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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.

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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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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Lisa Brown is joined by wealth advisors Brett Covert and Patricia Sklar for a concise 30-minute presentation for working professionals who want to know if their 401(k) investment strategy is in good shape.

With the first quarter of 2021 behind us, the economy is in full-blown recovery mode. According to the Wall Street Journal, real (after inflation) GDP forecasts are for 6% growth by the end of the year. This would result in net growth of 2% over the past two years…during a pandemic!

Interest rates have been on the rise lately causing many investors to become increasingly nervous that the upward trend may have much further to go. 

Bright Blog

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

 

14 ON Tue, 04/14/2020 - 13:54

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While most of the country focuses on staying healthy and safe during the current pandemic, it’s hard to escape the real economic impact all of this has taken. The general age group most susceptible to the health dangers of COVID-19, people 60 years old and older, and includes many Americans who are nearing retirement.

90 ON Tue, 04/14/2020 - 13:34

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The most common question I have received from my clients over the last month Is “Should I invest some of the cash I’ve been sitting on?” Whether you have saved your last bonus, had a liquidity event such as sale of a rental property or received an inheritance, or you have just been thrifty, let me walk you through the exercise I take my clients on when answering this important question.

 
8 ON Mon, 04/13/2020 - 10:22

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Having been in the business world for over 40 years now and having experienced several (let’s not count!) economic and stock market upheavals, a quote often attributed to Mark Twain (aka Samuel Clemens) comes to mind:  “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes”.

38 ON Thu, 04/09/2020 - 10:33

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people want to stretch the impact of their dollars for their families while continuing to help others.  Even during a downturn, donating stock may be one way to achieve that goal and support the nonprofits that are tirelessly serving our communities during this time of urgent need.  

8 ON Wed, 04/08/2020 - 18:40

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In our personal and professional lives, we are continually learning about one another, subtly adjusting our behavior as we understand ourselves and understand others in order to get along,enjoy being together and become more effective. While every day is different, we generally know each other’s habits and reactions in most situations. In other words, normal behavior.

11 ON Wed, 04/01/2020 - 16:15

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Few of us had heard the phrase “social distancing” at the beginning of the year. But now, maintaining safe, hygienic spaces that help limit the spread of the coronavirus is part of our lives. I hope this is short-lived, but in the meantime, we should do everything we can to thrive during this time.

10 ON Mon, 03/16/2020 - 12:39

woman using a tablet at home to check her finances

As we all watch the latest news about the coronavirus, it’s easy to be scared about our physical and financial health. Some people may not leave their homes or allow children and grandchildren to play with others. Others, worried about a recession or financial meltdown, may be making major changes to their finances or investment accounts.

8 ON Tue, 03/10/2020 - 12:45

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Whether growing or floundering, every organization reflects the individuals and leadership of which it is made.  At the same time, from top to bottom, from vision to execution, each individual evolves and becomes what they strive for as they reach their individual goals.

13 ON Fri, 03/06/2020 - 08:39

One life event more than any other marks a turning point for how seriously families consider their finances: having a baby. New babies bring new life challenges, with financial repercussions that can stretch into retirement.

14 ON Tue, 03/03/2020 - 15:36

woman is happy to receive a bonus check

Bonus checks will begin arriving during the next few weeks for millions of corporate executives and managers countrywide. While most people have anticipated this cash windfall, too many don’t have a clear plan on how to best save, invest and spend this money.

90 ON Thu, 02/27/2020 - 14:09

The most common reason I hear people jumping ship to a shinier boat is for a “better opportunity.”  However, let’s unpack what a “better opportunity” truly looks like.

8 ON Wed, 02/26/2020 - 13:55

“What is your unique ability?”   It’s an executive coaching question that gets asked a lot.  Questions like these are valuable because few of us take the time to ask and answer that question ourselves and leverage the answer