The Retirement Transition

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Business Owners, Goals, Investments, Retirement | 0 comments

JOIN THE CLUB – Approximately 10,000 people in the U.S. turn 65 every day, so covering the planning for those retirement years is a major issue in this country. Unfortunately, there are many people who get laid off or become disabled before they choose to retire. Others retire without a direction for the next phase of their lives, and business owners wait too long to plan for the sale of their business. WHAT’S NEXT? Walking the dog, seeing the doctor once in a while, and going to the store are nice activities, but that will become boring really quickly. Here are some ideas...

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Fiduciary Rule Proposed by Dept. of Labor May Get Watered Down

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in Advice for Advisors, Economy, Investments, Retirement | 0 comments

The Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule is intended to protect owners of plans in IRAs and those that can be rolled over into an IRA. The purpose is to make sure that any recommendation is in the best interest of the investor, not the advisor. The hope is to regulate the greed of advisors who are only looking to make a high commission without concern to the long term impact on the consumer. This rule should weed out unscrupulous sales practices. It is supposed to start rolling out in April, 2017. That would be a very good thing for investors … if it were to happen as originally...

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The Value of a Closely Held Business

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Business Owners, Estate and Trust Planning, Goal Achievement, Goals, Retirement | 0 comments

Those who run their own businesses have known all along that the best investment they can make is in their businesses. The question is whether they or their family would get a fair return for that investment when it comes time to sell the business or if a “Heaven forbid” occurs. You’d want the value low for estate and gift tax purposes, but high for a sale. Which one should a business owner use? Do you need a certified appraisal, or will a market appraisal serve your purpose?   A Proper Valuation In most cases, there is no open market to determine the value. A proper valuation can...

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