Is self-reliance standing in your wealth’s way? Learn to trust a fiduciary advisor

By |2022-03-23T11:41:49-07:00March 23rd, 2022|Blog, Business Owners, Fiduciary, Investment Management, Investor behavior, Personal Wealth|

You’ve worked hard to get to where you are, and self-reliance has allowed you to forge your own path. The long hours, perseverance, and independent-thinking paid off, which makes it easier to look in a mirror with some pride. But we have to give credit where it’s due, or our sense of self-reliance can [Read More]

Second homes: what to consider before you buy

By |2022-03-23T14:21:19-07:00March 19th, 2022|Blog|

Did the pandemic cause a bit of cabin fever?  If so, you’re not alone. Ideas of buying a second home grew in popularity alongside desires for changes in scenery and new work-from-home norms. But like your first home, the purchase of a second deserves its due diligence. That’s because it’s not always a fiscally [Read More]

Charitable giving: use financial planning to max your impact

By |2022-03-19T17:58:45-07:00March 11th, 2022|Blog|

Helping Ukraine is the primary focus of many right now, and you may be rushing to direct your charitable giving to the country and its people. You may also want to aid businesses, schools, and organizations trying to recover from COVID-19.  Maybe supporting weather-devastated areas razed from fires, earthquakes, and hurricanes is a top [Read More]

The periodic table of investment returns and your portfolio

By |2022-03-07T09:37:25-08:00February 27th, 2022|Blog, Business Owners, Investment Management, Investor behavior, Personal Wealth|

Whenever you hear about a winning stock or a soaring asset class, you may start to fear you are missing out on investment returns. Daily hype from the media or unsolicited advice from friends about ‘where to invest right now’ can make you question your investment choices, make bad decisions or leave you feeling [Read More]

The myth of early retirement: 3 mindset mistakes hurting your future

By |2022-05-15T12:43:45-07:00February 9th, 2022|Blog, Business Owners, Financial planning tips and perspectives, Lifestyle, Personal Wealth|

How do you want the next chapter of your life to read? Well, as the authors of our own stories, it’s up to us to decide. But if we think the most compelling narrative is found in an early retirement, we may be in for an unpleasant surprise.  If we look to riveting novels [Read More]

Q421 Quarterly Context Video

By |2022-01-27T19:17:37-08:00January 25th, 2022|Blog|

Higher inflation is showing persistence but isn’t unexpected, markets are mixed, the omicron variant is making some investors nervous, updated 10-year stock and bond projected returns. That and more in this quarter’s Quarterly Context webinar recording. Watch to stay relaxed by staying informed, and remain current about things that actually matter to staying focused [Read More]

Inflation, investing and innovation – how to stay calm amid uncertainty

By |2022-02-17T12:22:05-08:00January 12th, 2022|Blog, Financial planning tips and perspectives, Investment Management, Lifestyle, Personal Wealth, Staying the course|

Is inflation on your mind?  We would be surprised if it weren’t.  While we all have to weather inflation's short-term effects, we have reason for optimism over the long term.  Here’s a look at where we are right now. Inflation, labor shortages, and supply chains The effects of nearly two years of the pandemic [Read More]

Take a career break, push past limiting beliefs & more: inspiration for your 2022 goals

By |2022-05-15T11:43:20-07:00December 31st, 2021|Blog, Business Owners, Financial planning tips and perspectives, Lifestyle, Personal Wealth, Staying the course|

Providing our insights, observations and advice on issues midlife business owners and Gen X professionals encounter at this busy stage of life is a core part of the conversations we have with clients, prospective clients and interested followers. Throughout 2021, our CEO Greg Patterson and COO Lisette Smith, CFP® expanded beyond financial planning, investments, [Read More]

2022 retirement contribution limits increase for Gen X business owners 

By |2021-12-15T20:50:37-08:00December 15th, 2021|Blog, Business Owners, Financial planning tips and perspectives, In the news, Personal Wealth|

Many Gen X business owners can save more in 2022 with the IRS increases to retirement plan contribution limits.  In our work to help midlife business owners and leaders make work optional, retirement plan savings is an integral part of a comprehensive financial plan.  One way to accelerate your path to financial independence is [Read More]

11 financial planning and tax-saving moves to make before year end

By |2021-12-10T12:03:36-08:00November 27th, 2021|Blog, Business Owners, Financial planning tips and perspectives, Investment Management, Personal Wealth|

As we rapidly head into the last few weeks of 2021, now is the time to take care of any time-sensitive financial planning moves and get prepared for 2022.  You may be able to reduce your tax bill, too, with some of these action steps. 1. Maximize your retirement savings You have until December [Read More]

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