Cash Balance Plans

A new concept is evolving in the pension world that combines both features of a traditional defined contribution and defined plan. A cash balance plan is sometimes referred to as a “hybrid” plan as it allows for the high contributions of a defined benefit plan, but with the look, feel and portability of a defined contribution plan.

Investing in Index & Target Date Funds: A Closer Look for the Smart Investor

by: Richard B. Freeman, CFP & Theodore D. Schneider, CFA The rise in popularity of investing in passive index funds has occurred for a number of reasons—simplicity, low cost and a “can’t beat the market” perspective. As a result, passive index funds have gained a [...]

“Capital Gains Rate: 20%, 25%, or 40%, should we care?”

House Democrats recently presented a preliminary tax proposal that is intended to help fund President Biden’s proposed $3.5 trillion dollar infrastructure package.  The current proposal targets high earners and corporations through increases in income taxes, corporate and business taxes, as well as estate taxes.  One update [...]

By |November 2nd, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

2021 Reconciliation Bill: Potential Tax Changes

With the 2022 Fiscal Year Federal Budget deadline of October 1st rapidly approaching, House Democrats presented a preliminary tax proposal targeting high earners, wealthy estates, and corporations to fund Biden’s proposed $3.5 trillion infrastructure spending package. While the proposal is significantly more moderate than some of the [...]

By |September 16th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Top 7 Estate Planning Considerations for US/UK Families

U.S. citizens living in the UK face many obstacles to successfully growing and protecting their wealth. A major concern for many families is estate planning between the two countries. These cross-border financial planning and international tax issues are complex but do not have to be overwhelming. This webinar will address common estate planning issues encountered by American citizens living in the UK and provide an overview of several compliant U.S./UK planning strategies.

By |February 25th, 2022|Categories: In the News, Webinars|

2022 Investment Outlook & Positioning

A discussion on the current state of capital markets, the macroeconomic environment, and the top concerns facing markets today. The team will also outline their outlook across asset classes and address how the firm is positioning client portfolios for the months ahead.

By |February 3rd, 2022|Categories: In the News, Webinars|

Getting Tipsy: Have We Reached the Tipping Point for TIPS?

 Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (or “TIPS”) provide investors with a useful tool to manage inflation risk and preserve purchasing power. The unique properties of TIPS can make them an attractive investment; however, there are important considerations in determining if they are appropriate for a given investor. This paper examines [...]

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Quarterly Review – Fourth Quarter 2020

We would like to first acknowledge and offer our heartfelt condolences and thoughts to those that lost loved ones or suffered economic hardship during this ongoing pandemic. It was a year like no other. Winston Churchill once said, “If you are going through hell, keep going.” We agree: stay safe, [...]

By |January 26th, 2021|Categories: Quarterly Review|Tags: , , , |

Quarterly Review – First Quarter 2020

First and foremost, we hope you and your families are safe and healthy. These are indeed unprecedented times and unprecedented actions are being taken to combat the societal and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As people across the U.S. practice social distancing and “sheltering in place,” we understand [...]

By |April 20th, 2020|Categories: Quarterly Review|Tags: , , , |

Quarterly Review – Fourth Quarter 2019

What a great year for investors! During 2019, capital markets erased the memory of 2018’s negative performances and moved on to record-setting index levels. In a complete turnaround, every asset class generated a positive return, whereas in 2018 nearly every asset class was at a loss.  Read More > [...]

By |January 28th, 2020|Categories: Quarterly Review|Tags: , , , |

Quarterly Review – Third Quarter 2019

The third quarter of 2019 witnessed the Federal Reserve lower its Fed Funds Target Rate twice, with a cumulative reduction of 0.50% from 2.5% to 2.0%. The initial rate reduction on July 31st helped foster a fixed income rally that pushed the Barclay’s U.S. Aggregate Index up 2.6% in [...]

By |October 30th, 2019|Categories: Quarterly Review|Tags: , , , |
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