About Lisette Smith, CFP®

Lisette is a senior advisor to our personal wealth clients. She provides analysis and advice to help individuals and families make meaningful decisions in their lives, including investment, tax and estate planning issues. Lisette has been providing comprehensive financial planning and investment management to business owners and executives for most of her career. She also spent several years as a consultant to business partnerships and family-owned businesses, including conflict resolution, merger and succession planning.

8 lessons for business owners to improve your wealth & life

By |2021-09-12T21:01:52-07:00August 31st, 2021|Blog, Business Owners, Financial planning tips and perspectives, Lifestyle, Personal Wealth|

The lines between what is your business and what is your personal life quickly blur when you are a business owner.  While you may be quite clear on how to grow or sustain your business, you may not feel the same confidence in your personal wealth strategies.  At The Advisory Group, we often write [Read More]

3 Steps to Make Your Midlife Gap Year a Reality

By |2021-09-02T13:59:42-07:00August 11th, 2021|Blog, Business Owners, Lifestyle, Personal Wealth|

Every time we meet with new clients, we ask them what motivates them to succeed. Besides financial benefits and personal fulfillment, the  answer we hear the most is freedom. Even successful individuals who love their jobs want to spend time not working and pursuing other interests, too. The Gap Year is often the perfect [Read More]

Investment returns: How optimistic should you be?

By |2021-08-04T17:50:48-07:00July 30th, 2021|Blog, Investment Management, Investor behavior, Personal Wealth|

Investment returns may not be on your mind right now as the summer brings highly anticipated changes where we can re-engage with our loved ones and communities in person. It will take some time to gain perspective on the economic and social implications of the global pandemic, especially since its effects have varied among different [Read More]

6 exercises to stress-test your Midlife Gap Year

By |2021-06-25T11:36:55-07:00May 23rd, 2021|Blog, Business Owners, Financial planning tips and perspectives, Personal Wealth|

If you’ve let yourself dream about taking a Midlife Gap Year, you may stop your planning as soon as the “What if…” questions kick in. Even with accumulated nest eggs of a few million dollars, many successful midlife business owners and leaders fear potential negative outcomes of taking this desired career break. The best way [Read More]

Selling a business:  4 key steps to get ready to exit

By |2021-05-15T12:43:38-07:00April 29th, 2021|Blog, Business Owners, Financial planning tips and perspectives, Personal Wealth|

Selling a business is a major life decision that usually requires deep consideration. The past 14 months of pandemic living gave many business owners time to contemplate the future of their business and to reflect on what they want in the next phase of their life.  You may be among the owners who are [Read More]

How to take an extended career break and still be fiscally responsible

By |2021-04-03T18:30:40-07:00March 31st, 2021|Blog, Business Owners, Financial planning tips and perspectives, Lifestyle, Personal Wealth|

If you’re a Gen X-er ready to embark on your Midlife Gap Year and take an extended break from your career, you may be wondering what the financial impact of this decision will be. You know you could use the time off to rest, rejuvenate, or pivot your career for your next chapter, but [Read More]

Save more in 2021: 6 opportunities for midlife professionals and business owners

By |2021-09-03T10:49:00-07:00February 26th, 2021|Blog, Business Owners, Financial planning tips and perspectives, Insurance, Personal Wealth|

As you reach certain midlife milestones, you gain opportunities to save more money, whether through tax-deferred vehicles or identifying key expenses where you may be overpaying.  Business owners also have a chance to bounce back from what may have been a slower year in 2020 with some favorable tax rules.  Which of these options [Read More]

4 life-changing benefits of a Midlife Gap Year for business owners

By |2021-02-15T15:25:33-08:00February 15th, 2021|Blog, Business Owners, General thoughts, Lifestyle, Personal Wealth|

COVID-19 continues to have a wide-ranging impact on business, our economy, and our everyday lives. But the one lesser-discussed impact could be the most difficult to deal with—the personal one. The pandemic’s upheaval has escalated life’s stresses for many business owners, making a Midlife Gap Year all the more attractive. As you contemplate the [Read More]

4 rewarding ways to spend your Midlife Gap Year

By |2021-01-14T17:03:47-08:00January 13th, 2021|Blog, Business Owners, Lifestyle, Personal Wealth|

As you consider taking a Midlife Gap Year, you may find your mind jumping from idea to idea with no clear trajectory for how to spend your time off. How will you make the most of your career break? Of course, this answer will be different for everyone. We all find satisfaction in different [Read More]

More help for business owners: PPP loans, deductions, and other stimulus provisions

By |2021-01-06T14:33:44-08:00January 6th, 2021|Blog, Business Owners, Financial planning tips and perspectives, Personal Wealth|

If you're looking for a new PPP loan for your business, the latest stimulus package, the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) that was signed into law on December 27, 2020 may benefit you. It provides $900B in COVID-19 relief and extends and expands on some provisions of the CARES Act, enacted in March, to help [Read More]

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