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Posts by ashea

Finding Beauty in Change: A Lesson from Lao Tzu

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. –Lao Tzu

Life, whether we realize it or not, is a series of transitions. We were born and had to learn to crawl and walk, to talk and read. We grow up, passing through school onto careers and relationships. For some, we raise children. As we grow older and head toward retirement all this change and dramatic transition, can start to feel harder. Experiencing a loss, leaving a job, downsizing, adjusting to changing health, children growing up, the end of a marriage. These major life transitions, some of which we cannot control, are challenging for even the heartiest of people. We try to create order in our lives and we try to plan, but there are some things you just can’t anticipate.

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4 Steps to Manifesting Your Future

Do you ever make lists of all of the things you intend to do but haven’t quite gotten around to? Get back to the gym, go on that trip, start seriously saving for retirement. Whatever it is, it seems that after a few weeks, the list goes back into storage, only to be carted out and dusted off the next time you feel ambitious about getting back to your intentions.

Wanting change and enacting change are two different things. We know we want to lose weight, but the process of changing our lifestyle, modifying our diet and making room in a busy schedule for exercise can seem daunting. Humans are complicated that way. The benefits of completing the goal are not enough incentive to stick to it. We know we need to save for retirement, we know we should be managing our finances, investing and working toward our long-term goals. But, like the grasshopper and the ant, it can be hard to focus on the future when there is so much in the present that grabs our attention. This is called “present bias” and it causes us to spend at the moment instead of stashing more funds away for the future. [i] But when 51% of affluent investors, those who have investable assets over $500,000, fear being financially insecure in retirement and only 56% of American households even have a 401K, it’s definitely something we should be striving toward and discussing.[ii]  So, in this article, let’s explore how to get from creating an intention to actually accomplishing it.

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North Carolina Residents may Benefit from Disaster Relief Tax Breaks

The storm has ended, the floodwaters have receded, and now you are left to clean up the mess that Hurricane Florence left in its wake. Hurricane Florence was the wettest tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Carolinas. Both North and South Carolina were declared federal disaster areas by the president. 53 people died. The storm surge and later flooding caused massive evacuations, power losses, and property damage estimated currently at over $44 billion dollars. A destructive storm of this nature can leave the survivors feeling lost as they attempt to recover.

Where You Live

As residents salvage their homes, start itemizing and begin the hard journey of rebuilding, one reprieve will come from the IRS. Individuals residing in Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnson, Lee, Lenoir, Jones, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne and Wilson counties may qualify for tax relief.

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The Road to Longevity: Living to 120—and Beyond?

Medical technology can now identify risk factors in the human body long before they impact your health

A medical revolution is underway—one that’s making it possible for us to extend our lives for decades by stopping now-fatal diseases before they can take hold of our bodies. In the coming years, we’ll not only be able to live longer, but also have fuller lives characterized by enduring physical mobility and mental sharpness.

Here’s a closer look at the personal longevity revolution—and what it could mean to you and your family as you seek to live your best life.

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July / August 2018 – Retirement Strategies Newsletter

Inside This Issue:

    Notes on Our Southern Culture
    The Bookshelf
    Gazpacho in 10 Minutes or Less
    A Little Laugh
    Flat David

Notes on Our Southern Culture

by David Shucavage

Recently, while walking our dog Dogma near Wilmington’s Riverfront Park, I read a plaque about Lippitt’s Ice House. It piqued my interest enough to do some research into the history of ice houses, only to discover that their history is entwined with that staple of southern culture – sweet ice tea. Of course, if you come from the north, you have probably discovered that stating “sweet” and “ice” is unnecessary in any restaurant order; “tea” says it all. It’s when you want an unsweetened or hot tea that you need to be explicit. Anyway…

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The Road Less Traveled: Taking Steps Toward Your Ideal Retirement

Have you given a great deal of thought about your “bucket list” recently? For most people, a bucket list consists of things we have always wanted to do and many of those things involve taking risks or traveling far away from home or exploring some other type of great unknown. I read an article recently in Financial Advisor Magazine that discussed regrets that people had as they aged. The article said, “Among the top regrets were: not following their dreams, not taking risks with their careers, not taking risks with their lives in general, and not being gutsy enough in the choices they made.”

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Emotional Investing and Consequences of Behavioral Biases

Distraction from the media, uncertainty or volatility in the markets, or pressure to buy and sell from friends, colleagues, financial “gurus” and other less than reliable sources for investment advice can directly challenge an investor’s ability to make consistent, rational and logical investment decisions. The barrage of information coupled with some inherent behavioral biases can make long-term investing a challenge for most people.

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Want to Promote Family Entrepreneurship? Consider a Family Bank

With that in mind, the Super Rich are embracing ways to develop the business acumen of inheritor family
members—as well as ways to support them in forming new ventures of their own.
One way the Super Rich are making that happen is through family banks. And increasingly, families that
aren’t as wealthy as the Super Rich are using these banks as well.

With that in mind, the Super Rich are embracing ways to develop the business acumen of inheritor family
members—as well as ways to support them in forming new ventures of their own.

One way the Super Rich are making that happen is through family banks. And increasingly, families that
aren’t as wealthy as the Super Rich are using these banks as well.

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How to Stress Test Your Financial Plan Like the Super Rich

The Super Rich (those with a net worth of $500 million or more) who have family offices typically engage a sizable lineup of professional advisors to help them create and implement financial plans. To help ensure those plans are both state-of-the-art as well as in line with their needs and wants, many of them regularly “stress test” these plans.

Here’s why you should join them in that effort—even if you’re not nearly as wealthy.

Asking “What if?”

Stress testing financial plans can be a very smart way to help make certain that the plan will deliver as promised. The fact is financial plans that might look great on paper all too often prove to be much less impactful once they are implemented. It is not uncommon for there to be unintended consequences that can even derail one’s agenda.

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Three ‘Spy Secrets’ That Can Protect You, Your Family and Your Business

Imagine yourself in a vintage tuxedo, sipping a “shaken, not stirred” martini as you make eye contact across the bar with a beautiful secret agent who is about to covertly hand you a dossier with information that will help prevent World War III.

Okay—that’s almost certainly never going to happen to you. But you can use some of the same strategies employed by professional spies and operatives to prevent criminals from harming you, your family and your company.

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