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Most people know that they should have a will, but why? When should you have your first will drafted? What is the difference between a will and a trust? How do I make sure that my children will be taken care of in the event of a family tragedy? What is probate and how does it work? I will give direct, understandable answers to these questions and any others you might have about the world of estate planning. MORE >Attendees will leave this talk knowing all the basics of the estate planning process, how to go about finding a qualified attorney, what is involved on their part and how much the process should cost them. It's the perfect one-stop primer to learn about wills, trusts, guardianship, powers of attorney and other sometimes intimidating but universally important topics.
Over the past 35 years, the 401(k)/403(b) have replaced the traditional pension plans as the main source of retirement income for the populace. Unfortunately, due to the greed of Wall Street, Insurance Companies, Mutual Fund Purveyors and Investment Advisors; the paycheck by paycheck contributions made by the workers have been "Eaten Up" by excessive fees. MORE >For example, you have your 401(k) with an insurance company and quietly, every day that vendor is nipping at your account for close to 2.5% annually in fees. Thus, your S&P 500 Index fund returns 4% instead of 6.5% and that goes on year after year. The participant has no clue and the plan sponsor is not paying attention. New ERISA fee disclosure rules enacted in 2012 (408(b)2/404(a)5) were supposed to have solve this problem. Alas, the providers have made sure that figuring out your plan's cost is about as easy as learning a new foreign language (My apologies to Roseatta Stone!).
After my presentation, you will know what they are, how they are hidden,and how to remedy the situation.
Are you a woman who is contemplating divorce? Going through a divorce? Finishing up a divorce? Post divorce? There are many general financial rules of what to do before, during, and after a divorce. I will provide you the exact steps one by one of each stage in great detail. Make sure you know what is going on. It can affect you for the rest of your happy life. MORE >
This presentation covers the basic concepts of building a financial plan and includes information on: finding your power players, gathering your power pieces, putting all the power pieces together to develop your financial plan, celebrating success and staying on track.
As reverse mortgages grow in popularity, so have the misconceptions or myths about these unique loans. This presentation will review these myths, discuss the facts and go over the benefits a Reverse can have in keeping people financially secure through retirement.
Are you feeling financially depleted? Emotionally depleted? Or just depleted in life? Let me help you create a system so that your foundation is on solid roots where you will not crumble. Let's create this foundation for the leadership and mastery of your financial needs. This is a workshop to explore all of your personal financial questions and needs to learn and develop a personal relationship with your money. Together, we will move along in your life and create your true destiny and desires. MORE >
Your Prosperity Picture – A Five Step Program to: Manage your Money, Design Your Life, Create Your Future
Women are often conflicted about money. On one hand, they're more financially powerful than they ever have been, according to the Federal Reserve, controlling 51% of all wealth in the United States.1 On the other hand, 60% of them describe their investing and planning skills as "below average."2 MORE >"Your Prosperity Picture" seeks to help financial advisors build assets by bridging that divide with an entertaining, interactive, and inspirational approach rarely seen in the industry. Attendees are introduced to the key steps to creating prosperity, participate in five interactive discussions, and work with a unique hands-on visualization tool to help them connect their money with their lives. They leave armed with tools to potentially see personal financial management as a powerful means to a desirable end, see themselves as worthy, capable managers, and see their financial advisor as a valuable partner in helping them get there.
1. Financial Advisor magazine, "Financial Advisors Need to Focus More on Female Clients," by Mike Byrnes, December 2012. Used with permission.
2. Real Simple magazine "Women and Money," by Geraldine Sealey, September, 2012.
ERISA qualified retirement plans (i.e. Profit Sharing/401(k)/Cash Balance-Defined Benefit) are really the only "IRS Blessed" tax shelters still available to the common person. The Alternative Minimum Tax has taken away most deductions except for mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and charitable deductions. MORE >A business owner, law partner, or medical professional can "shelter" an extraordinary amount of taxable income by funding an ERISA approved plan for their business entity. Of course, if one has employees, they must receive a certain level of contribution. Thus, it is always a questions of does the benefit to the owner(s) outweigh the costs to the "rank and file."
This presentation can be done in one hour or it can be presented as a half day workshop. It is intended for a female audience and is an interactive program providing: MORE >• Insight regarding what your BIG life goals are and how to write SMART financial goals.
• Knowledge of how to develop your own Spending Plan (budget) and how to stick to it!
• An awareness of where your money goes every month and how to “pay yourself first.”
• An understanding of the best way to invest your long term money based on your risk tolerance.
Learn the trends of the stock market during major events in history. Find out how to benefit from a long-term perspective and how to become a winning investor.