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Introduction to Impact Investing: History, Strategies, and Trends

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When it comes to modern investing, individuals have a multitude of options to choose from and a myriad of ways to implement their desired investments. As part of those options, the rise of impact investing has created some fundamental changes in how investors view their asset portfolios. Assessments of a corporation’s performance on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria have made it easier than ever for investors to align their personal values with their investment portfolios, and many have chosen to do so. Impact investing started as a means for organizations to avoid those areas that directly conflict with their…
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Trading vs. Investing: What We Can Learn from the GameStop Saga

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I was recently quoted in an article for Long Island Newsday, and mentioned that there are big differences between investing and trading. Both want to profit from appreciation in the stock market, but the time horizons are very different. Investing is long-term – it considers your goals, risk tolerance, liquidity needs, and longevity. You look to diversify your portfolio appropriately for your circumstances and put money across various asset classes. Ideally, you rebalance as markets move and stick to your long-term plan in the face of market volatility. For many investors, trading, on the other hand, can be focused on…
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What Is An OCIO?

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What is an OCIO? An Outsourced Chief Investment Officer (OCIO) acts as a full-service third-party provider to wealth management, investment management, or consulting firms and takes on the investment related responsibilities of those organizations. That typically includes setting the strategic asset allocation, selecting managers to oversee day-to-day portfolio management, and providing guidance on the overall direction of clients’ investment portfolios. Beyond the obvious investment management function, an OCIO can provide huge benefits to an RIA seeking additional expertise and leverage by providing key deliverables that will free up time for advisors to spend with clients. Not only does an OCIO…
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Financial Awareness and Divorce

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I have been approached by many matrimonial attorneys, therapists, and divorce coaches who ask me to help their clients with their finances before, during, and after their divorces. Many people getting divorced, both men and women, may be smart, accomplished, or at their top of their professions, yet were not the ones handling the finances in their marriage. Many of these clients don’t know what they spend, how much their mortgage is, what assets they have, how much debt they have, what is in their investment accounts, or what is in their pension and retirement accounts. They weren’t the ones…
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tax savings qsbs

The Powerful Tax Savings of “Qualified Small Business Stock”

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IRC Section 1202 provides one of the most powerful tax benefits in the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (IRC) to entrepreneurs and investors. However, it is also one of the least recognized IRC Sections, even amongst those who stand to most benefit from its use. Section 1202 provides an exclusion from taxation to a qualified investor of up to $10 million of capital gain or 10 times the stockholder’s adjusted cost basis, whichever is greater, upon the sale of Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS). Why has such a generous provision in the tax code gone comparatively unnoticed? A look back at…
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Mitigate New York’s Estate Tax Cliff with Smart Estate Planning and Gifting Strategies – 2021 Update

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While the large increase in the federal estate tax exemption has provided many with federal estate tax relief, New Yorkers must continue to plan for New York estate tax. For a quick review of the New York Estate Tax “Cliff” basics, see the “Understanding New York’s Estate Tax “Cliff” blog post. What is the current exemption from New York estate tax again? The current New York estate tax exemption amount is $5,930,000 for 2021. Under current law, this number will remain until January 1, 2022, at which point it will rise again with inflation. Who does the Cliff affect? Everyone…
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Estate Planning in Light of Tax Reform: Your Questions and Our Answers – 2021 Update

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This post will help you unpack some of the estate and gift tax provisions of the 2017 Tax Reform Act, as well as answer some of the most pressing questions raised by the changes. In a nutshell, what stayed the same and what changed? One major item that stayed the same is the simple existence of an estate tax. The initial tax reform bill from the House called for a complete elimination of the estate tax, which didn’t make its way into the final law.  Trump had also talked about altering the current date-of-death basis step-up for gains above a…
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Basics of Federal Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer (“GST”) Tax – 2021 Update

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The bad news is that there is a Federal tax on assets that you give away during life, at death, and to individuals two or more generations below you. The good news is that this tax will only apply to the wealthiest Americans and, even so, there are strategies you can use to minimize or avoid its application. The Federal estate, gift and GST tax only kicks in above a certain dollar threshold. Furthermore, there are additional wealth transfer strategies that do not trigger any tax at all if structured properly. Taxable Gifts There is a Federal estate and gift…
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SLATs

Spousal Lifetime Access Trusts (SLATs): FAQs – 2021 Update

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What is a Spousal Lifetime Access Trust (SLAT)? It is a trust that you (the grantor) set up for the benefit of your spouse and your descendants. You would make a gift to the SLAT, using some of your federal lifetime gift exemption (currently $11.7M in 2021) to shield that gift from gift tax. While you give up all your rights and control over the gifted assets, your spouse will have access to the gifted assets as beneficiary of the SLAT. When does it make sense to have a SLAT? You should consider creating a SLAT if you have a…
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new york estate tax cliff

Understanding New York’s Estate Tax “Cliff” – 2021 Update

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It has been over six years since some dramatic changes were made to New York’s gift and estate tax law. For many clients, the subject of the New York estate tax “cliff” continues to remain a source of confusion. This is for good reason. The New York cliff is not easy to understand, nor is it easy to know how it may impact your particular situation. The answers below are intended to guide those who remain baffled by the New York estate tax cliff. Does New York have an estate tax? Yes. New York, like several other states, has a…
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