What you do makes the difference One of the topics that comes up when we take on new clients is how they fared during prior market declines. The basic characteristics of their experiences are consistent, with differing degrees of fearfulness, anxiety, confusion, or other unpleasantness expressed. Each one of us was affected by COVID-19 in…

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2020 normal

Why 2020 was remarkable, yet normal  2020 was a year we will long remember for its remarkable events. We were affected by a global pandemic, a hard shut down of the economy, civil unrest, and one of the more emotionally charged elections in memory. From our investment management perspective, however, 2020 did not present anything…

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tax planning for Joe Biden

Tax planning for a Joe Biden presidency After every presidential election, attention turns to changes the new president wants to make to the tax code and how that may affect financial markets, as well as our clients’ specific financial situations and tax planning. With the results of the Senate still to be determined, uncertainty reigns.…

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Can Social Security be fixed? Despite the fears stoked during an election year, Social Security is not going away. However, there is a need to shore up the system’s finances because according to the latest report from the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees, the trust fund that supports retirement benefits is expected to…

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Tax-Smart Charitable Giving Our clients are generous, and their charitable giving reflects their generosity. We love the opportunity to help clients reach their philanthropic goals while using tax-smart charitable giving strategies whenever possible. 2020 has presented hardships for many people and non-profits are stepping up to help. However, many charities are struggling because of fewer…

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predicting the health of the economy

Does predicting the health of the economy improve investment results? The health of the economy is important for many reasons. When the economy is strong, more people are employed, and more businesses turn a profit. And if you own stocks, you own a piece of those businesses. Thus, it makes perfect sense that economic issues…

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