Insights & Observations

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As a business owner 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.

  • 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]

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    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]

    4 ways business owners can plan for college savings & financial aid

    If you have children approaching their college years and you own a business, you have more opportunities than others to manage your assets and income to save and pay for college.  One of the most favorable treatments for business owners is your ability to increase the amount of financial aid for which your child may… [Read More]

    Do you suffer from investment FOMO? The periodic table of investment returns can help.

    As a business owner you probably do not have the time, inclination or energy to research and anticipate what the right mix of investments is for your personal portfolio. Yet, with daily hype from the media or the unsolicited advice of friends who invested in a winning stock, you may still experience FOMO with your… [Read More]

    Lessons from a flat tire – gaining perspective on market volatility

    Is recent market volatility making you anxious? Gaining some perspective could help relieve that anxiety and ensure that you remain on track to reach your financial goals. Your financial journey is a lot like a long road trip. On your route from point A to point B, even while driving wisely, it is normal to… [Read More]

    Updated annual savings limits for 2019

    The IRS recently released the indexed dollar limits for qualified retirement plans for 2019. The amounts remain largely unchanged, due to low inflation rates, but personal investors and retirement plan fiduciaries should review the update for smart saving opportunities. 401(k), 403(b), 457 Plan deferral Limit: 2018: $18,500, 2019: $19,000 “Catch-up” Contribution >age 50: 2018: $6,000,… [Read More]

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