Financial Planning

What Women Shouldn’t Retire Without

A Practical Financial Checklist for the Future When our parents retired, living to 75 amounted to a nice long life, and Social Security was often supplemented by a pension. The Social Security Administration estimates that today’s average 65-year-old female will live to age 86.6. Given these projections, it appears that a retirement of 20 years

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Are Entertainment Expenses Still Deductible?

Yes, but only in certain contexts. You may have heard that the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act eliminated nearly all possibilities to write off business entertainment expenses. That is not quite true. You may be able to claim a deduction for such expenses today, but it depends on who you are entertaining. Regardless of who

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A Retirement Gender Gap

Why a middle-class woman may end up less ready to retire than a middle-class man. What is the retirement outlook for the average fifty-something working woman? As a generalization, less sunny than that of a man in her age group.

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Preparing to Sell Your Business

Do you have a strategy to follow? Have you created a company that someone will want to buy? Your children won’t necessarily want to take over your business, so an exit strategy is essential to getting the outcome you want. You must prepare your firm for the transition – and you must be prepared as

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Bag Lady Syndrome

You must avoid it. Think about tomorrow, not just today. No woman wants to end up a “bag lady” – impoverished, out of options, left to fend for herself on the streets. Only a tiny percentage of women from affluent households will experience this retirement nightmare, but that does not mean the risk should be

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The Risk of Being a Suddenly Single Woman

Contending with the possibility of widowhood… On average, women outlive their husbands. According to the Social Security Administration’s estimate, the average 65-year-old woman will outlive the average 65-year-old man by more than two years, dying at age 86½. Averages aside, it also estimates that about a quarter of today’s 65-year-olds will live into their nineties.

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Business Owners Need to Plan an Exit Strategy

70% of private business owners report that their business is their primary source of income; yet, only 20% of small businesses are successfully sold to an outside buyer. Over the next months, I plan to share some thoughts and disciplines around business plans for exit strategies, employee retention during ownership transition, selling your business to

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Exit Ready — Or Not?

Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. – Warren Buffett  Exit Planning is a process of controlling a retirement strategy. It’s about Reducing Risk, Preserving Wealth and Maximizing Value. 

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Being a Financial Caregiver to Parents

If you are the adult child of aging parents, you may find yourself in the position of someday having to assist them with handling their finances. Whether that time is in the near future or sometime further down the road, there are some steps you can take now to make the process a bit easier.

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