A Financial Planning Christmas Carol

December 2018  By: JULIA BUTLER, CFP®, JD, MBA, CFEI
A Financial Planning Christmas Carol
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...

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The Countdown to Retirement: 7 Smart Ways to Get Ready

October 2018  By: SCOTT McGHIE, CFA, CPA
The Countdown to Retirement: 7 Smart Ways to Get Ready
Most people become even more focused on planning and saving as they near retirement age. The most common questions we hear people ask is, “Will I have enough money?” followed closely by, “When can I retire?” But what about high earners who know they’ll have enough money for their golden years? Is...

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The 9 Must-Have Tips for Picking a New 401(k) Plan

September 2018  By: JULIA BUTLER, CFP®, JD, MBA, CFEI
The 9 Must-Have Tips for Picking a New 401(k) Plan
  Are you unhappy with your existing 401(k) provider and want a better option for your employees? Perhaps you’re wondering if there are better investment options out there — or if your 401(k) fees are too high. Maybe you’ve even found yourself dealing with the fallout from a poorly administered...

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Planning for the Trip of a Lifetime

September 2018  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD
Planning for the Trip of a Lifetime
  I recently traveled abroad and while I was preparing for the trip, I tried to anticipate the problems that travelers might encounter. Properly preparing for a trip means planning for contingencies and emergencies. We made sure to double and triple check that we had the necessary clothing, our...

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Life Insurance–Too Little or Too Much?

September 2018  By: JULIA BUTLER, CFP®, JD, MBA, CFEI
Life Insurance–Too Little or Too Much?
Life insurance is a risk management tool for both personal and business risks. In the event of the premature death of an income earner or parent, life insurance can provide tax-free cash to cover immediate expenses as well as ongoing financial support for the family.

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Managing Financially After Losing A Spouse

August 2018  By: JOEL GOODMAN, CFA
Managing Financially After Losing A Spouse
Grappling with the loss of a loved one is the most difficult time in one’s life. Often, after years of working with an affluent couple, we find ourselves guiding the surviving spouse through the financial aspects of this major life change. Generally, it’s the husband who passes first, so quite...

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From Our Family to Yours: 4 Ways to Teach Kids About Money

June 2018  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD
From Our Family to Yours: 4 Ways to Teach Kids About Money
Teaching kids about money in the Digital Age isn’t always easy. Between online shopping, direct-deposit paychecks and banking by app, today’s children are growing up in a world where they may rarely experience a cash purchase or even a monetary transaction. To kids, it can look like the next item...

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The Graduates’ Trillion Dollar Problem

July 2017  By: TFGADMIN
The Graduates’ Trillion Dollar Problem
Over the past few decades, student debt has transformed from a tool for accessing higher education to a significant obstacle preventing young people from accumulating wealth and saving towards retirement. According to a February 2017 report published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York,...

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An Asset Manager Embraces Financial Planning

October 2016  By: TFG INVESTMENT TEAM
An Asset Manager Embraces Financial Planning
I have been investing other people’s money for over 36 years. As most of my clients are either saving for retirement or living off of their retirement savings and/or trust accounts, my overriding goal has been to build durable, income-producing portfolios that will enable my clients to live off of...

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Primer on Individual Taxes

October 2016  By: JULIA BUTLER, CFP®, JD, MBA, CFEI
Primer on Individual Taxes
Tax planning to minimize tax liability and maximize after-tax returns starts with an understanding of Form 1040, the tax return filed annually by individual taxpayers. My goal in this article is to give the reader a “primer” on Form 1040 and the key considerations that will impact your tax...

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