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.CONTINUE READING
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.CONTINUE READING
There was a time when people looked forward to retirement as a time for relaxation. But planning for the financial future is anything but relaxing for many people nearing retirement in the current economic climate. According to a 2016 PwC survey, just over half of Baby Boomers see their top financial concern as not being able to retire when they want to. That kind of uncertainty compounds the stress that many people often face with trying to save and invest enough money for retirement.CONTINUE READING
Have you taken steps to protect the assets you have worked so hard to build?
Chances are, you know someone who has been sued. Maybe that someone is you.
The fact is, your enviable position as a successful person comes with a major downside: You’re a potential magnet for lawsuits—which may very well be frivolous and unfounded—and other attacks that can wreak havoc on your financial health.CONTINUE READING
So, you’ve crafted a plan for how you want your wealth, possessions and other assets to be distributed after you die. But what happens to your digital assets—online bank and investment accounts, social media profiles like Facebook and LinkedIn, and access to shopping sites like Amazon and Ebay?CONTINUE READING
David has relinquished his writing privileges this month to me, his wife, Sandy. He’s nursing a little headache right now, bless his heart, for reasons that will soon become evident and having nothing to do with the stock market. Anyway, after years of generic autumn harvest articles, we thought we’d be a little more proactive this October. We decided to do a little ghost hunting.CONTINUE READING
Compromise is a key component in any happy marriage. It gets couples through the many roadblocks that life places in the path of a long-term, committed relationship. And while the ability to negotiate and reevaluate throughout the long haul goes a long way, even the strongest partnership can find itself buckling under the stress of retirement. The hopes and dreams of a what a life in retirement will look like can change over the course of a marriage. Couples who had previously expressed shared notions of what they want in their retirement may find themselves going in different directions when a life of work finally ends. Many couples who have had decades of marital bliss with little discord find themselves stressed and unhappy when retirement finally comes.CONTINUE READING
My wife Sandy and I sat huddled in the dark; the wind outside howled as if a freight train was going by. It was the fall of 1984, our first hurricane experience in Wilmington. Hurricane Diana raged outside for 2 days, it was the first major hurricane to hit the U.S. East Coast in nearly 20 years. Sandy and I made all the classic preparations: uselessly taping masking tape to all the windows and stocking up on water, batteries, bread, ice and—of course—beer. We had plenty of advance warning because, even 30+ years ago, there were satellites, radar, airplanes, weather buoys, and other means of assessing and informing us of a potential crisis.CONTINUE READING
As a parent and a financial advisor, it has always been important to instill the value of financial knowledge and to encourage other parents to teach their children to understand the fundamentals of good financial decision making.
Unfortunately, lessons in money management can fall by the wayside and by the time kids are starting to make their own money choices they do not have the tools to avoid costly mistakes.CONTINUE READING