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As the saying goes, "When times are good, anyone can make money." In the tenth year of the bull market following the Great Recession, markets are at or near all-time highs, but recent volatility has some investors uncertain on where the markets will go from here. Many are re-evaluating their relationship with their financial advisor to ensure that they are in good hands.

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Read what Brightworth advisors and planners have to say about wisely managing your financial future.

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Last month we began the discussion on how a change in interest rates will affect your bond investments. The most important takeaway from this was to recognize why interest rates are changing.

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Join father/son CPA duo and tax experts Ryan and Harold Halpern for a concise 30-minute presentation on ways to help reduce taxes for 2021, and what working professionals should be doing today if tax rates rise.

Dave Polstra

Congratulations to Brightworth’s co-founder and partner, Dave Polstra, who received the Greater Good Award from Georgia Planned Giving Council for 2020/2021! Dave has worked for more than 20 years with his clients to develop giving strategies to charities across metro Atlanta.

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If you know someone over age 50 who is contemplating divorce, then share this webinar. Family law expert Steve Andrews and Brightworth’s finance expert Lisa Brown talk about "gray divorce".

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As your life changes, your financial plan may change too. And that’s OK.

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You may love your son-in-law or daughter-in-law now, but that could change down the road. So, if you don’t want your money going to your kid’s future ex, here’s what you should do.

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Check out what Brightworth advisors and planners have to say about wisely managing your financial future.

 

11 ON Mon, 06/07/2021 - 16:01

 

For centuries, human beings have fought against the reality of life: that we are aging and will eventually die. Entire industries are devoted to extending and improving our lifespan and even our mindset regarding getting older. The area of aging and its implications are a central theme throughout the other Elements of Retirement.

10 ON Fri, 06/04/2021 - 14:35

A bad fall at an advanced age can change everything. And by the time it happens, you may be scrambling to understand your elder relative's financial situation and plan next steps.

38 ON Thu, 05/27/2021 - 16:21

During their accumulation years, many givers earmark a portion of their cash earnings for charitable purposes.  But how should retirees think about generating income for charitable purposes when their cash flow comes from multiple income sources such as Social Security, pensions, deferred compensation plans, or Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)?

11 ON Thu, 05/27/2021 - 16:06

In the spirit of friendship, personal growth, and community, we are excited to launch the Retiring Well Book Club. Each quarter, we will feature a book recommendation and a short executive summary. The book for this quarter is The Psychology of Money: Timeless lesson on wealth, greed and happiness by Morgan Housel.

86 ON Fri, 05/21/2021 - 12:37

rocket launch

Growing up in Huntsville, Alabama (aka “The Rocket City”), in the 1970s and 80s, I was well aware of its importance in the golden age of America’s space program.

38 ON Thu, 05/13/2021 - 16:06

A home equity line of credit could be a helpful temporary source of liquidity for extra cash needs in retirement, especially for retirees who generate most of their income from tax-deferred accounts like a 401(k) or IRA.  Here are four common scenarios where this line of credit could make sense.

11 ON Thu, 05/13/2021 - 15:48

We take a deeper dive into the Element of Leisure. How can you use your wealth to bring greater satisfaction to this area of retirement life?

11 ON Thu, 04/29/2021 - 16:19

One of the primary comments of the Retiring Well philosophy is there are two sides to money. What are the two sides of money and how do they affect our financial decision- making?

38 ON Thu, 04/29/2021 - 14:58

Since late 2019, two significant pieces of legislation have changed some of the rules for required minimum distributions (RMDs) for retirees and other IRA beneficiaries. If RMDs impact you, keep these key rules top of mind for 2021.

354 ON Thu, 04/22/2021 - 14:43

pilot in a private plane

As a pilot, I make hundreds of decisions on a single flight to get my family safely to our destination.  Some of those decisions are conscious, and some are not.  They all, however, are influenced by internal and external factors.  Most importantly, they are influenced by experience and by attitude. 

38 ON Fri, 04/16/2021 - 14:07

For those looking to help cover the rising cost of higher education for their grandchildren, Chase Mouchet shares the 5 key features and benefits of the 529 Plan and why it may be a great tool to consider.

10 ON Mon, 03/29/2021 - 14:28

An international work assignment is often seen as a big career boost. But has the remote work trend eliminated the need for "boots on the ground" overseas? Lisa meets with Lisa Burkard, Managing Director of Spectrum Group Consulting to discuss what's happening.