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How to Keep Heirs From Being Spendthrifts

August 2020  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD

This article was originally published to subscribers of The Wall Street Journal, found HERE. Over the course of my career, I’ve seen spendthrift beneficiaries attempt to burn through trusts—seeking money to fund credit-card debt, half-baked business ideas, designer shopping sprees and even plastic surgery. Spendthrift beneficiaries can be manipulative, self-centered and narcissistic in dealing with…

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Asset Allocation: The Importance of Maintaining a “Balanced” Approach in Today’s Market Environment

August 2020  By: JARED HAMMERS, CFA

As with most things in life, it’s uncommon to find a free lunch in investing. Generally speaking, investment returns tend to be commensurate with the level of risk incurred. However, it seems some investors are questioning that rule and reacting to the current low interest rate environment by reducing their allocation to high-quality fixed income…

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9 Tips to Build and Manage Your 401(k) Account

July 2020  By: JULIA BUTLER, CFP®, JD, MBA, CFEI

You’ve signed up for your company’s 401(k) plan, but that’s only the first step in saving for retirement. Keep in mind that the primary factors which determine your success in adequately funding your retirement are how much money you save, how long you save, and the rate of return on your savings. Social Security income…

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What Should You Do with Those Old Retirement Accounts?

July 2020  By: KYLE POWERS, CFP®, MBA, AIF

You’ve worked hard over the years and diligently contributed to your workplace retirement account. You focused on the right things, like proper asset allocation, receiving the full employer match and deferring enough from each paycheck to reach your retirement goals.  After all, you’re not planning to work forever. What will you do with your 401(k),…

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The Fiduciary Group named in Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisers

We are delighted to announce that The Fiduciary Group has been included in the Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisers list for the second consecutive year. This prestigious list recognizes top independent Registered Investment Adviser (RIA) firms across the United States. “We are particularly honored to be included on the Financial Times 300 Top…

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Stock Market vs. Economy

June 2020  By: JOEL GOODMAN, CFA

Between a double-digit unemployment rate, sputtering economic activity, and a pandemic that has now taken the lives of more than 120,000 people in the United States, there was plenty to be worried about as equity markets plummeted in the month of March. And after the S&P 500 declined by more than 30% from its February…

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Managing Generational Wealth Through Dynasty Trusts

June 2020  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD

If you have significant wealth you’d like to preserve, protect and share with future generations, a dynasty trust might be a strategic estate planning option to consider.  The dynasty trust is a type of irrevocable trust that’s designed with the long-term, multi-generational transfer of wealth in mind. One feature that makes a dynasty trust unique…

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Continuing Professional Development: Our Director of Operations Earns his MBA

We are happy to announce that Brendan Flaherty, Director of Operations at The Fiduciary Group, recently graduated with his MBA from the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida. Enrolling in the professional MBA program meant driving south on a monthly basis and juggling duties at The Fiduciary Group with classwork obligations on…

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Speculating During the Pandemic

May 2020  By: JARED HAMMERS, CFA

At a time when casinos around the country are temporarily closed due to COVID-19, Americans have found a new avenue for wagering: short-term trading in the stock market. In addition to stay at home orders, there have also been technological improvements that enable anytime access to trading platforms, as well as a meaningful reduction in…

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Survivorship Planning Checklist

May 2020  By: MICHAEL McLEOD, CFP®

In many families, one partner takes a more active role in handling the finances than the other. Often, this division of labor stems from fear, time pressure or lack of interest. Regardless of the root cause, having one spouse exclusively handling family finances can put the other partner in a difficult position in a time…

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