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

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.

 

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 10:26

I'm excited to share that I've started a new podcast, Talking Stock with Lisa Brown. The first episide is Shocked by your 2018 Tax Bill?

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Wed, 05/22/2019 - 12:28

Our clients often ask “How much do I need to save this year to be on track for retirement?” Obviously, there are a lot of variables that go into answering that question: retirement spending, assumed rate of return, pensions and Social Security to name a few. But perhaps the most important variable is the one that’s priceless: time. People with the most time on their side are those most likely to achieve their retirement goals. Those who save early end up way ahead of their procrastinating peers.

 

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Mon, 05/13/2019 - 13:08

So, your taxes are either filed or extended. How did you fare with the new tax law? Much has been written about the impact of the new federal tax law on allowable itemized deductions. Between the increased standard deduction and major changes to popular areas such as state and local taxes (SALT) and miscellaneous itemized deductions, many taxpayers are finding limited options for reducing their taxable income.

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Fri, 05/10/2019 - 08:30

Are you considering leaving your job to be a stay-at-home parent? If you’re a little older, how about going back to school for a new degree or retiring earlier than your spouse?

Whatever the reason a working couple is considering going from two incomes to one, this decision can sometimes be overwhelming and even frightening. However, like many major events, anyone can sail through this transition with proper planning and be glad they made the change.

 

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Wed, 05/08/2019 - 11:28

As mentioned in Part 1, most business owners will leave substantial dollars on the table when they sell their business, and less than one-third of business owners will be able to successfully transition out of their business.

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Wed, 05/08/2019 - 11:26

If you’re a business owner, you’ve likely spent years, possibly decades, building your business. No doubt you’ve poured your heart, soul and much of your finances into making your business successful.  Unfortunately, if you’re like most business owners, you probably haven’t spent much time planning to capture the value you’ve created in your business. 

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Tue, 04/30/2019 - 14:14

I hate this cliché, but it kind of fits…Rome wasn’t built in a day. Your goals don’t have to be accomplished in day, or even a year. The important thing is to set goals, make progress and keep at it. Doing nothing will not produce results. As Mark Twain famously said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

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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!

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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...

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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.

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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:

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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.”

 
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