Market Highlights – February 22, 2016

With the markets being closed for President’s Day, investors did not seem as concerned with the economy. Equity markets rallied strongly last week as some glimmers of hope emerged. Developed equity markets were up around the world with Japanese stocks as the top performer. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 had their… Read more »

Something our Kids Don’t Learn in School – How to Secure their Finances

Proud moms and dads across the country spend millions of dollars every year on their children’s education, beginning with private grade schools and continuing to Ivy League graduate programs. One would think that with the amount of money Americans spend on education that Personal Finance, one of the most important areas of life, would be… Read more »

Estate Planning is Ever-Changing

Amy Vos – Case Coordination and Support Estate planning is changing as tax laws are changing. Factors that impact the decision to use a lifetime gift or include as an asset in an estate during estate planning decisions include: (1) Asset basis (2) Appreciation/ Growth Potential (3) State Taxes Below is further detail on how… Read more »

The Latest on Retirement

Lindsey M. Bessy, ALMI, CLTC, MBA, CLU, CASL – Financial Advisor The idea of retiring at age 65 might be a trend of the past according to recent surveys such as Northwestern Mutual’s “2015 Planning & Progress Study”. Actually, 62% of adults are anticipating working beyond the age of 65 as a matter of necessity…. Read more »

Estate Planning is Changing as a Result of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

Sataya Froemming- Client Service for Estate Markets With the enactment of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, balancing income and estate tax planning has become a focus of clients wanting to minimize overall tax exposure. Due to the flexibility that life insurance can present, it offers important aspects that shouldn’t be overlooked when creating… Read more »

Proposed Tax Reforms Affect High Net Worth Individuals

Amy Vos- Case Coordinator The Obama Administration unveiled proposed updates for the 2016 Fiscal Year Budget aimed at tax savings for the middle class. However, with that comes higher taxes for high net worth individuals, whose current estate plans would no longer be adequate to cover the increases in taxes under circumstances that were previously… Read more »

Permanent Life Insurance: Policy Loans Provide a Living Benefit

Dylan Habeeb- Products and Case Design The words “life insurance” are generally associated with funds available at death. While this is true, there are also benefits to permanent life insurance that can be taken advantage of during one’s life, such as utilizing policy loans. A policy loan works by borrowing money from the insurance company… Read more »

Trust-Owned Life Insurance (TOLI)- To Have and to Manage

Trust-Owned Life Insurance (TOLI)- To Have and to Manage Patrick J. Marget, JD, CPA, CFP, CLU- Managing Director Facts: 25% of non-guaranteed TOLI will lapse during the insured’s lifetime, even with current scheduled premiums being paid. More than 70% of TOLI policies have no servicing agent. 83.5% of trustees have no policies or protocols in… Read more »

Avoiding Inadvertent Taxable Gifts: Crummey Powers and ILIT Trustee Responsibilities

Avoiding Inadvertent Taxable Gifts: Crummey Powers and ILIT Trustee Responsibilities Lindsey M. Bessy, ALMI, CLTC, MBA, CLU, CASL- Financial Representative Many individuals follow an annual gifting strategy that involves making gifts to trusts, including Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts (ILITs), and rely on beneficiary withdrawal powers to avoid taxable gifts by qualifying the transfers as annual… Read more »