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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.

webinar at home

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.

 

15 ON Tue, 02/26/2019 - 11:51

It’s been 10 years since the last bear market, commonly defined as a sustained decline of 20 percent or more. We experienced a significant correction late last year, with stock dropping almost, but not quite 20 percent. Equity prices have since staged an impressive recovery so far this year. While we don’t know if the next bear market is right around the corner or a long time away, to successfully navigate the next one and keep their investment strategy intact, investors need to know three things...

354 ON Tue, 02/26/2019 - 11:33

Investors know stocks often stumble during economic recessions, so it’s no surprise we are frequently asked if a US recession is likely in 2019. The good news is that the economy is expected to continue to grow this year, making it the longest economic expansion in US history.

86 ON Tue, 02/26/2019 - 11:21

Despite the continuing buzz about slowing economic growth in 2019, most economists are not predicting a US recession this year. In fact, for long-term investors, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic. Here are six potential surprises that should give investors a respite from some of the dire predictions and help guide your investment decisions this year:

11 ON Thu, 02/14/2019 - 11:07

A very common statement I’ve heard from my clients over the years when discussing retirement goes something like this: “I don’t want to just stop working. I would go crazy.”

 
354 ON Tue, 01/29/2019 - 10:30

Last month, it appeared that Scrooge, the Grinch, and the Wet Bandits from the movie “Home Alone” were conniving to steal Christmas from investors.

11 ON Tue, 01/29/2019 - 09:34

Many of my clients nearing retirement talk a lot about life after work. But do you know what they often worry about most? Not just money – but how to wisely use their time, talent, influence, AND money in their retirement years.

10 ON Thu, 12/27/2018 - 00:00

Celebrating New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are always a lot of fun.  On New Year’s Eve, my husband and I celebrate with our young children by ringing in the New Year with friends who also “risk” trying to see if their little ones can make it to midnight as well!  Sometimes we make it to midnight, sometimes we depart by 9pm as someone is melting down.

9 ON Mon, 12/17/2018 - 14:25

A financial strategy that is easy to manage is so important to help busy attorneys pay taxes, save for retirement and other goals, and have the cash flow needed for living expenses. Here are five fundamental steps any attorney should consider right now.

6 ON Mon, 12/10/2018 - 08:59

One of my favorite clients passed away this year at age 94.  Captured by the German Army during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, his war stories were spellbinding.  And after traveling to Germany as an executive at The Coca-Cola Company for more than 40 years, he actually met the soldier who apprehended him.

14 ON Tue, 11/27/2018 - 14:58

As 2019 open enrollment gets underway, I want to recommend that people strongly consider electing a high deductible health plan (HDHP) that is coupled with a Health Savings Account (HSA).  HSAs have significant tax benefits and are an excellent way to sock away money now for medical expenses in retirement.

11 ON Thu, 11/15/2018 - 10:26

As the end of 2018 draws near, many Brightworth clients will begin considering giving money to their favorite charities and nonprofit organizations.  But recent changes to the federal tax laws have the potential to dramatically alter those plans. So, I wanted to lay out a potential strategy now for people to consider implementing before December 31.

10 ON Tue, 10/30/2018 - 11:59

As the U.S. equity market gets set to conclude its worst October performance since the financial crisis, it’s natural for people to wonder if their investments are well positioned. This is a typical reaction when prices swing sharply – such as the Dow rising and falling hundreds of points, often in the same day.