Wealth Strategies

The Advantages of Donor Advised Funds as a Charitable Giving Strategy

Cathy Schnaubelt
2018-10-30 14:37:00.0

As a donor you have many options, but one giving strategy—donor-advised funds—has exploded in popularity over the last few years.
Wealth Strategies

Investing with a Purpose

Cathy Schnaubelt
2018-10-25 13:00:00.0

A multitude of new investment opportunities have emerged that allow investors to “do well by doing good.” In other words, investors no longer need to separate investing with a purpose from financial gains—these two goals can be achieved simultaneously.
Wealth Strategies

Uncovering the Facts About Estate Planning Documents

Halsey Schreier
2018-10-23 13:00:00.0

Myths aren’t just the stuff of legends. They’re everywhere—even in the financial world. Myths can be damaging, but also instructive, especially when we examine the counter-story. Each quarter in The Advisor, we will address some of the common myths that surround a particular wealth management or investment topic. This quarter, our focus is on estate planning, health care proxies and...
Wealth Strategies

6 Reasons Why You Need an Estate Plan

Cathy Schnaubelt
2018-10-18 13:00:00.0

Although we typically associate the term “estate” with the ultra-wealthy, estate planning is not just for the rich. Everyone, regardless of family dynamics or financial status, can benefit from having an estate plan—a collection of documents that specify how you want your assets distributed. Nevertheless, most people have neglected to put such plans in place. According to a recent survey...
Wealth Strategies

Alternative Assets: Not Your Grandfather’s Investment Portfolio

Ryan Christine Coulson
2018-10-16 13:00:00.0

After building a portfolio of traditional stock and bond investments, some investors become curious about including alternative assets in their portfolios for additional diversification benefits. While hedge funds, private equity, and venture capital are investment opportunities often associated with the financial elite, not all alternative assets are reserved for the ultra-wealthy. However,...
Investments

Volatility Returns

Dave Donabedian, CFA
2018-10-12 15:24:00.0

While a spike in volatility can be unnerving, it is a normal part of the market cycle. There are myriad theories on why the strong upswing in the third quarter has abruptly reversed course in October. We would cite two as the most dominant.
Wealth Strategies

Effective Philanthropy: How to be More Strategic about Giving

Cathy Schnaubelt
2018-10-11 13:00:00.0

Americans tend to be very charitable. Historically, charitable giving as a percentage of GDP has consistently hovered around 2%. In 2017, this amounted to more than $400 billion, according to Giving USA. Yet, most of us don’t really understand the impact that our donations have on the causes we choose to support. After the check is written, where does the money go? Strategic philanthropy is...
Wealth Strategies

Why Women Need to Engage in Financial Planning

Patricia DeChant
2018-10-09 13:00:00.0

In today’s world, women are corporate executives, entrepreneurs, independent investors and leaders in their communities. They  control over half of the world’s wealth , and their share is rapidly rising.  One in four married women is the breadwinner , and  they are increasingly becoming the key decision-makers  when it comes to personal and family finances.  Yet,...
Investments

International Update: European Due Diligence

Matt Scherer, CFA
2018-10-08 13:00:00.0

The wild ride continued last month as the market declined over 3.0% early on, only to stage a strong recovery in the back half of the month.
Wealth Strategies

Key Considerations For Selling A Family Business

Cathy Schnaubelt
2018-10-04 13:00:00.0

Succession planning can be one of the most challenging aspects of owning and operating a family business. And while many family business owners may dream of passing ownership of the business onto future generations, keeping the business within the family isn’t always a viable option. When a clear successor within the family doesn’t exist, family business owners are faced with the difficult...
G2G Impact

Podcast: Estate Planning - You Are Never Too Young to Start

Josh Miller, CFP®
2018-10-02 13:00:00.0

The two absolutes we can count on in life are death and taxes, yet planning for these two things can be an unpleasant process. Many young adults delay creating a will until they are married or have children, but you can also ensure that your parents, siblings, or other loved ones are provided for by naming them as beneficiaries of your assets. You may also choose to designate certain...
Wealth Strategies

When to Consider an Employee Stock Ownership Plan

Cathy Schnaubelt
2018-09-27 19:00:00.0

Keeping a family business within the same family from generation to generation is not always a possibility. Nevertheless, many family business owners want to ensure that the firm and culture they have worked hard to build is preserved well into the future. An Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is a way to keep control of a family-owned business within a different type of family—employees who...
Investments

FOMC Raises the Target Range By 0.25%

Gary Pzegeo, CFA
2018-09-27 12:00:00.0

The Federal Reserve raised the target range for short-term rates to 2.00% - 2.25%, as expected. Today’s information revealed neither a sign that the Fed was preparing to pause nor accelerate the process of rate normalization.
The Connection

Investing in China

Ohm Srinivasan, CFA
2018-09-26 17:04:00.0

Emerging markets have become volatile in recent months due to the conflict over global trade, especially as it becomes a showdown between the U.S. and China. Both rhetoric and action on this front have been and may continue to be highly unpredictable.
G2G Impact

In Partnership: Using Two Strategies to Target Sweet Spots in the Market

Dave Donabedian, CFA
2018-09-25 13:00:00.0

Mid-cap stocks are often referred to as the market’s sweet spot—they are typically less volatile than small-cap stocks but offer more growth potential than large caps. This combination has resulted in favorable risk-adjusted returns over time, which investors tend to seek. Yet, historically, mid-cap stocks have been largely overlooked.  In the early 1990s, two investment teams began to...