When I meet with a new client for the first time, I feel it is important to spend the time to get to know them. From a financial perspective of course, but even more importantly, from a life perspective. I need to understand what makes them tick, what excites them about their life and their future. What is REALLY IMPORTANT to them!
When I played competitive sports in my younger days, I would work out and train for that sport to become better. Why, because I wanted to be a better player so I could help the team and make an impact. To a large extent, I even wanted to be the star and be noticed as a standout. But I knew one thing for sure; I didn't want to sit on the sidelines and watch the game.
Or, what do you want your story to be? Deep down we all want our lives to matter, and we want our story to be one of significance. What will your obituary say about you and the life you lived? Having seen several clients and friends pass away in the past few years, I have seen more obituaries than I care to.
World travel, both for business and pleasure, is on the rise again and with it the risk exposures for travelers. Liabilities and risks that most people typically cover with a typical homeowner’s policy or travel benefits from their credit card companies are multiplied when traveling the globe. Even medical coverage, suddenly becomes more complicated and traditional insurance solutions fall well short of providing the needed protection if they provide any at all.
The term beneficiary crops up every now and again. Usually you’ll see it on an insurance form or hear about it in relation to a will, but despite the nonchalance we toss the term around with, beneficiaries are incredibly important. Let’s break down the details on how and why beneficiaries matter.
March 10, 2017
The annual meeting is rescheduled to sometime later this quarter and the family reunion is sometime next summer, but like certain holidays and your birthday you know you can always count on a few specific dates. It’s reassuring. One such day is Tax Day, AKA April 15. Yet, unlike a birthday this looming deadline tends to sneak up on you in the least enjoyable way.
For Maximum Retirement Income You Need Tax Diversification
One of the most important tenets of investing for retirement is to diversify broadly for the best possible long-term returns in your portfolio. However, for the best possible outcome in generating maximum retirement income, special attention needs to be given to achieving optimal tax diversification.
After the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, we dig up our hopes and dreams and make some resolutions. Getting back in the gym, losing weight, and eating clean, are usually at the top of the list, but what about your finances? The health of your accounts, spending habits, and investments are just as important to evaluate.
The stockings have been hung, candles lit, lights strung, and carols sung when the financial stress begins to peek behind the corners of brown paper packages tied up with string. Everything’s shiny and cozy but you can’t extinguish that tiny feeling that you went way over budget this holiday. You’re not alone; holidays are a particularly financially stressful time for many.