Financial Matters

Tips and news from the financial experts at Attentive Investment Managers.
Oct
15

Relationships and Money, Part III: Prenuptials

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In today’s world relationships are complicated – with second marriages or children from previous relationships things can get even more complicated. In either situation, a legal agreement can assist you as a couple in clearly outlining your wishes and which assets are considered separate property.

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Aug
27

Estate Planning

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What happens to all of the wealth you have accumulated after you pass away? That is Estate Planning—making a plan ahead of time to decide who will benefit from all you accumulated during your life. This concept has recently been highlighted by the passing of a music icon. Ms. Aretha Franklin passed away without having a will or a trust in place, meaning her estate and its beneficiaries will be decided through the public probate process. This can be lengthy and costly to an estate.

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Apr
20

Net Worth / Cash Flow

Net Worth / Cash Flow

Assets, Liabilities, Income and expenses – analyzing what we have financially effectively and honestly can be a confusing task but integral in order to assess where a person is financially and their ability to accomplish their financial goals. Planning properly requires more than black and white numbers on a page – understanding how these numbers relate to and impact your Financial Plan. This is an often overlooked portion of building a sound Financial Plan by many people but is a huge part of the data gathering process done by Financial Planning Professionals and an insightful financial advisor can utilize details found in both to assist them in helping you reach your goals.

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Mar
29

Financial Planning Goals

Financial Planning Goals

Defining one's goals in the Financial Planning process is an integral part of creating a basis for analysis of current financial conditions and how they relate to future plans of action to be developed and implemented. It is critical for goals to be realistic, but more importantly specific and measurable. A Financial Planner can assist you in asking the central questions and guiding you toward how to think about and accomplish your goals. One would develop and recommend actionable steps that can allow you to both prioritize and achieve your goals. Goals can be either short-term or long-term in nature but understanding their role in the overall planning process is important so that you don't mismanage your assets along the way.

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Nov
28

Year-End Gifting

Year-End Gifting
A "gift" is any transfer of an asset for less than full consideration (usually no consideration). The annual exclusion (both per donor and per donee) is currently $14,000 per calendar year. There is no limit to the number of donee's that you can gift.While the gift is not taxable to the recipient, it is also not deductible (other than charitable gifts) by the donor. The recipient will take the "tax basis" of the donor for income tax purposes. If the $14,000 per year done rule is exceeded during the calendar year, a gift tax return (Form 709) should be filed by April 15th of the following year. No actual gift tax will be paid to the I.R.S. until the taxable portion of the gift(s) exceeds $1,000,000 per donor. Needless to say, this is a complex area and I recommend consulting a tax professional if contemplating gifts that exceed the $14,000 per year limit. 
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May
25

Risk v. Reward

Risk v. Reward
If you desire high long-term returns, you must be willing to accept the high levels of volatility associated with the types of asset classes that produce such returns.There is a wide spectrum of risk levels among asset classes. Risk is defined as fluctuations in returns from one period to the next.Lower-risk investments, such as cash alternatives (for example, Treasury bills or certificates of deposit), have averaged modest long-term historical returns. Higher-risk investments, such as large, small, and international stocks, have averaged higher returns historically but with more volatility or fluctuations in value.One of the first steps in developing an investment plan is to determine which is most important: return stability or long-term investment performance.Government bonds and Treasury bills are guaranteed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government as to the timely payment of principal and interest, while stocks and corporate bonds are not guaranteed. Certificates of dep...
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State officials have issued a shelter-in-place order for residents amid novel coronavirus concerns. As such, we will be suspending services at our physical office. However, we are available to you via web meeting (zoom), email and telephone (Phone lines have been forwarded to our personal cell phones) during regular business hours. We will be able to fully service all your investment needs with no interruption.

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We will navigate this crisis as best we can, coming together and making shared sacrifices. We hope that we can help to slow down the effect of this virus together and solve this swiftly. We also wish everyone well and would like to extend our gratitude for your patience during these trying times. Continue to watch for updates from us.