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Choosing the right advisor

As the saying goes, "When times are good, anyone can make money." In the tenth year of 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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Dave Polstra

Congratulations to Brightworth’s co-founder and partner, Dave Polstra, who received the Greater Good Award from Georgia Planned Giving Council for 2020/2021! Dave has worked for more than 20 years with his clients to develop giving strategies to charities across metro Atlanta.

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As your life changes, your financial plan may change too. And that’s OK.

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You may love your son-in-law or daughter-in-law now, but that could change down the road. So, if you don’t want your money going to your kid’s future ex, here’s what you should do.

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Lisa Brown is joined by wealth advisors Brett Covert and Patricia Sklar for a concise 30-minute presentation for working professionals who want to know if their 401(k) investment strategy is in good shape, including:

With the first quarter of 2021 behind us, the economy is in full-blown recovery mode.  According to the Wall Street Journal, real (after inflation) GDP forecasts are for 6% growth by the end of the year.  This would result in net growth of 2% over the past two years…during a pandemic!

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Interest rates have been on the rise lately causing many investors to become increasingly nervous that the upward trend may have much further to go. 

Bright Blog

Check out what Brightworth advisors and planners have to say about wisely managing your financial future.

 

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 16:55
We hope you and your families are staying healthy. As you have likely heard, The CARES Act was signed into law last Friday, and there are many provisions that pertain to business owners that we have summarized for you below. We also wanted to communicate a few key recommendations as the details on these programs unfold:
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Mon, 03/30/2020 - 16:13

Few of us had heard the phrase “social distancing” at the beginning of the year. But now, maintaining safe, hygienic spaces that help limit the spread of the coronavirus is part of our lives. I hope this is short-lived, but in the meantime, we should do everything we can to thrive during this time.

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Mon, 03/16/2020 - 12:08

As we all watch the latest news about the coronavirus, it’s easy to be scared about our physical and financial health. Some people may not leave their homes or allow children and grandchildren to play with others. Others, worried about a recession or financial meltdown, may be making major changes to their finances or investment accounts.

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Tue, 03/10/2020 - 12:16

Whether growing or floundering, every organization reflects the individuals and leadership of which it is made.  At the same time, from top to bottom, from vision to execution, each individual evolves and becomes what they strive for as they reach their individual goals. What that means is that the organization is experiencing and reflecting what the individual employees and leadership are experiencing, and vice-versa. Take the S Curve as an example.    

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Fri, 03/06/2020 - 08:39

One life event more than any other marks a turning point for how seriously families consider their finances: having a baby. New babies bring new life challenges, with financial repercussions that can stretch into retirement. In this brief video, Brightworth wealth advisor and veteran parent Tom Presley shares five tips for preparing for the financial challenges you’ll face in early parenthood.

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Tue, 03/03/2020 - 15:26

Bonus checks will begin arriving during the next few weeks for millions of corporate executives and managers countrywideWhile most people have anticipated this cash windfall, too many don’t have a clear plan on how to best save, invest and spend this money.

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Thu, 02/27/2020 - 14:09

The most common reason I hear people jumping ship to a shinier boat is for a “better opportunity.”  However, let’s unpack what a “better opportunity” truly looks like.

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Wed, 02/26/2020 - 13:58

“What is your unique ability?”   It’s an executive coaching question that gets asked a lot.  Questions like these are valuable because few of us take the time to ask and answer that question ourselves and leverage the answer

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Wed, 02/19/2020 - 16:15

 

Believe it or not, we are nearly two full months into 2020! How are those New Year's resolutions going? If you are like most of us, you have a goal of improving your health in some way this year. In case your motivation is waning, let me give you one more reason to focus today: your retirement years.

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Fri, 01/24/2020 - 09:38

As you turn the page to 2020, it is important to be mindful of changes to various savings limits set by the IRS and state tax authorities.

If you intend to maximize your savings to any one of the following accounts this year, be sure that you have verified with your HR department that you are on track to contribute the maximum amounts for 2020. 

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Wed, 01/08/2020 - 11:57

If you were busy shopping for that last-second Christmas present or just enjoying an egg nog with family, you may have missed that Congress recently passed an interesting bit of legislation. On December 19th, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act – you can't make that up – was attached to a year-end appropriations bill keeping the government open for business, signed into law by President Trump effective January 1, 2020.

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Mon, 12/09/2019 - 08:23

The seventh episode of Taking Stock with Lisa Brown is Getting Involved With Charity as a Working Executive.

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