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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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Done right, virtual financial planning meetings can be just as productive (or even more so!) than in-person ones.

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With the U.S. election less than three months away, investors have begun bracing themselves for what is sure to be another vitriolic presidential campaign. Commentators across all media outlets are hyping this as a watershed event that will reshape the country for decades to come. 

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Lots of investors sold stocks during the downturn. How do they get back in the market now? Wealth advisor Lisa Brown offers some recommendations to consider.

For those experiencing a pay cut or loss of bonus during the pandemic, the financial goal is to weather the storm until it’s over and come out as unscathed as possible.  Patricia Sklar shares six tips to help you nav

The decision of whether to return to work and setting up an estate plan are two of the most important financial decisions a parent needs to make.

Last quarter was another difficult one as efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19 led to the partial closure of our economy. Many of the most financially vulnerable Americans were hit the hardest. Further complicating the situation was the escalation of racial tensions in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Despite these tragic events, investors have seen a significant rebound in their account values as unprecedented monetary and fiscal policies have seemingly stemmed fears that the current economic slowdown will be long lasting.

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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.

Lisa Brown ON Tue, 10/30/2018 - 11:59

As the U.S. equity market gets set to conclude its worst October performance since the financial crisis, it’s natural for people to wonder if their investments are well positioned. This is a typical reaction when prices swing sharply – such as the Dow rising and falling hundreds of points, often in the same day.

Patricia D. Sklar ON Wed, 10/24/2018 - 09:25

With Halloween on the horizon, I thought it might be time to talk about scary movies.  When I was a kid, I used to watch scary movies with my dad.  My dad likes to tell the story about how when we watched...

Patricia D. Sklar ON Wed, 09/26/2018 - 15:46

Every business has its jargon, and we financial professionals are no exception. But have no fear, I will help you understand what we’re saying. Here are a few terms you may want to know...

Charlie Jordan ON Fri, 09/21/2018 - 15:23

A blank calendar filled with nothing but free time can be every bit as stressful as a packed work week. Here are some ideas for creating a new retirement schedule that will keep you growing, learning, experiencing new things, and making meaningful connections with your community.

Patricia D. Sklar ON Wed, 08/15/2018 - 13:09

According to a recent report, Georgia lost its crown spot as #1 for feature films being made…well for 2017. But we only lost to Canada (an entire country), and we remained ahead of LA (well actually both LA’s: Hollywood and Louisiana).

Lisa Brown ON Thu, 06/28/2018 - 09:54

Running out of money in retirement is one of the biggest fears many people face. In this brief video, Brightworth's Lisa Brown offers five tips to help protect yourself from such risk and ensure peace of mind as your enter this new phase of life.