CIBC Private Wealth Blog
Your Credit History: Building a Rapport With Lenders
Chris Lombardo, CFA
January 12, 2016
Having a good credit score can go a long way toward helping you achieve your long-term goals. Similar to how your resume and references say a lot about you as a potential employee, your credit score can open—and close—certain doors financially. When you purchase something on credit, you are being trusted to fully make good on the cost of the goods and/or services at...
2016 Economic Outlook: Change is in the Wind
Dave Donabedian, CFA
January 06, 2016
After a challenging 2015, we expect the investment landscape for 2016 will be defined by a new course for monetary policy and political leadership, a new primary catalyst for stocks, and an altered roadmap for credit markets and for energy. In our 2016 outlook, our Asset Allocation Team discusses five key themes that we believe will be critical talking points when considering the...
7 Money Moves That Financially Savvy Couples Make
Mary Beth Storjohann
December 31, 2015
[As the new year approaches, Atlantic Trust is counting down the top blog posts of 2015. The post below was originally published on June 10, 2015.] Did you know that disagreements around finances can raise your risk of divorce? It’s not unsurprising when you think about it — and you may even have personal experience with this fact if you’ve seen...
Make Year-End Tax Planning Part of Your Routine in 2016
Ryan Christine Coulson
December 30, 2015
[As the new year approaches, Atlantic Trust is counting down the top blog posts of 2015. The post below was originally published on Nov. 11, 2015.] Year-end tax planning should be a part of everyone’s annual financial routine, especially in light of the new rules and regulations governing various tax and estate planning strategies. With the new year fast...
Prenuptial Agreements: Preparing for "What If"
December 29, 2015
[As the new year approaches, Atlantic Trust is counting down the top blog posts of 2015. The post below was originally published on May 13, 2015.] For many couples, getting married is an exciting time filled with reflection, anticipation and hope. More than the union itself, marriage is an opportunity for two people to experience all the things that life...
13 Money Tips for Parents-to-Be
Mary Beth Storjohann
December 24, 2015
[As the new year approaches, Atlantic Trust is counting down the top blog posts of 2015. The post below was originally published on May 27, 2015.] If you’re like many of us in our 20s, 30s and 40s, you haven’t taken the decision to start a family lightly. Choosing whether or not you want to have children (and then, you know, actually making it happen) is one of the biggest,...
Lifetime Gift Planning: New Strategies for Changing Needs
December 23, 2015
[As the new year approaches, Atlantic Trust is counting down the top blog posts of 2015. The post below was originally published on Sept. 30, 2015.] Most people recognize that an estate plan is about providing for those they love and doing so in a positive and empowering way. “I want to take care of the generations following me,” for instance, is a common...
10 Millennial Financial Planning Goals for 2016
Mary Beth Storjohann
December 22, 2015
[As the new year approaches, Atlantic Trust is counting down the top blog posts of 2015. The post below was originally published on Oct. 14, 2015.] Being in your 20s and 30s means experiencing many life milestones—and watching your peers go through the same. With all the exciting, new and different things happening to you and your friends, it’s easy...
The Expression of Family Values and Meaning
December 17, 2015
Holiday traditions usually reflect family values systems, including traditions around food, culture and giving. We spend time around the holiday table together, exchange gifts and reminisce about those no longer with us while also reflecting on what really matters in our lives and what family means to us. During this celebratory family time, we have the potential to...
Ringing in the Holidays With Atlantic Trust in Houston
December 16, 2015
The Atlantic Trust Houston office chose the Bayou Bend Collection and Garden in Houston’s historic River Oaks neighborhood as the site for its December 8 holiday party. Housing one of the world’s finest showcases of American furnishings, silver, ceramics and paintings, this Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, location also houses Hogg Mansion, former home of noted Houston civic leader and...
Interpreting Your Credit Report
Chris Lombardo, CFA
December 15, 2015
Credit seems to be one of those things that we cannot avoid. For many millennials, the thought of having a credit card (and the additional debt that having one implies) is unappealing. Yet, having good credit can provide you with financial flexibility and security. For example, few people are able to (or want to) purchase a new home or car with cash alone. Or, if you...
Women's CIRCLE: Reflections on 2015 and the Year Ahead
December 10, 2015
Our Women’s CIRCLE (Centered on Investments, Relationships, Community, Legacy and Enterprise) initiative truly blossomed in 2015. This year, we hosted five events in four U.S. cities, focusing on different investment, legacy planning and financial topics, and also launched a brand new web portal. When we launched this initiative, our goal was to speak directly to our...
Imaginative Eats, Inspired Art at Atlantic Trust's Art Basel Event
Brent Fykes, CFA, CFP®
December 09, 2015
Last week, Miami Beach opened its arms to art lovers from around the world to the 2015 North American Art Basel event. Art Basel, which stages the world's premier modern and contemporary art fairs, drew nearly 70,000 visitors to experience special exhibitions at museums and galleries across the city. The event featured hundreds of paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs,...
Retirement Basics: The 401(k) Plan
John Switchenko, CTFA
December 08, 2015
The 401(k) plan is the most popular employer-sponsored plan in the United States, with nearly 80% of full-time workers having access, according to the American Benefits Council. Despite its widespread popularity, however, many participants are still not sure exactly what a 401(k) account is or how to benefit from one. Originally conceived as a supplement to traditional...
Are Women Saving Enough for Retirement?
December 03, 2015
In our youth, we all shared similar impressions of retirement—trading our 9-to-5 jobs to relax on beautiful, exotic beaches, adding stamps to our passports or perhaps embarking on a quest for the perfect overseas shopping destination. But as we get older, questions begin to emerge about what we really mean when we think about a “comfortable retirement,” and, perhaps...
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