Financial Planning Insights

The Alphabet Soup of Economic Recoveries

There appears to be a bright spot forming in the coronavirus conversation; a light at the end of our lockdown tunnel. These conversations begin with how and when our homes, businesses, and communities can return to normal.

Silver Linings Playbook

The global pandemic has caused massive disruption in the financial, healthcare, and employment markets over the past several months. It seems you can’t go more than a few hours without hearing about all the damage this virus is causing. Here are some of the possible opportunities, or “silver linings,” we see in our little corner of the world.

What Dr. Fauci Can Teach Us About Financial Planning

Dr. Fauci warns us that reopening the economy will require a reliable plan to be successful. Whether we are looking at reopening the world’s largest economy or planning a successful retirement, Dr. Fauci is right- we need a plan.

Grants for First Responders & Volunteer Fire Departments

COVID-19 has put financial stress on individuals, businesses, and most of all, our first responders. During these times of difficulty for our nation and our world, our first responders are stepping up to the front lines–“one for all.” Our government has created several grants to provide financial support to our first responders, specifically our fire departments.

Preparing in the Wake of a Pandemic

Some of you might be feeling anxious and uncertain because of the Coronavirus and its potential impact on the stock market. It is normal to feel this way. Unfortunately, this type of market decline is not unusual. Historically, there is a 10% market decline every 18 months. And nearly half of those declines turn into a 20% loss (about once every 3.5 years, believe it or not). However, there is a bright side.

What Bull Market?

There seem to be countless stories of the stock market's all-time highs and the fantastic returns we have experienced over the past several years.  We thought we’d dig into those claims a bit more and research if that really has been the case.

The Best States For Retirees

While clients think about how much income tax they’ll have to pay in retirement, we have found that the calculation is much deeper. First, as clients retire, their income typically drops substantially and moving to Florida or some other state with a low-income tax rate may not be worth the effort of moving.

The Top Three Things We Have Learned About The New Tax Law

For the last two months, our Private Client Group has been focused on year-end tax planning.  Our team has performed dozens of tax projections and has found several items about the new tax law that don’t seem to be getting much attention.

Due Diligence? Really?

How does an all-expense-pay three-day trip to the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey, CA sound? Vacation conferences can cloud an advisor’s judgment and make her more inclined to recommend a client that may not be in that client’s best interest.