Investments

Oil Prices: Commentary on Key Facts and Their Implications

Paul McPheeters, CFA
February 22, 2016

  Over the last few days, a number of interesting comments have been made by oil ministers of some of the largest oil-producing countries in the world. Unlike comments over the last few months, we view the most recent comments as material events. They support our view that oil prices are unlikely to stay much below $50/bbl for very long.     Below are several key...
Women's CIRCLE

Best Practices to Protect Your Home and Family

Martina Frangis
February 19, 2016

  Risk may come to mind when you think about investments, but not necessarily when you think about your children’s nanny, your neighbors using your boat or connecting with old friends on Facebook. All carry the potential to threaten your financial security, but most risks can be managed and minimized—if you know the “best practices” to follow.     Risk carries with...
Wealth Strategies

The 2016 Social Security Changes You Should Know About

Art Graper, CFP®
February 18, 2016

  It came literally in the dead of night. A 3:00 a.m. vote by the U.S. Senate in early November on the bill to extend the country’s borrowing authority included a significant add-on change to Social Security that caught many by surprise—and is bringing new complexities to the question “When should I start claiming Social Security benefits?”     But first, it’s...
G2G Impact

When is the "Right" Time to Start Planning for Retirement?

Trevor Hancock, CFA
February 17, 2016

  For young professionals in their 20s and 30s, the thought of retirement—a milestone that many do not achieve until their 60s—is a fleeting one. But if you take the mindset that retirement is still too far away to worry about, you may find yourself at a disadvantage in the long-term.     For example, Social Security may be around when you retire, but the benefit...
Firm News

Atlantic Trust Wealth Strategies Group Completes Legacy Training

Paulina Mejia
February 12, 2016

  Last week, members of Atlantic Trust’s Wealth Strategies Group participated in the final day-long session of a four-part educational series about family legacy planning. Each session in this series was facilitated by Matthew Wesley, J.D., M.Div., an internationally recognized advisor to business and legacy families and the founder of The Wesley Group .     The...
Investments

6 Things Novice Investors Need To Know About Stocks

Brant Houston, CFA
February 09, 2016

Much has been said about the financial opportunities afforded by investing in stocks, but according to personal finance website Bankrate.com, only about 26% of adults under age 30 own stock . The same article reported that of those avoiding stocks, 21% said they don’t know how to invest and 9% cited a lack of trust in brokers and advisors.   And yet, although past performance is no...
Firm News

Atlantic Trust 2016 Investment Outlook Webinar

Dave Donabedian, CFA
February 05, 2016

  Atlantic Trust hosted an investment update webinar on January 20, in which the Investment Team and I addressed key issues facing financial markets this year. The presentation focused on five main themes: Federal Reserve policy, corporate credit risk, stock market profits, energy prices and China.     We concluded the call by reviewing key portfolio takeaways and...
Wealth Strategies

How To Navigate The Tough Health Care Decisions

Dianne Savastano
February 03, 2016

Black and white scenarios are simple. They usually involve just one decision and there is some predictability in their outcomes.   Gray areas, on the other hand, involve several, often interconnected, decisions and vary based on the preferences of the people involved as well as their particular circumstances. These scenarios are often unpredictable and can be confusing or...
G2G Impact

What You Need To Know About Opening An IRA

John Switchenko, CTFA
February 02, 2016

  Often considered the most basic form of retirement planning, the individual retirement account, or IRA for short, accounts for 26.5% of all U.S. retirement savings. Unlike the employer-sponsored 401(k), many IRAs are opened and maintained by individuals who may not have access to other retirement plans. In fact, almost anyone with taxable income (and even nonworking spouses) can...
Women's CIRCLE

Smart Money Moves For Your Annual Bonus

Kim Dwyer
January 29, 2016

  The end of the year is often a celebration of family, tradition and the fruits of our labor over the last year. For many, it is also the time for another kind of custom—the annual bonus. A bonus can be a welcome windfall and a well-deserved reward, but also something that can be spent in countless different ways. The possibilities are certainly tempting, but remember that you don’t...
Firm News

Judith Saxe Named to NAEPC Board of Directors

Paulina Mejia
January 28, 2016

  It is my pleasure to announce that Judith Saxe, managing director and senior wealth strategist for our Boston office, has been named to the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils ( NAEPC ) board of directors.     This appointment follows her 10-year tenure as a director of the Boston Estate Planning Council—one of the nation’s largest and most...
G2G Impact

Mortgage Basics: What You Should Know Before You Apply

Sam Adams
January 27, 2016

For many, an important component of living the American dream is owning a home. Home ownership is, of course, also one of the foundations for building wealth, a milestone that is frequently preceded by the process of obtaining a mortgage.
Firm News

Atlantic Trust Shines at 50th Annual Heckerling Institute

Paulina Mejia
January 22, 2016

  Atlantic Trust was well represented at the 50th Annual Heckerling Institute for Estate Planning in sunny Orlando, Florida. This year’s event took place January 11–15 at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center.     Atlantic Trust professionals were once again pleased to welcome intermediary and strategic partners to the conference with a...
G2G Impact

Exploring Family Legacy at Nexus USA 2016

Jason Stoneman, CFA
January 19, 2016

  Atlantic Trust was pleased to sponsor the 2016 Nexus USA Youth Summit last week at the White House, where an impressive group of adults in their 20s and 30s converged to discuss critical political, socioeconomic and human rights issues facing our country today.     The three-day event guided participants through a variety of panel discussions, workshops and...
Wealth Strategies

Dynasty Trusts: Keeping It in the Family

Art Graper, CFP®
January 15, 2016

  Gifting assets outright is often an attractive strategy because of the simplicity, efficiency and relatively low risk involved. However, there may be times when it is more advantageous to make a gift to a younger family member in trust rather than outright. These advantages may include asset protection, tax planning and family control.     Before we get into the...