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Establish Trusts to Create Peace of Mind

July 2019  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD

I recently had an older client with a significant net worth who spent most of his life in good health, but experienced a severe mental decline in his final years. Unfortunately, he never set up a trust to protect his assets, so it became challenging to look out for his best interests using only a…

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Introducing Michael R. McLeod, CFP®

We are excited to announce Michael R. McLeod has joined the team as the company’s new Senior Wealth Advisor and Director of Financial Planning. In his new position, McLeod is responsible for expanding the firm’s financial planning services and fostering life-long, wealth management client relationships with coastal Georgia and South Carolina’s high net-worth individuals and…

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July is National Retirement Planning Month

Julia joined WTOC Mid-Morning LIVE to give sound advice and tips on saving for retirement. Watch the interview here!

Cyber Security — Thoughts in Hindsight

June 2019  By: BRENDAN FLAHERTY

Imagine your entire world being turned upside down. You thought it wouldn’t happen to you. But now your accounts have been hacked and you are exposed. For many, cyber security is an afterthought until it happens personally. Yet taking simple steps can greatly improve your chances of avoiding data exposure. Below are 10 habits that…

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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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Employee Spotlight: Carey Schwartzburt

Family Focus & Individual Achievement Almost eleven years ago, one year after completing her BFA in Graphic Design at SCAD and working in Atlanta, a young Carey Black longed for an opportunity to return to her beloved Savannah. Lucky for her, The Fiduciary Group understood the fundamental need for any company to manage a consistent…

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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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Focus on Process — Not Always the Outcome

May 2019  By: ALEX MORRIS, CFA, MBA

It’s tempting to make investment decisions based on previous performance. When the stock market is continually moving higher, as it had for most of the past decade, investors sometimes overlook the importance of process. But, as we all know, the stock market can be fickle. For that reason, whether the market is rising or falling,…

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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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Bull Market Turns 10 — What the Past 10 Years Taught Us, We Already Knew

April 2019  By: SCOTT McGHIE, CFA, CPA

The stock market bottomed in March 2009 after a prolonged and deep decline from its October 2007 highs. The financial crisis wounds were deep. The global banking system was nearly torn to shreds, forcing unprecedented monetary and regulatory actions. Debt markets were frozen. A new administration had entered the White House. Stock market investors were…

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