Retirement

August 13, 2020

Making Fantastic Lemonade from Covid’s Lemons

You are living through, and surviving, one of the most tumultuous times in World History. Your schedule has been upended. The amount of change you are experiencing in your life is most likely at it’s peak. Many of you, or someone you know, has likely experienced a huge career impact. Vacations have been uprooted and re-booked some time in the future. The way kids experience school is completely changing. We have no sports. You get the gist. It’s easy to focus on the negative. Let’s spin this puppy around and find the upside. The amount of increased family time has been incredible for many […]
July 30, 2020

When the S&P 500 is Really the S&P 5

One of the most perplexing aspects of our investment world is how market summaries you generally see on television and websites can mislead us about the health of the stock market. Today is an extreme case in point. Chances are, you have seen headlines telling us that the Nasdaq Composite index is up about 17% for the year, testing new highs every other day or so. The S&P 500 index is almost flat so far this year, but is not far from its late February high. The markets are moving ahead smoothly, or even robustly, right? As it turns out, most of the gains […]
January 9, 2020

What do I need to know about the SECURE Act?

Before we dive in, understand that the SECURE Act is over 20,000 words long.  (And in fact, the Senate had to tuck it away in a much, much larger appropriations bill to pass it.)  That means there isn’t room to cover every provision of the new law, and many won’t apply to you anyway.  So, what follows is a brief overview of the major changes that could affect your finances. Are you ready?  Then take a deep breath as we review…   Changes to the IRA “stretch” provisions1 For years, one of the most popular estate planning strategies was the […]
September 26, 2019

What Is Wealth Management?

Naturally, we created a mathematical formula to define wealth management. Here’s the formula: WM = IC + AP + RM Wealth Management means different things to different people. But to us, wealth management, the way we think of it starts with Investment Consulting (IC). And really, Investment Consulting deals with the number one concern that our successful clients have who want to make smart decisions about their money. Now the challenge for everyone is that 100% of financial advisors say they do this and obviously some do it better than others. In addition, we think there’s another key element called […]
August 12, 2019

What to do in retirement and why it matters

It’s finally time to retire. Now what? Do you spend time on the golf course? Are you looking forward to spending your days with your grandchildren? Do you already have a month-long vacation booked to Europe? Retirement looks different for everyone, depending on age, lifestyle preferences, and personality. Retirement is about freedom and carefree days, right? So why does it matter what you do during retirement?    The truth is that the days during your retirement matter just as much as the days preceding it, especially when it comes to your finances. Here are some tips on what you could […]
July 1, 2019

Providing for your pet: An estate plan for Fido

When you are sitting around your dinner table, having tough conversations about your legacy, your children’s future, and how to plan for what’s ahead, don’t forget about the ball of fur at your feet, waiting for the next crumb to drop! 68% of U.S. households have a pet, and as pet owners ourselves, we understand that a dog, bird, or even a herd of cats, are considered part of the family! No matter how many things Fido chews up, you love him all the same. So what does Fido’s future look like when you’re gone? Include your pet in your […]