As a firm dedicated to providing an integrated wealth management experience, we help our clients effectively maximize their assets and unlock opportunities to realize their personal and financial goals. An important aspect of this comprehensive approach is advising clients on the intricacies of their estate plan. One of the most consequential decisions in estate planning is who to name as trustee. The trustee’s knowledge, commitment, ability, and skill will have an enormous impact on ... [Continue Reading]
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In conversations with our clients, we often talk about investment premiums, which are characteristics of companies whose stocks have historically outperformed. The three premiums we discuss most often are size, valuation, and profitability. In short, companies that are smaller in size, have low valuations, and have high profitability, have historically outperformed. In this article we’ll be specifically focusing in on the size premium. Looking back over nearly a century of market history is ... [Continue Reading]
As the chart below shows, 2020’s second-quarter rise in equity market performance was as dramatic as the previous quarter’s decline. With plenty of bumps along the way, the S&P 500 is now up more than 40% from the bottom on March 23. 1 If we view these recent extreme market events as isolated time periods, we can see the sharp contrast between the first two quarters of 2020 (Chart 1, below). These quarters were truly “tail events.” Q1 produced the fifth worst return, and Q2 ... [Continue Reading]
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed to provide economic relief to people across the United States. With the continued impact of COVID-19, the IRS has issued further guidance on the provisions of the CARES Act to expand the opportunity for economic relief. Coronavirus-related Distributions In March, it was announced that the CARES Act will provide favorable tax treatment for qualified individuals receiving up to ... [Continue Reading]
The nature of estate planning is that it is truly an ongoing process. It's prudent to review and periodically update plans in light of numerous factors. Health, family changes, and changes in related laws are a few of the most common reasons you may want to update your plan. A recent law, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019, includes significant changes that could have an impact on your estate plan. It is therefore very important that existing documents ... [Continue Reading]