If you have a large amount of money sitting in a checking or other low-interest account, you may be surprised to find out just how much more income you could realize by exploring other options.
The volatility we experienced in December challenged investors to understand their personal truth around risk and investment principles. As a wealth manager over multiple market cycles, I have found the following investor traits bring greater clarity to financial and investment decisions.
Last month, we spoke about ‘dusty wills’ when you have to blow off the dust because it’s been so long since you reviewed them. In Part 2, Paul Brown, attorney and president of Chandler & Brown, LTD, continues to share some real-life examples of what can happen if estate planning oversight is neglected.
Do you have a "dusty will"? When it comes to estate planning, this article illustrates what can happen if "life events" such as marriage, divorce, birth of a child or grandchild, move to another state, death of a beneficiary or receipt of an inheritance are overlooked.
Snowbird season has arrived and we’ve listed some important things to consider when planning a prolonged absence in the sun. Start keeping a running list on your phone a month before you leave. That way, when it’s time to pack, you’re already done with the mental preparation and packing will just be collecting what you need.
This article discusses some common mistakes people make when leaving tax deferred retirement assets to their heirs. These costly errors can reduce your client’s legacy and prevent their wishes from being carried out.
According to the Department of Justice, an estimated 17.6 million people, or 7% of all U.S. residents age 16 or older, were victims of one or more incidents of identity theft in 2014 (latest available). What's more, about 7% of identity theft victims experienced out-of-pocket losses of $100 or more. Here are some steps to help you prevent significant loss.
We recently had a discussion with a client about their loved family members, their dogs. They are married with no children and love their pets as much as they would as children. They have also served as foster parents to several dogs over the years. Part of their estate plan was to provide their pets with consistent care and security beyond their lives. Just like a lamp is a piece of personal property, pets are considered personal property under state law. You can’t leave property to property. So how can you ensure that your pet is taken care of if you are disabled or die?
The lessons you learned early form your “Money Imprint”; your hardwired operating system that determines if you stumble or strut in your money life. Ask yourself these questions to understand how your beginnings shape your future.
With retirement comes freedom and flexibility. But many people reaching retirement have a lot of questions and misgivings about the good times ahead. That’s why, while we take a financial assessment for a client’s retirement, I initiate discussion about their life plan moving forward. Here are some emotional challenges people don't always consider.