any of the above warning signs, take him or her to the nearest emergency clinic. Do your research and know where your  nearest pet clinic  is, and have their contact information saved in your phone.

Summer is a great time for outdoor activities with family and friends (furry or otherwise), so enjoy the sunshine and keep safe!

What are some dog-friendly places you and your four-legged friend like to visit in Dallas?? Comment and let us know!

Have a great weekend,
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Tags: Michael Tannery, 2015, Financial Wellness, Dallas wealth management, Financial Planning, Richardson Wealth Management, Summer

TCWM WE:Connect - Relax

What do Greece, China, Puerto Rico and Texas Weather have in common?
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Tags: Michael Tannery, 2015, Tannery & Company, Dallas, Richardson, Dallas wealth management, Financial Planning, Greece, S&P, Puerto Rico, Richardson Wealth Management, Europe, Markets, China

Greece & Puerto Rico - A 21st Century Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone is an American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is a series of unrelated stories containing drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, suspense, and/or horror, often concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist.

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Tags: Tannery & Company, Dallas, Richardson, Wealth Management, Dallas wealth management, Debt, Greece, Bailout

Mid-Year: Suck or Success?

In a few days, the year will be half way over. 

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Tags: Financial, Michael Tannery, Tannery & Company, Dallas, Richardson, Wealth Management, Planning

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Michael brings in-depth understanding and years of successful practice in financial services and wealth management with the mission to help people make informed financial decisions and unbiased investment choices leading to discovering their True Wealth.

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