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As the saying goes, "When times are good, anyone can make money." In the tenth year if the bu;; market following the Great Recession, markets are at or near all-time highs, but recent volatility has some i nvestors uncertain on where the markets will go from here. Many are re-evaluating their relationship with their financial advisor to ensure that they are in good hands.

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When's the last time you updated your will? Could your beneficiaries have changed? If you have a trust, did you actually fund it? Is your plan ready for the new SECURE Act? Bud Boland addresses five mistakes you don't want to make. hashtag

Congratulations, you just got a nice bump in your paycheck. Lisa Brown shares ways you can enjoy some, and then make the rest really work for you.

Bonus checks will begin arriving during the next few weeks for many corporate executives and managers. Ryan Halpern discusses how to make a clear plan on how to best save, invest and spend this money.

The market was hot in 2019, but investors shouldn't count on a repeat performance going forward. Lisa Brown shares four smart moves to position yourself well in 2020.

Josh Monroe reminds us that it's time to set financially healthy goals for the year. You'll be glad you did.

The market is off to a good start this year. The Brightworth team is pleased to share our 2020 Investment Commentary videos. In these brief videos, Brightworth’s Chief Investment Officer, Don Wilson, and Director of Portfolio Management, Jeff Harrell, look ahead to some of the major topics for 2020:

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Josh Monroe ON Fri, 04/05/2019 - 12:21

What did your parents teach you about money growing up? Was money an open conversation in your family or a taboo topic? Regardless of their intentions, each of our parents taught us something about money. Here are some tips for how to purposefully teach your young children about money and make it fun!

Don Wilson ON Tue, 02/26/2019 - 11:51

It’s been 10 years since the last bear market, commonly defined as a sustained decline of 20 percent or more. We experienced a significant correction late last year, with stock dropping almost, but not quite 20 percent. Equity prices have since staged an impressive recovery so far this year. While we don’t know if the next bear market is right around the corner or a long time away, to successfully navigate the next one and keep their investment strategy intact, investors need to know three things...

The Brightworth Team ON Tue, 02/26/2019 - 11:33

Investors know stocks often stumble during economic recessions, so it’s no surprise we are frequently asked if a US recession is likely in 2019. The good news is that the economy is expected to continue to grow this year, making it the longest economic expansion in US history.

Michael R. DeWitt ON Tue, 02/26/2019 - 11:21

Despite the continuing buzz about slowing economic growth in 2019, most economists are not predicting a US recession this year. In fact, for long-term investors, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic. Here are six potential surprises that should give investors a respite from some of the dire predictions and help guide your investment decisions this year:

Charlie Jordan ON Thu, 02/14/2019 - 11:07

A very common statement I’ve heard from my clients over the years when discussing retirement goes something like this: “I don’t want to just stop working. I would go crazy.”

 
The Brightworth Team ON Tue, 01/29/2019 - 10:30

Last month, it appeared that Scrooge, the Grinch, and the Wet Bandits from the movie “Home Alone” were conniving to steal Christmas from investors.

Charlie Jordan ON Tue, 01/29/2019 - 09:34

Many of my clients nearing retirement talk a lot about life after work. But do you know what they often worry about most? Not just money – but how to wisely use their time, talent, influence, AND money in their retirement years.

Lisa Brown ON Thu, 12/27/2018 - 00:00

Celebrating New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are always a lot of fun.  On New Year’s Eve, my husband and I celebrate with our young children by ringing in the New Year with friends who also “risk” trying to see if their little ones can make it to midnight as well!  Sometimes we make it to midnight, sometimes we depart by 9pm as someone is melting down.

Annika Cushnie ON Mon, 12/17/2018 - 14:25

A financial strategy that is easy to manage is so important to help busy attorneys pay taxes, save for retirement and other goals, and have the cash flow needed for living expenses. Here are five fundamental steps any attorney should consider right now.

Dave Polstra ON Mon, 12/10/2018 - 08:59

One of my favorite clients passed away this year at age 94.  Captured by the German Army during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, his war stories were spellbinding.  And after traveling to Germany as an executive at The Coca-Cola Company for more than 40 years, he actually met the soldier who apprehended him.

Ryan Halpern ON Tue, 11/27/2018 - 14:58

As 2019 open enrollment gets underway, I want to recommend that people strongly consider electing a high deductible health plan (HDHP) that is coupled with a Health Savings Account (HSA).  HSAs have significant tax benefits and are an excellent way to sock away money now for medical expenses in retirement.

Charlie Jordan ON Thu, 11/15/2018 - 10:26

As the end of 2018 draws near, many Brightworth clients will begin considering giving money to their favorite charities and nonprofit organizations.  But recent changes to the federal tax laws have the potential to dramatically alter those plans. So, I wanted to lay out a potential strategy now for people to consider implementing before December 31.