Retirement in Sight May, 2021

Retirement in Sight May, 2021

Pandemic Economy or Not, Some are Aspiring to Retire Early A new study from Hearts and Wallets, a research firm founded in 2010 to study American retirement saving and investing trends, hints that the dream of retiring in late middle age is alive and well, although perhaps in need of a reality check. The survey  … Read more

Key Ways to Maximize Social Security Benefits

Key Ways to Maximize Social Security Benefits

  Social Security planning is a critical step in the financial planning process. While it provides a steady stream of income for most retirees, it can be a taxable benefit for many others, including disabled workers and their families and, in some cases, a surviving spouse and children. Social Security is the only retirement income  … Read more

Monthly Economic Update May, 2021

Monthly Economic Update May, 2021

U.S. Markets A succession of robust economic reports and a healthy start to the corporate earnings season helped spark an April rally on Wall Street. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 2.71 percent while the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Index picked up 5.24 percent. The Nasdaq Composite led, climbing 5.40 percent.1 Signs of Recovery  … Read more

Retirement in Sight April, 2021

Retirement in Sight April, 2021

Need Cash? Avoid Tapping Your Retirement Account Imagine if your 35-year-old self magically appeared in front of you one day and asked for a percentage of your retirement savings or a bit of your retirement income. While this would never happen, something financially analogous happens in the lives of too many people. They withdraw assets  … Read more

Monthly Economic Update April, 2021

Monthly Economic Update April, 2021

U.S. Markets Improved economic conditions and broadened vaccine programs ignited a broad stock market rally, though rising treasury yields dragged on technology and high-growth stocks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average led, picking up 6.62%. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose 4.24% while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite added 0.41%.1. Bonds Take Center Stage The month  … Read more

How Generational and Societal Change is Influencing Companies and The Markets

How Generational and Societal Change is Influencing Companies and The Markets

ESG: what does that acronym stand for? Those three letters stand for “Environmental, Social, and Governance” and signify an investment that has particular merit to investors of all ages. A recent Morgan Stanley Bank survey found that almost 90% of millennials would prefer to have investments that suit their values. With young adults, ESG investing  … Read more

Financial Planning Tips for Small Businesses

Financial Planning Tips for Small Businesses

  Owning and operating a small business, as you know, has many moving facets. From start-ups, small businesses to businesses that have been operating for years, creating a realistic financial strategy is essential for long-term growth and success. Approximately one-fourth of small businesses start with no finances, calling for a systematic financial management approach that  … Read more

Do our biases affect our financial choices?

Do our biases affect our financial choices?

Do our biases affect our financial choices? Even the most seasoned investors are prone to their influence. Investors are routinely warned about allowing their emotions to influence their decisions. However, they are less routinely cautioned about their preconceptions and biases that may color their financial choices. In a batt le between the facts & biases,  … Read more

Benefits of Having a Financial Advisor (Personal and Business)

Benefits of Having a Financial Advisor (Personal and Business)

  How would you evaluate your overall level of financial wellness? Do you have a process in place that allows you to track and manage your finances successfully on both a personal and business level? Studies show that one-third of Americans have zero dollars in retirement savings at the moment1, meaning one-third of Americans are  … Read more

6 Key Metrics to Help You Plan Your Exit

6 Key Metrics to Help You Plan Your Exit

There is an old saying that “you cannot manage what you cannot measure.” Therefore, most businesses run on metrics. As business owners, we want to know how much, how soon, how efficient, how productive, how intelligent, and how to measure all of the aspects of our businesses. This newsletter is focused on some exit metrics  … Read more