What the CARES Act Means for Small Business Owners

Posted by Maureen Baxter, CLU, ChFC

April 8, 2020 at 11:00 AM

As small business owners, it’s likely that you and some of your clients have been adversely affected by the coronavirus crisis. Fortunately, help is on the way. On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) into law. It includes several key provisions designed to help small businesses retain their employees and pay expenses during this difficult time.

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What Your Clients Need to Know About Debt Management

Posted by David Haughton, JD

January 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Helping your clients use debt wisely goes hand in hand with budget planning. While many think the term debt carries a negative connotation, not all forms of debt should be viewed with disfavor. For some, debt is a necessary piece of their financial picture, and it can be used to help obtain an education, purchase a home, or establish a business.

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How to Add Value with Strategic Charitable Planning

Posted by Heather Zack, JD, LLM, CAP

December 11, 2019 at 1:30 PM

The holiday season is a time for reflection, when many of your clients will be focusing on how best to execute their goals for charitable giving. And, of course, with December 31 close at hand, they’ll also be highly interested in reducing their tax liability. So, integrating strategic charitable planning into your end-of-year client meetings presents you with an enhanced opportunity to provide valuable guidance. Conversations about how your clients can support organizations they care about while minimizing taxes can give you greater insight into clients’ lives and help you forge deeper, longer-lasting relationships.

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Getting to Know Women Investors

Posted by Anuradha Gaggar, CFA, FRM

November 13, 2019 at 1:30 PM

Women's economic clout is on the rise. They are generating and managing a growing amount of global wealth. They are increasingly participating in the workforce, leading major corporations, starting new businesses, and inheriting wealth. These positive shifts have translated into real financial power—and likely into a growing segment of your business.

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Financial Guidance for Recent Widows

Posted by Whitney Drechsler, JD, LLM, CFP

October 23, 2019 at 1:30 PM

Yesterday, we focused on what financial advisors can do to help women navigate the financial implications of the end of a marriage. Today, we’ll discuss how to assist recently widowed clients.

A 2018 UBS Investor Watch Survey found that nearly 70 percent of married women from around the world believe they’ll outlive their husbands. This belief is confirmed by recent U.S. government data showing that women are living longer than men by roughly five years. Yet many of the women who experience a husband’s death are unprepared to handle the major financial issues that suddenly fall on their lap. That’s especially true for women who’ve abdicated control of financial planning and investing decisions to their spouse over the years.

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