Insights & Observations

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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]

    The rationale for investment manager changes

    Sometimes we have to change the investments we hold in our clients’ portfolios. We’ve talked about rebalancing and tax loss harvesting as ways to keep portfolios’ allocation in check and lower tax bills, but what happens when a specific investment manager of a mutual fund or other vehicles needs a change? How do we decide… [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]

    rebalancing portfolio

    Why rebalancing your portfolio in the midst of crisis is essential for long term success

    In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the term rebalancing now extends past investment portfolios as we all rebalance our lives around staying at home, creatively social distancing, and protecting our health. It is a rebalancing act that people did not anticipate; we’re all learning lessons that will linger on once this crisis is behind… [Read More]

    retirement plan sponsors

    The SECURE Act: What individuals, business owners and retirement plan sponsors need to know

    Business owners, especially smaller employers, now have more incentives and options to offer retirement savings plan.  Individuals have additional opportunities to grow their retirement savings.  Signed in to law by the President on December 20, 2019, The SECURE Act (‘Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement”) brings the most significant pension reform in more than… [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]

    Remodeled office space at The Advisory Group of San Francisco

    An evening of celebration at The Advisory Group of San Francisco

    Thank you to everyone who joined us at our Open House on November 14th.  We were excited to see you! We hosted this 20th Anniversary event to celebrate The Advisory Group’s past and future:  Our Past: Our roots began as an industry pioneer that believed client interests should always come first, as one of the… [Read More]

    2 strategies to reduce taxes that you may not have considered

    With high incomes and appreciated portfolios, many of our clients around the Bay Area seek relief from paying a large sum to Uncle Sam.  Identifying tax minimization opportunities can be difficult as your income and account balances increase; however, there are a few ways you can keep more of what you make.  Here are two… [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]

    Creating the future super savers of America: inspire the next generation to save for retirement

    Contribution by Margaret Hiller, CFP®, CPC Last month was Financial Literacy Month which prompted a flurry of articles on the retirement crisis in the U.S. One noted that the “average” retirement savings amount, paltry though it is, is often an overstated figure because it is the average (or mean) rather than the median and is therefore… [Read More]

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