As we close out 2021, the landscape of the financial markets is one of the most unique in history. Never before have we seen a period of unbridled bullish investor sentiment, record earnings, and stock market all-time highs, coupled with job market dysfunction, massive supply chain disruptions, and unprecedented fiscal and monetary stimulus.
Choosing the right advisor
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.
Do you wish you had started working with a financial advisor sooner?
After a tragedy, your world seems upside-down. Are you making mistakes that might compound a bad situation?
Executives need to be prepared for the tax bills that come with earning stock awards and bonuses. These tips can help you handle a tax bill surprise.
Adult children will eventually need to know about their parents’ finances in case of emergency. This list of 9 questions can help you talk to your aging parents about money.
Check out what Brightworth advisors and planners have to say about wisely managing your financial future.
Research shows that 75 percent of business owners are unhappy within a year of selling their business. This is why understanding when to sell your businessis so consequential
An oft-forgotten area of focus in all this planning is one’s own health. Here are recommendations on how to take care of your own health and fitness as you prepare for the next phase of your life.
It’s amazing to me that a show can start off so strongly, with critical acclaim and a massive following and, at least in the opinion of many, finish so weakly. There is nothing worse than a bad ending. In real life you don’t want to be that way either.
Our clients often ask “How much do I need to save this year to be on track for retirement?” Obviously, there are a lot of variables that go into answering that question: retirement spending, assumed rate of return, pensions and Social Security to name a few. But perhaps the most important variable is the one that’s priceless: time. People with the most time on their side are those most likely to achieve their retirement goals. Those who save early end up way ahead of their procrastinating peers.
So, your taxes are either filed or extended. How did you fare with the new tax law? Much has been written about the impact of the new federal tax law on allowable itemized deductions. Between the increased standard deduction and major changes to popular areas such as state and local taxes (SALT) and miscellaneous itemized deductions, many taxpayers are finding limited options for reducing their taxable income.
Are you considering leaving your job to be a stay-at-home parent? If you’re a little older, how about going back to school for a new degree or retiring earlier than your spouse?
Whatever the reason a working couple is considering going from two incomes to one, this decision can sometimes be overwhelming and even frightening. However, like many major events, anyone can sail through this transition with proper planning and be glad they made the change.
As mentioned in Part 1, most business owners will leave substantial dollars on the table when they sell their business, and less than one-third of business owners will be able to successfully transition out of their business.
If you’re a business owner, you’ve likely spent years, possibly decades, building your business. No doubt you’ve poured your heart, soul and much of your finances into making your business successful. Unfortunately, if you’re like most business owners, you probably haven’t spent much time planning to capture the value you’ve created in your business.
I hate this cliché, but it kind of fits…Rome wasn’t built in a day. Your goals don’t have to be accomplished in day, or even a year. The important thing is to set goals, make progress and keep at it. Doing nothing will not produce results. As Mark Twain famously said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
What did your parents teach you about money growing up? Was money an open conversation in your family or a taboo topic? Regardless of their intentions, each of our parents taught us something about money. Here are some tips for how to purposefully teach your young children about money and make it fun!