Saving for Your Child’s College Education

June 2019  By: SCOTT McGHIE, CFA, CPA

Benjamin Franklin once observed, “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” Indeed, planning for your children to attend college is one of the most important investment decisions you’ll make in life. That plan must be developed, reviewed and adjusted many times through the years, long before your child dons a cap and gown…

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What to Do When a Loved One is Diagnosed with Dementia

May 2019  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD

We have seen an increase in the number of our clients or their parents suffering from dementia.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are just under 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and this figure is expected to grow to nearly 14 million in the next 30 years.  As we continue to live longer, the…

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Sustaining Family Wealth & Unity

May 2019  By: JULIA BUTLER, CFP®, JD, MBA, CFEI, BESS BUTLER

Historically, 70% of inheritors squander their inheritance, and 90% of families fail to maintain their family unity and wealth for more than three generations.  If Financial Planning helps protect and grow your money, and Estate Planning prepares your money for your family,  Heritage Design, the third element of successful multi-generational planning, helps prepare your family for…

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6 Key Considerations Before You Sell Your Business

April 2019  By: JOEL GOODMAN, CFA

Are you thinking about selling your business? Whether you own a new start-up or an established family-owned company, it’s critical to be strategic, thoughtful and intentional because the decisions you make now will affect your ability to protect and grow the proceeds from the sale for years to come. Selling a business isn’t an overnight…

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Taking Financial Wellness from Good to Great!

March 2019  By: JULIA BUTLER, CFP®, JD, MBA, CFEI

I’ve had the pleasure recently of working on financial planning with three young couples, one in their early 30’s, one in their early 40’s, and one in their early 50’s. They are all high-income earners and have managed their finances responsibly. They save regularly to their respective 401(k) plans, live comfortably within their means, are…

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7 Considerations for the Multigenerational Transfer of Wealth

March 2019  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD

Congratulations on becoming a grandparent! By any measure, this is an exciting, rewarding time. This life change also offers the opportunity to revisit your estate plan to determine the best ways to “pay it forward” for your grandchildren. What should you keep in mind when planning to share your wealth with future generations? How can…

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6 Financial Planning Needs of Wealthy Families

March 2019  By: SCOTT McGHIE, CFA, CPA

You have enough money to support an affluent lifestyle — with more than adequate savings to spare. You’re not concerned about your ability to pay for your children’s college or fund your retirement. But significant wealth comes with its own set of challenges and complexities. Here are some of the unique financial planning needs that…

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Coordinating Couples

January 2019  By: JULIA BUTLER, CFP®, JD, MBA, CFEI

If you and your significant other don’t always see eye-to-eye when it comes to finances, you’re not alone. When it comes to spending, investing, and planning, quite often couples are more divided than united. According to a recent study by Sun Trust Bank, 35 percent of married couples reported that money was the primary cause…

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A Rational Approach to Market Volatility

January 2019  By: JOEL GOODMAN, CFA, ALEX MORRIS, CFA, MBA

Through the first nine months of the year, it looked like 2018 would be another pleasant year for investors. The S&P 500 climbed more than 7% in the third quarter, pushing the year to date return for the index above 10%. But those gains – and then some – evaporated in the fourth quarter, with…

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A Financial Planning Christmas Carol

December 2018  By: JULIA BUTLER, CFP®, JD, MBA, CFEI

Maybe it’s the holiday season, but financial planning makes me think of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.  Remember how Ebenezer Scrooge was visited by 3 ghosts—Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future?  It gave him the opportunity to witness, from a reality-ringside seat, a view of where he’d been, where he is presently, and where…

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