Category Archives: Financial Advisors

How To Stop Worrying And Love Market Volatility

Karl Kaufman “Buy the ticket, take the ride,” wrote Hunter S. Thompson in his classic book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Equity investors have been on a bumpy ride this month as volatility, lying dormant for what seems like an eternity, returned to the market in force. Wild swings in the Dow — thousand point drops followed by triple digit gains followed by drops and then gains — erased much of January’s returns and… Read More »

Trusts Have Changed: Time To Re-Engineer Your Estate Plan

by Ashlea Ebeling The federal tax overhaul just doubled the amount of wealth you can pass to heirs estate-tax-free–without using any trusts or planning gimmicks. Yet rather than looking for a new specialty, top trust lawyers are positively giddy about the opportunities created by the law President Trump signed three days before Christmas. The letter of the law allows slightly more than $11 million per person to be passed to kids or other noncharitable heirs… Read More »

5 Things: What Yellen’s Fed Tenure Will Be Remembered For

When Janet Yellen leaves the Federal Reserve this weekend after four years as chair, her legacy will include having shattered a social barrier: She is the first woman to have led the world’s most powerful central bank, a position that carries enormous sway over the global economy. Yellen will be remembered, too, for her achievements in deftly guiding the Fed’s role in the U.S. economy’s slow recovery from a crushing financial crisis and recession. She… Read More »

11 Tips To Protect You From Identity Theft & Related Tax Fraud

Kelly Phillips Erb If the chatter is to be believed, identity theft tops the list of taxpayer concerns for 2018. And it’s not all in your head: an Identity Fraud Study, released by Javelin Strategy & Research, found that identity thieves stole $16 billion from 12.7 million U.S. consumers in 2014, a new victim every two seconds . Those statistics are scary but there is some good news to be found in the report: the… Read More »

IMF Revises Up Global Growth Forecast Helped by Trump Tax Cuts

Noah Barkin, Dmitry Zhdannikov The International Monetary Fund on Monday revised up its forecast for world economic growth in 2018 and 2019 saying that sweeping U.S. tax cuts were expected to boost investment in the world’s largest economy and help its main trading partners. In an update of its World Economic Outlook, the IMF however warned that U.S. growth would likely start weakening after 2022 as temporary spending incentives brought about by the tax cuts… Read More »