How Small Businesses Can Stay Competitive

Launching a small business can be an all-consuming prospect. Even after you start to feel as though you have gotten into a groove you could find yourself facing unforeseen challenges—from a new competitor to supply chain issues. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to try and remain competitive regardless of what is being thrown at you. Read …

Investing in Your Vacation

Why do most avoid this important investment? Why do so many of us not use our vacation days?  Salespeople talk about “leaving money on the table.”  Well, employees leave vacation on the table. And the cost to us is significant. In fact, Americans leave 429 million vacation hours on this proverbial table, according to a report from Forbes. And USA …

Umbrella Policies: Extra Coverage and Peace

Additional insurance to protect your assets and future Why doesn’t anyone ever tell you not to buy an umbrella liability policy? It seems like additional overall security for pennies. Sure, you can spend pennies paying for something you don’t need or will never use, but isn’t that the argument against all insurance? Let’s run some numbers and see if this …

HENRYs with Limited Wealth-Building Potential – Are You One of Them?

The term HENRY (High Earners Not Rich Yet) refers to individuals who have the potential to become wealthy in the future because of their income. These individuals or families earn between $250,000 and $500,000 per year and are between 25 and 45 years of age (Gen Z, Millennials, and Gen X). Despite their income, after paying their living costs, taxes, …

Maintaining the Investment You Made in Your Home

For many Americans, the home is the single biggest purchase made during their lifetime.[1] As a result, it’s important to do everything possible to keep it in good condition. Even moderate or short-term neglect can be dangerous, as small problems can quickly snowball into larger and more expensive ones. But homes don’t come with an instruction manual, and it can be …

Gearing Up for Summer

As we move into June, a path to normalcy is coming quickly with stadiums allowing full capacity, restaurants filling up, and summer vacations in full swing. Meanwhile, the U.S. economy continues to recover remarkably quickly and the stock market is near all-time highs. Although there are many positives, a lot of this good news could very well be priced into …

How to Teach Your Children Financial Wellness

Teaching children about financial wellness should start at an early age. Learning how making money, saving, and spending is related and the first step in teaching your child how to understand the value of money. Children learn from parents, mentors, and even their friends. Ensure you provide them with basic tools for financial wellness. Here are a few ways to …

For The 99.5% Act

In March 2021, Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) sponsored a new bill called the “For the 99.5% Act” proposing new and revised estate, gift, and tax rates aimed at the wealthiest 0.5% of Americans.1 The bill is complex, but we’ve attempted to anticipate your questions and cover the most meaningful points here. Question 1: Who will be affected? (or “Who are the …

Traditional IRAs versus Roth IRAs

Understanding the contribution, age, and income rules in 2021 Currently, there are two popular Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) vying for your attention: the traditional IRA and the Roth IRA. While both are long-term savings vehicles with tax benefits, each has different rules concerning contributions, age, and income that may change from one year to the next. Contributions Perhaps the biggest …

How to Stay Committed to Your Financial Goals

Setting healthy financial goals is critical. Even more important is staying committed to those financial goals. Keeping yourself committed to your goals may be difficult, especially when times may be financially tough. But by staying on track and focused on your goals, you are more likely to get the long-term outcome you seek. Below are a few simple tips that …