Domicile vs. Tax Residency: What is domicile and how do you change it?

As a CPA and financial advisor, clients often ask me for ways to reduce taxes. Since the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that limited state and local tax deductions to $10,000, many clients, particularly residents of high-tax states such as New Jersey, New York, [...]

By |September 24th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

New York Passes Best Interest Regs for Life Insurance

The financial services industry is attempting to move away from harmful sales practices toward more customer-friendly standards. Much has been written about the Securities and Exchange Commission's Regulation Best Interest adopted in June 2019 that governs the sale of investments. In the annuity and life insurance markets, New York Department [...]

By |September 18th, 2019|Categories: In the News|Tags: , , |

The PFIC Problem

Whether you are a young executive planning your first move overseas or a high-net-worth individual retiring in another country, there are many financial matters to consider when moving abroad. No matter how many years someone has spent outside the United States, a U.S. citizen or a current green card [...]

By |June 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

International Estate Planning: Five Key Issues to Consider

In today’s interconnected world, cross-border estate planning is an important issue for global families. This is especially true when one or more individuals is a U.S. citizen or green card holder. A coordinated international estate plan is essential for families that face the possibility [...]

By |June 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |
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Quarterly Review – First Quarter 2018

First quarter market gyrations demonstrated the extremes of investor sentiment from the “fear of missing out” tothe “fear of losing.” The former was evidenced in January, with a 5.8% rise in the S&P 500 followed by the latter inFebruary with an intra-month market correction of over 10%. While the February [...]

By |April 16th, 2018|Categories: Quarterly Review|Tags: , , , |

Quarterly Review – Fourth Quarter 2017

 Happy New Year! But to be honest, 2017 was pretty great! Nearly every asset class and global market was positive for the year. Looking forward, we don’t think the clock has struck midnight on this market just yet, and that’s not the champagne talking either! Corporate earnings in both [...]

By |January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Quarterly Review|Tags: , , , |

Quarterly Review – Third Quarter 2017

 A market in motion stays in motion…unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.1 We suspect this is how Sir Isaac Newton, as a 21st century market strategist, would view the current capital market trends. Global equity and fixed income markets continued their 2017 upward trajectory during the quarter. The [...]

By |October 16th, 2017|Categories: Quarterly Review|Tags: , , , |

Quarterly Review – Second Quarter 2017

 Is Goldilocks back in town? During the previous economic cycle (2003-2007), Wall Street referred to the U.S. economy as the “Goldilocks Economy” …not too hot, not too cold, just right. It was also during this time that market risk metrics, such as volatility, were low. Presently, investors find themselves [...]

By |July 18th, 2017|Categories: Quarterly Review|Tags: , , , |

Quarterly Review – First Quarter 2017

 The “Trump Rally” continued through the first quarter with most asset classes, both domestic and international, generating strong, risk-adjusted returns. The rally’s underlying support is in part due to investors “pricing-in” near certain approval of Trump’s stated policy initiatives (healthcare, tax, foreign profits, infrastructure and military). But the rally [...]

By |April 18th, 2017|Categories: Quarterly Review|Tags: , , , |

Quarterly Review – Fourth Quarter 2016

The year 2016 will be remembered as an example of the need to always consider the unexpected – from BREXIT to the Trump victory to the ensuing market rally that wasn’t supposed to happen. We began the year with the S&P 500 declining approximately 10.5% through February 11. Several [...]

By |January 26th, 2017|Categories: Quarterly Review|Tags: , , , |
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