Author: Rick Brooks

Rick Brooks, CFA®, CFP® is a partner of Blankinship & Foster LLC and is the firm’s Chief Investment Officer. He is a lead advisor, counseling clients on all aspects of personal financial management. Rick serves on several boards. He is the Chairman of the Board of Girl Scouts San Diego, and also chairs the San Diego Foundation’s Professional Advisor Council. Rick and his family live in Mission Hills. Rick enjoys spending time with his family, theater, cooking, skiing, gaming and reading.

Scams of all sorts targeting senior citizens are on the rise, in large part because they tend to be more trusting and, more importantly, less aware of risks online. Recently, there has been an increase in “pop-up” scams. In theseREAD MORE

These days, automobiles are more than rolling hunks of steel- many contain networked computers that are connected to the internet. Connected cars, as they are known, are able to share data with devices both inside and outside the car. OnREAD MORE

As if there wasn’t enough to worry about online, another scam has become increasingly common and a growing concern for financial institutions. SEO scams hijack your search results and take you to websites that look like familiar (especially financial institutions)READ MORE

As an investment, residential real estate offers some great benefits: income, tax breaks, long term appreciation, and a hedge against inflation. However, it’s not for everyone, and there are some major downsides to be aware of. Here we’ll discuss theREAD MORE

The Homeowners insurance situation in California has not been good. Following a surge in wildfires (over 1.5 million acres have burned in the past five years, according to CalFire) property insurers have faced mounting losses. Many either stopped renewing policiesREAD MORE