10 Life Events That Should Trigger an Update to Your Estate Plan

12/19/16 Many people draft an estate plan when they start a family, then do little to make updates to it as other key life events happen. This is a major mistake that can put your hard-earned money built over a lifetime in the wrong hands or tied up...

The Shift from Active to Passive Management May Not Be as Radical as It Seems

11/22/16 Since the release of the Department of Labor’s new fiduciary rule and following many reports about the failure of most active fund managers in outperforming their benchmarks, there has been a lot of talk lately about a massive shift from...

Taking Losses in Your Portfolio for Tax Benefit Purposes

11/10/16 Let’s face it, none of us ever go into an investment thinking it will not work out, but this does occur and can end up resulting in a loss.  In these cases, we can use these losses to our advantage for tax planning purposes. Tax-loss...

An Analysis of Presidential Elections and the Stock Market

11/01/16 Next week, Americans will head to the polls to elect the next president of the United States. While the outcome is unknown, one thing is for certain: There will be a steady stream of opinions from pundits and prognosticators about how the...

Why Wells Fargo’s Misconduct Should Make You Think Twice About Sinking Investments in Your Company’s Stock

10/20/16 Many people think it makes sense to invest in shares of the company that they work for. Intuitively, it makes sense, since as a full time employee, you have a better grasp on the growth of the company and will be updated daily on its growth...

Structured CDs: The Latest Wall Street Scam to Take Your Money

10/14/16 Most people, especially retirees who are accustomed to banking for many years, are well aware of what a certificate of deposit, or CD, is and how it works. While they don’t typically yield high returns, these investment vehicles are some of...

Ways to Recover a Lost 401(k)

9/27/16 Most of us check our bank accounts regularly, are diligent in the daily management of our checking accounts to make sure that no money is missing and that we can pay our bills each month. It would be unusual for someone to forget that they...

Can the Outcome of the Presidential Race Impact Your Investments?

9/15/16 This year’s presidential race will surely be one for the record books. Already, the media coverage, the drama and the voter turnout during the primaries are all breaking records. One connection that investors are trying to make is how this...

The Result of the Brexit Vote Has Made Diversification More Important Than Ever

8/30/16 Experts all over the world predicted that the remain vote would win the day on June 23, 2016 when Brits all across the UK took to the polls to vote on whether they would remain in the EU or leave it. In fact, the same experts warned the...

The Way High Net Worth Individuals Think About Philanthropy is Changing

8/18/16 Philanthropy has always been a major component of financial planning for many wealthy families. In the past, it was common to set up a trust or a foundation to conduct such philanthropic activities in a tax-exempt manner. These entities,...

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Sailing with the Tides

4/17/18 Embarking on a financial plan is like sailing around the world. The voyage won’t always go to plan, and there’ll be rough seas. But the odds of reaching your destination increase greatly if you are prepared, flexible, patient, and well-...

10 Things To Do Right Now While Markets Are (Not Really) Tanking

  4/02/18 “This is a test; this is only a test. Had this been an actual emergency …” The truth is, the markets are not tanking as we write this piece. In fact, overall market temperatures have been so mild for so long, many newer investors have...

Charitable Giving Under New Tax Laws: Understanding the Donor-Advised Fund (DAF)

2/28/18 No matter how the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) may alter your tax planning, we’d like to believe one thing will remain the same: With or without a tax write-off, many Americans will still want to give generously to the charities of...

5 Hallmarks of Great Financial Advice

2/12/18 You may think the best financial advice is that which makes you the most money. Think again. You may get lucky on bad advice but at some point, the luck will run out, putting your financial future into jeopardy. Separate the good from the...

Protecting Investment Accounts from Cyberattacks

1/19/18 Hackers have dismantled hospitals, held a North Carolina county’s computer system hostage, and stolen the personal information of basically half of all Americans. And that was just in 2017. Who’s to say they won’t go after investment...