Retirement Assumptions: What’s Your Legacy Goal?

When you are building out your long term retirement plan, a financial advisor will often have to make many different types of assumptions. I have authored numerous articles around this topic. You need to consider market downside risk, interest rate risk, inflation risk, liquidity risk, tax risk, sequencing risk, and several others. Often, one major mistake made around the discussion regarding building a quality retirement plan is actually having the end in mind. What do you want your legacy to be when you pass on? This is a crucial conversation to have at the onset of your overall comprehensive financial plan. Consider this for a moment. If you tell your financial advisor nothing, he or she will likely build out your retirement plan analysis by using a ‘death age’. From the conversations you have with your planner or from some default number in the financial planning software, you will arrive a set age usually in the 85 to 90 range. ...

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Should I Sell My Baseball Card Collection?

I get asked all the time by clients for a little life advice about whether or not to sell their prized collection. Let’s face it; most of us have some type of collection we’ve owned for years sitting somewhere in an attic or closest likely to be collected dust at this point. What’s even worse is the delusional vision of grandeur most of us have worked up over the years that we’ll have some time of Powerball moment when we unload our collection down the road. Or maybe you have this illuminating vision in your head about how appreciative your son or daughter will be someday when they carry on the legacy of the bottle cap collection you have worked so vigorously on collecting over the years. Like it or not we all get attached to our collections as it is part of our human nature. I started collecting baseball cards at a young age so I can comment most ...

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Personal Finance 101 – What Is A Buy-Sell Agreement?

For many business owners, the value of their business is one of the largest components of their overall net worth, and the business itself is the result of years of hard work and investment.  Most business owners want to preserve the built up value of the business for themselves and their family while also ensuring that the business legacy they have helped create continues for years to come.  The best solution is a well-considered Buy-Sell Agreement. A Buy-Sell Agreement is a contract entered by owners of a business that specifies when and how ownership in the business will be sold or transferred.  The agreement can be a stand-alone agreement or incorporated into a partnership or operating agreement for your business. Buy-Sell Agreements are not “one size fits all”, so careful attention should be given to the details. Most business owners have heard of the importance of a good Buy-Sell Agreement, but many push this planning to the “back burner” to ...

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Smart Financial Moves After A Divorce

Divorce is one of those life events that may be one of the most difficult transitions any person has to make.  Some of the divorces end up amicably, while others end up with such irreconcilable differences that the two parties never speak again.   While lawyers usually end up in the middle of the finances when a couple gets divorced, here are five things I would recommend you consider reviewing after a divorce. 1. Check Your Credit Report–  When people are married, it isn’t always discussed on who is the owner of a particular credit card or loan obligation.  Reviewing all of your credit cards and loan obligations to make sure you are not joint on any of those items after the divorce, and ensuring your credit report is in good standing is an important step to take. 2. Review Your Beneficiary Designations–  Remember that items such as your 401(k), IRA’s, and insurance policies have a named beneficiary.  Despite what your ...

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