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Avoid Common Planning Mistakes with Executive Compensation

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Whether you work for a budding start-up or a well-established Fortune 500 company, it’s imperative to have a firm understanding of the components of your executive compensation plan—along with the inherent risks and rewards. Creating and maintaining a thoughtful strategy to integrate your executive benefits into your overall financial plan can help you maximize your wealth and achieve your goals in a tax-efficient manner. Still, even the most accomplished and organized executives can fall into some very common traps when incorporating complex aspects of their compensation into an overall plan. Here, we outline common mistakes we see and key considerations…
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How to Plan for Long-Term Care Costs

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Many of us think it won’t happen to us, but the statistics say otherwise. 52% of Americans turning 65 will need some type of long-term care services during their lifetimes. The costs quickly climb financially, as do the physical and emotional stresses. The questions that often follow are: how to pay for it all, and what, if anything, can be done to prepare ahead of time. The answers are not easy, but remember, failure to plan is a plan itself. Who pays for long-term care costs? The first answer that comes to mind for many is Medicare or associated Medicap…
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Defining your Objectives for Long-Term Care

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Americans are living longer and healthier lives than at any other time in history. Average life expectancy in the US is 78.7 years and continues to rise. For those without chronic illness, it is realistic to plan to live well into the 90’s. Longer lifespans come with a higher likelihood that aging adults will eventually need some sort of help with the daily functions of living. In fact, 7 out of 10 will need help in some form – either from a family member or a paid caregiver – and 9 out of 10 who receive that care will not fully recover their…
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Tax Season: It’s Getting to Be That Time of the Year!

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A Recap of Impending Tax Law Changes I know, it’s not April 15th yet, and I’m not necessarily in any hurry to get there.  But with some substantial changes to the tax law made effective in 2018, I figured it’s not too early to remind everyone what is in store for them from an individual tax perspective heading into filing season 2019: Forms 1040A and 1040EZ have been eliminated, so everyone will be using the standard Form 1040. The Form 1040 has been redesigned and is supplemented by new Schedules 1 through 6: Schedule 1 reports various types of income,…
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The Continuing Impact of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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A recap of tax law changes with updates for 2019 taxes On December 22, 2017, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” was passed into law, signifying the most sweeping change to the U.S. tax code in decades. Months of analysis and discussion followed, and frankly, are still occurring today. Because of the many changes taxpayers needed to consider, it doesn’t need to be tax season to remind everyone what is in store for future tax filing years: Forms 1040A and 1040EZ were eliminated, so everyone must the standard Form 1040. The Form 1040 was redesigned and is supplemented by new…
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Holiday Reading List 2018: Check Out our Team’s Picks

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We have many avid readers on our team, and try to share their favorites with an updated reading list from time to time. Even though the holidays are a busy time for most, for those with a little extra time before the New Year, we’re listing some staff favorites, both in the finance world and beyond. You can follow the links in each title to see more information on the book at Amazon.com. Enjoy! "Crazy Good Advice: 10 Lessons Learned from 150 Leading Social Entrepreneurs" by Tony Loyd Tony Loyd, host of the radio show “Social Entrepreneur”, interviewed 150 social…
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Understanding Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs)

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Don’t make the loss of a tax deduction your reason for not giving Charitable giving stems from an intrinsic desire to express support for causes that are dear to one’s heart. The U.S. government recognizes the social benefit of charitable giving, as such, the tax code provides a tax deduction that ultimately reduces the givers’ taxable income. While most people don’t give solely to obtain a tax deduction, they may be inclined to give more because of the added incentive the tax deduction provides. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 nearly doubled the standard deduction. The increased standard…
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5 Myths about Financial Planning

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Managing finances can be daunting with all the intricacies and uncertainties involved. Even if you feel like you’re successfully tackling some aspects of your finances—such as paying down debt or saving for retirement—you might still feel like you’re not doing enough. Questions may continue to loom in your mind. “Am I saving enough for retirement?” “Are there tax benefits I’m missing out on?” “Should I try to pay down my mortgage more quickly?” The answers to these challenging questions and others depend upon your unique financial situation and goals. And for many, a financial advisor can help answer these and…
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FPA’s 2018 National Conference: My Takeaways

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During the first week of October, three of my colleagues and I visited the windy city to attend the annual Financial Planning Association (FPA) conference. Besides learning that Chicago’s nickname refers not only to the city’s weather but also its boastful citizens and politicians, we gained meaningful insight into the world of financial planning by attending lectures from industry experts, networking with peers and exchanging ideas, and visiting various exhibits. It’s difficult to summarize everything I learned in three jam-packed days, so my goal here is to share a few takeaways that might be useful to clients and colleagues. An…
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The Lesser-Known Benefits of Margin Borrowing

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It is often surprising to find so few investors and financial professionals that are aware of the possibilities and advantages of borrowing on margin (a practice I will refer to here as “margin”). Some consider margin taboo, or do not have a clear understanding of benefits, risks, drawbacks or mechanics. This will discuss the basics of the margin process for those looking for new ideas to manage cash flow. What is margin and what are the benefits? Margin is the act of borrowing cash from a financial custodian by using current portfolio assets as collateral. The major benefits, if used…
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