Posts Categorized as Wealth Preservation

Joe Bantz, CFP®, AIF®

Semper Paratus

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Semper Paratus. Always Ready. The motto of the United States Coast Guard makes an excellent guide for each of us financially, as well. Be ready – be prepared for any circumstance. Financially, this starts by building and maintaining an emergency fund –easily accessible funds set aside to meet unexpected expenses. I, like many of my clients, like to do this via...

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Joe Bantz, CFP®, AIF®

Devotion to Duty

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The United States Coast Guard is a branch of the military that is often overlooked by us Iowans. This is understandable, given our significant lack of coastline that requires guarding! But recently, I spent time on campus of the Coast Guard Academy, and discovered the rich heritage of this proud military force. Founded in 1790 by Alexander Hamilton and...

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Costs Matter

"You get what you pay for." is an old saying we all know.  Ironically, the reverse can hold true when it comes to investing.  Avoiding exorbitant fees and minimizing costs leave more dollars invested and growing.  Dimensional Fund Advisors shares the academic basis to this simple truth and highlights that high-priced investments are often the underperformers.  Stay diversified. ...

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By Phil Goldsmith of LWBJ

Employees separating from service with their employer may realize a tax benefit if they hold employer stock or securities within their company 401(k) plan. A little-known rule within the tax code allows the Net Unrealized Appreciation (NUA) within the employer stock to be distributed without being subject to immediate taxation. The rule allows an individual to convert what would otherwise be ordinary income upon...

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“I’ll Have What She’s Having!”  Not always the best idea when looking at Medicare options… This famous line, spoken by director Rob Reiner’s very own mother, Estelle, at Katz’s Deli in the romantic comedy, When Harry Met Sally, always makes me laugh.  When we are making big and small decisions, we often consult our friends.  Many times, we decide to take the path of least resistance by electing to make the...

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This year promises to bring change.  Some good, some bad.  What’s good and bad is simply a matter of one’s perspective.  The Affordable Care Act is one item high on the list of potential changes.  Those changes won’t come without much debate.  What that means to physicians in the form of regulation, requirements, hours, lifestyle, liability, and revenue stream is yet to be seen.  The ever-present threat of change really...

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For many years, Foster Group has approached asset allocation using an analysis we call our Lifeboat Drill.  Setting a proper mix of growth assets like stocks or real estate, and preservation assets like bonds, begins with understanding our clients’ future cash flow needs. – First, we explore the minimum return rate you must earn on your portfolio assets to meet all of your anticipated future cash flow needs.  Quantifying this return allows...

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The total return of the S&P 500 index over the past five calendar years (2011-2015) is +80.7%.  The 13 best trading days during those five years (i.e., 13 days out of 1,258 total trading days) produced a 55.1% gain.  Thus, 1% of the trading days were responsible for 68% of the index’s total return. * 20-plus years ago, Jerry and I used to record a cassette tape--yes, that’s right, a...

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