Passionate Investing

An Investment Advisor Volunteers at Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School is a small Pre-K through 8th grade elementary school in Bettendorf, Iowa.  It makes me smile to begin every week by volunteering there on Monday mornings.  I first help in Mrs. Driscoll's 6th grade math class.  I love working one-on-one with the students!  It makes me feel so great to see the "lightbulb" come on in a student's eyes after I help with a percentage…

An Investment Advisor With Dr. Jill Biden

I was so humbled to be recognized during the November 3rd YWCA event, "100 Years, 100 Honored" which honored Dr. Jill Biden and 100 Influential Citizens of the Quad-Cities Community.  Meeting Dr. Biden one-on-one and getting the opportunity to snap a picture with her to commemorate the event will always be a "once-in-a-lifetime" experience!  She is truly a role model: educator, advocate, political…

An Investment Advisor Talks About Stocks

Even older retirees need to invest in stocks for growth in order to protect the value of their purchasing power during periods of rising inflation.  I've talked to retirees who tell me they can't invest in stocks as they won't have enough time to "make up the loss" if there's a market correction.  There will always be market corrections--in both the stock and the bond markets.  Here's the thing,…

Proud to Be on the Board of the Amy Helpenstell Foundation

I am so privileged to be part of the Board of the Amy Helpenstell Foundation.  Amy was brilliant, funny, caring and a savvy businesswoman.  She was the CEO of A.D. Huesing Company before she passed in 2003.  Amy was my best friend and she will always be greatly missed by our Quad-Cities community and all those that loved her.  Amy lives on in the legacy that she made sure would continue after her…

An Investment Advisor Teaches J.A.

The mission statement of Junior Achievement is "Empowering young people to own their own economic success.".  Wow!  I've built my professional career in trying to help investors become successful.  How exciting to have the opportunity to help our community's children begin to think about navigating that same path!  I have recently begun teaching Junior Achievement or JA at Paul Norton Elementary…

Financial Planning: Diversification and Asset Allocation

When constructing a retirement portfolio, diversification and asset allocation are key.  I can help with both!  Diversification means not having all your eggs in one basket.  Different classes of assets like stocks, bonds and cash can rise and fall independently of each other.  Foreign stocks and bonds can also act independently of U.S. assets.  We live in a global economy and some exposure to foreign…

A Financial Advisor and the Solar System "Date"

Let me share my latest adventure with Myiah, my 8-year-old mentee through Big Brothers/Big Sisters.  On Saturday evening, my husband and I picked Myiah up for dinner out and the obligatory detour to Whitey's for post-dinner ice-cream.  She makes a game out of picking a new flavor of ice-cream for dessert every time we visit from Whitey's extensive list.  This trip, it was a "Golden Oldie": bubblegum…

A Financial Advisor Talks About Social Security: Will It Be There For You?

With all the new innovations in medical technology, retirees are now enjoying 20, 30 or even more years in retirement.  That's good news on the face of it, but with that fact comes the stark reality that a great many people haven't saved enough to live that long and run the very real risk of running out of money before they die.  I hope it doesn't come to anyone's surprise that Social Security was…

A Financial Advisor and her "Little Sis"

I am so blessed, so giving back to my community is very important to me.  My passion is children--especially at-risk children.  I've been mentoring at-risk children in the Quad-Cities for the past 15 years through Big Brothers/Big Sisters.  For the last two years, my "Little" has been Myiah, a beautiful, curious, joyful little girl who is now 8 years old.  Myiah has 10 siblings and her mom is expecting…

"A Different Kind of Financial Advisor"

Huiskamp Collins Investments, LLC is a different kind of investment firm because I’m a different kind of financial advisor.  I’m passionate about investing; it’s what I do for fun!  After a full day of work, I jump on my treadmill to watch my cooking shows and then enjoy dinner with my husband.  Afterwards, I don’t watch TV.  Instead, I read the Wall Street Journal cover-to-cover and then read financial…

Solutions for Balance and Certainty