Insights & Observations

Stay Informed

You’re busy creating your own success; to help you stay informed, we share our insights and observations regularly through our blog. Whether you want to secure your personal wealth, improve the lives of your employees or elevate your impact in your community, we invite you to read the topics that matter most to you.

  • Small business debt

    Using Debt to Get Your Business Through Coronavirus

    The decision to take on debt is a significant one for any business in normal times.  For businesses severely affected by COVID-19 shutdowns, debt-use consideration takes on heightened importance.  If your business is able to borrow or had credit lines available to draw down, the question becomes how to best use those funds to shore… [Read More]

    Drawing from experience to navigate uncertainty

    Every quarter we send a letter to our clients to set context around recent market activity.  This quarter, we are posting our letter here since it offers some reminders about how our experience and contingency planning get us through difficult times that we feel may benefit everyone.  These past several weeks have reminded us that… [Read More]

    Business owners: Explore Paycheck Protection Program starting 4/3/20, and other programs

    Business owners & leaders: If your business has been adversely affected by the coronavirus directly or indirectly, explore the recent CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loan, Disaster Loan (& grant) Assistance, or Employee Retention Credit program. The PPP started 4/3/20 for small businesses, and 4/10/20 for sole proprietorships and independent contractors. These programs… [Read More]

    The CARES Act: help for individuals and small businesses

    As we adjust to the effects of COVID-19 in our lives, we wanted to provide some information for individuals and small businesses about the stimulus package passed by Congress on March 27th  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, as well as previously announced tax filing relief, should help with business and personal… [Read More]

    Create your own Blue Dot to experience Blue Zone benefits

    What if you had the recipe of life choices that could help you live longer, healthier, and happier? That is exactly what studies show happens in “Blue Zones,” parts of the world with unusually high numbers of happy centenarians. If you don’t live in a Blue Zone, you do not have to move.  You can… [Read More]

    disaster preparation

    Is your business prepared for the next disaster?

    Preparing your business for a natural disaster is as critical as preparing your home, yet many business owners do not have an emergency plan in place.  In the Bay Area, earthquakes are a constant threat with no advanced warning, and the “new normal” of California fire season reminds us how devastating nature can be. The… [Read More]

    Save (a bit) more in 2020 with new retirement plan contribution limits

    The IRS recently released the 2020 dollar limits for qualified retirement plan contributions, bumping up employees’ and owners’ ability to defer compensation and invest for their future. Because of low inflation, most of the common contribution levels increased by only $500, with defined contribution total dollar amounts (from employee and employer contributions combined) increasing by… [Read More]

    3 reasons owners should invest outside of their business

    How do many business owners continue to grow and manage their businesses?  They reinvest company profits back into the business. As financial advisors to many business owners, we have learned from experience how important it is to strike the right balance between your company assets and some diversified investments outside of your business. While it… [Read More]

    How to help your adult children stay in the Bay Area

    Living in San Francisco is expensive. Very expensive. Median rent is nearly twice the national average and 81% of homes cost more than $1 million. It is no wonder that many Bay Area natives find their children leaving to live in places like Seattle, Denver, and Austin, where they can afford a house and where… [Read More]

    Start this conversation with your aging parents now

    The time to discuss issues related to your parents aging is before you need to. Some senior care professionals promote the idea of the “40-70 rule”, advising that you begin conversations with your parents about their plans and desires once you reach age 40 or they are age 70. While this may seem early since… [Read More]

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