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How Often Should I Meet With My Financial Advisor?

By Bruce Smith | March 21, 2019

Ever wonder exactly how often you should be meeting with your financial advisor? If so, you're not alone; we're often asked if there's a standard time frame that investors should adhere to. 

Though we always recommend -- at minimum -- an annual performance review, a few other circumstances necessitate a sit down with your wealth advisor.

Estate Planning Strategies: Schedule a Meeting

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Financial Literacy: Key to Successful Wealth Management

By Jeremy Sorci | January 23, 2019

We all get them... stacks of envelopes in the junk mail pile, all offering low-interest credit cards. Emails offering "amazing deals" and "once in a lifetime" chances to use a new credit card to pay off existing debt. This steady stream of offers of easy credit is having an impact.

According to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, Americans put an additional $52.4 billion dollars on their credit cards in 2015 alone, leading to an overall increase of $72 billion dollars of credit card debt. The numbers continue to rise. By the end of 2016, outstanding credit card debt reached a new high: over $1 trillion. It appears that our society's current trend away from cash and toward credit card purchases has taken hold. Today, online shopping reigns, making it ever easier to slide into overextended credit and debt. 

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Wealth Management Solutions for Widows: Part 1

By Francoise Crandell | December 17, 2018

Losing a spouse is hard enough... but when financial confidence is lost as well, feelings of worry and instability can seem overwhelming. 2016 research in the Journal of Financial Service Professionals indicates that working with a wealth advisor after the passing of a loved one significantly improves widows' sense of financial confidence and well-being. 

In this, part one of a two-part series, we'll explore the financial issues that affect the more-than 12 million widowed women in the U.S. We'll also share wealth management solutions that can help boost widows' financial confidence and discuss the benefits of strategic financial planning, both before and after losing a loved one. 

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Strategic Wealth Planning for Millennials: Save Early and Often

By Francoise Crandell | December 05, 2018

We often hear from millennials who know they're supposed to start planning for their financial futures and saving for retirement, but just aren't sure how to go about it. 

This is understandable; after all, when you're focusing on graduating from college, paying down student loans and landing that first job, saving for a retirement that's 40 years or more in the future may just be the last thing on one's mind. Plus, given the (slowly) recovering state of the economy, many relatively new college grads may not be in jobs that pay well enough to make it easy to put a hefty percentage of each paycheck into a retirement savings account each month. 

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The Quiet Killer of Active Wealth Management: Style Shift

By Teresa Conley | November 11, 2018

We are often asked about active versus passive wealth management approaches. One question that can be confusing is that of style drift.  What is it? How can it affect my financial planning?

It’s no secret that we’re not big fans of the active management approach, in which a financial advisor or fund manager buys and sells positions in an effort to generate extra returns.  We not only believe this is ineffective; there is also scant evidence to support the notion that trying to beat the market works any better than blind luck.

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Portfolio Managers Say Diversification is Key

By Jeremy Sorci | October 30, 2018

What's the best way to invest your hard-earned capital? It's investors' age-old question — and why so many turn to trusted wealth advisors for help.

Because while the process of building an investment portfolio may seem, in itself, simple, creating an effective portfolio involves realistic goal setting, a long-term time horizon that stretches across a few decades, a modicum of self-discipline and, significantly, risk awareness. Combined, these factors create the recipe for a diversified portfolio that's tailored to meet your specific financial needs. 

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Family Wealth Advisors Share 8 Tax Mistakes to Avoid

By Jeremy Sorci | October 12, 2018

Taxes may not be pleasant, but they are—as they say—inevitable. Still, that's no reason to pay more than you need to. 


Unfortunately, many Americans who prepare their own taxes do just that, to the tune of an average $400 overpayment! A 2014 study by H&R Block found that inaccuracies on do-it-yourself tax returns added up to a total of more than $1 billion in overpayments per year, affecting about 20 percent of those who file their own returns. Read on as our family wealth advisors share 8 common mistakes made at tax time — so you can avoid them.

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Do Some Investment Professionals have Gambling Problems?

By Ron Ross | September 24, 2018

We often speak with clients who have the sneaking suspicion that their previous investment firm was essentially gambling with their money. The unfortunate truth is that many investment professionals might as well be called what they really are – sports bookies. 

Though these two lines of work may seem quite different on the outside, you might just be surprised at the similarities – and at how the “beat the market” strategy endorsed by so many investment professionals is simply gambling in disguise. Here's Part One of a two-part series on the similarities between

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Are Your Financial Strategies Working? How to Evaluate Performance

By Ron Ross | September 18, 2018

When prospective clients meet with us to evaluate their portfolio, many investors are unaware if their portfolio is experiencing sub-par performance relevent to the appropriate benchmarks. Here’s what to look for when you’re evaluating your investments’ performance.

Ignorance is bliss. When it comes to investment performance, there’s a ring of truth to this old adage. It’s not difficult to see how active managers – investment professionals who attempt to “beat the market” in search of greater returns – can

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Why Diversify? Improve your Wealth Management Strategies

By Bruce Smith | September 12, 2018

Long before the days of investment management solutions, financial derivatives and modern portfolio theory, Sancho Panza -- Don Quixote's sidekick – wisely noted, “It is the part of a wise man to keep himself today for tomorrow and not to venture all his eggs in one basket.” Of course, Don didn’t take this sage advice – but you should.

Our clients often ask us how to diversify; while they understand the basic importance of not putting all of those eggs in the same basket, they’re just not sure how to go about it in the most effective manner. Here’s how to avoid diversification pitfalls and create a blueprint to evaluate your own portfolio.

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