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January 30 , 2019 | Posted by Brad Schueler |

Market Returns are Rarely Average

After a historically calm stock market in 2017, volatility returned in 2018.  In helping clients build financial plans, we start by understanding their goals and objectives.  Putting this information together, along with your personal risk tolerance, helps us arrive at our recommended allocation to stocks and bonds.  Foundational in all of this planning are the…

January 30 , 2019 | Posted by Brian Stautberg |

Avoid Penalties by Abiding by the NQDC Tax Rules

Nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plans pay executives at some time in the future for services to be currently performed. If you participate in such a plan, or your business offers one as an employee benefit, it’s critical for everyone involved to abide by the applicable tax rules. Of course, in the hectic course of the…

December 18 , 2018 | Posted by Marc Wambaugh |

Why Should You Diversify?

As 2019 approaches, volatility has returned to the stock markets.  With that volatility comes a feeling of insecurity as investors watch their statement values go up and down.  During these times, the conventional wisdom is that diversification can help smooth out the ride.  However, US stocks have outperformed non-US stocks in recent years.

For the…

December 18 , 2018 | Posted by Mike Clark |

Importance of Life Insurance Reviews

Life Change Reviews

An extremely important component of owning a life insurance policy is periodically reviewing the coverage to make sure it is addressing your current needs.  All too often, people’s lives change while their life insurance coverage remains the same — periodic reviews will ensure that your coverage is meeting your current goals.

Some…

Act Now to Cut Your 2018 Tax Bill

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) created more than 100 new tax provisions — a staggering thought as you begin to prepare for the next filing season. The good news is that these and some of the surviving provisions create a wealth of year-end planning opportunities.

Choose the right approach to deductions

Many taxpayers…

How Auditors Assess Risk when Preparing Financial Statements

Every year, your audit firm will conduct a fresh risk assessment before the start of fieldwork. Why? Because your auditor wants to mitigate the risk of expressing an incorrect opinion regarding the accuracy and integrity of the company’s financial statements. Inadvertently signing off on financial statements that contain material misstatements can open a Pandora’s box…

September 13 , 2018 | Posted by Janie Evans |

Do You Still Need to Worry About the AMT?

There was talk of repealing the individual alternative minimum tax (AMT) as part of last year’s tax reform legislation. A repeal wasn’t included in the final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), but the TCJA will reduce the number of taxpayers subject to the AMT.

Now is a good time to familiarize…