Insights & Observations Blog

Insights & Observations

Context and perspective to improve behavioral  finance patterns and  make smarter financial decisions. A focus above the fray, on what matters most for effective financial outcomes and goal achievement.

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    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 […]

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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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    The 3 critical agreements business owners need to protect their personal finances

    When you own a business, you appreciate just how much your personal financial life is tied to your business.  What you may not realize is how much your personal financial wellbeing is intertwined with your partners or other owners in your business.  If you own a mature, successful business, and you’re seriously looking at your […]

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    Action steps to reduce the risk of identify theft

    The Equifax data breach increases the risk of identity theft for 145 million Americans. Consider and take these action steps to help protect yourself.

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    Live long and prosper

    You may be able to spend more in the early years of retirement than you thought. Retirement spending strategies have always been an important part of smart planning; incorporating new research about longevity and spending patterns of retirees leads to even wiser decisions.

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