CIBC Private Wealth Blog
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...
Cybersecurity: Staying Safe in a Digital Age
Mark Frazier, CFA
December 02, 2015
Noted cybersecurity expert David Papp visited our Austin office on November 17 for a dynamic discussion about ways to stay safe while still leveraging the Internet’s vast array of tools and resources. Prior to David’s presentation, Atlantic Trust Chief Investment Officer David Donabedian shared his insights into the current status of global financial markets and how uncertainty can...
Recap: Atlantic Trust's G2G Impact After Hours Event in Atlanta
Duncan Edwards, CFP®
December 01, 2015
Atlanta hosted the latest edition of Atlantic Trust’s G2G (Generation to Generation) Impact After Hours event on Tuesday, November. 17. The event was a collaboration between Atlantic Trust and Nexus Global Youth Summit, a global organization whose mission is to “catalyze new leadership and accelerate global solutions” by uniting young investors, social entrepreneurs and philanthropists...
The Year Ends... And a New Year Begins
November 25, 2015
The end of the year is always a special time for reflection over the 12 months that have passed. It’s also a time of renewal—of looking forward—to what is to come. This is certainly the case from a financial perspective: There is work to be done; but also, there are opportunities to be seized and lessons to be learned. And, as the days get shorter and the holidays...
Defining and Understanding Investment Risk
Kyle Marotta, CFP®
November 24, 2015
Every investment carries some degree of risk, including the potential loss of principal, and there is no guarantee that any single investment strategy will be successful. That’s why it makes sense to understand the different kinds of risk, as well as how much risk you are comfortable taking, and to learn ways to manage it. Generally, when financial advisors or the media...
12 Fraud Awareness Tips to Protect Yourself Online
November 19, 2015
With the holiday season approaching, this year is set to break records for the number of purchases made online. In addition to all of the gifts to be bought, parties to be booked and special little “I deserve it” purchases, there may be a few surprises lurking in dark corners. Sadly, when it comes to dark corners of the Internet, they aren’t all dark and they aren’t all in corners. Information...
Gather Near for Women's CIRCLE and Family Traditions That Flourish
November 13, 2015
Atlanta felt the warmth of the holiday spirit earlier this week as our professionals hosted the latest Women’s CIRCLE event at the Jonathan Adler Showroom. Taking note of the rapidly approaching holiday season, our gathering—held on November 9—was designed to give attendees new ideas and inspiration for creating meaningful family traditions and experiences. The luncheon...
Year-End Tax Planning Checklist: What You Should Know
Ryan Christine Coulson
November 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 approaching, our Wealth Strategies Group has provided the following checklist that may serve as a starting point for your year-end tax planning: ...
The Strengths and Tradeoffs of Savings Accounts
John Switchenko, CTFA
November 10, 2015
According to a study published earlier this year by eBay Deals, roughly 85% of millennials are putting at least some of their income into savings accounts. Although the study reported that millennials are saving more than their parents and grandparents, savings only addresses one portion of an individual’s bigger wealth picture. Still, it’s important to understand the...
Serving Up Entrepreneurial Empowerment in Boston
November 06, 2015
On Tuesday, October 27, Atlantic Trust hosted a Women’s CIRCLE luncheon centered on entrepreneurship at TAJ Boston, overlooking the Boston Public Garden. The luncheon featured guest speakers Joanne Chang, owner of renowned Boston bakery Flour, and Erika Ebbel Angle, CEO and co-founder of biotechnology startup Ixcela. True to the event’s theme, “The Spirit of...