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Something Wicked This Way Comes: Your Relationship with Your Firm’s Bank Manager

Something Wicked This Way Comes: Your Relationship with Your Firm’s Bank Manager You are a small business owner and you’ve had a great relationship with your lender. In fact, your relationship manager is also a member at your country club. Everything has been great for years, business has been booming and there have been few […]


When Stocks Decline, Alternative Investments May Help (Part 2)

Diversification is Almost Always a Winning Strategy As noted in “When Stocks Decline, Alternative Investments May Help (Part 1),” the impact of asset allocation on volatility and returns has been widely debated, but a landmark study from the CFA Institute found that between 1974 and 1983, diversifying among a variety of asset classes – and […]


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When Stocks Decline, Alternative Investments May Help (Part 1)

With Bear Market Approaching, Diversification an Attractive Option Someday you may be asked: “Where were you on March 9, 2009?” For market historians, that day marked the bottom of the Great Recession: the S&P 500 had just sunk below 700 for the first time in 13 years. Goldman Sachs warned investors that the S&P could […]


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Long-Term Care Insurance: What People of All Ages Need to Know

Long-Term Care Insurance Protects You and Your Assets The biggest threat to one’s nest egg or the assets that he wishes to leave his loved ones is not necessarily a recession or tumbling stock market, but rather the debilitating march of time that could cause them to face the kind of chronic illness or disability […]


Thirteen Guidebooks for Building and Holding Wealth

Read These Books to Get Smart About Personal Finance and Investing

Thirteen Guidebooks for Building and Holding Wealth Hiring a professional to manage your investments is not akin to hiring a plumber, car mechanic, or even attorney. To hire any of these three professionals it is neither necessary nor likely that to first teach yourself about plumbing, car engines, or the law. Personal Finance & Investing, […]


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Your Wealth Is Entropic: Use It (Or Not), You Will Lose It

Like Life Itself, Your Wealth is Entropic The hard truth about life is that the moment we are born a process begins that leads to our death. While some days are better than others, our cells and our bodies are on a constant path of growth and decline that leads inevitably to, well, you know […]


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Guidelines to Improve Banking Relationships (What Does Edgar Allan Poe Have to Do With It?)

Good Character and Cash Flow Improve Banking Relationships Typically, there is significant triage to be done before determining if you can improve banking relationships. Most often, the problems come back to cash flow and misunderstanding what banks do. While Boards do not manage bank relationships directly, they are responsible for the firm’s capital structure, and […]


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Recognizing Tipping Points to Keep Family Wealth in the Family

Preserve Wealth by Recognizing Tipping Points Families that have worked extremely hard to build wealth find it even more difficult to preserve that wealth over time. Often, the concern is that a wealthy family could go from shirtsleeves to shirtless in three generations. The first generation creates the wealth. The second generation consumes the wealth and the third […]


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Smart Giving Gives Back: The Surprising Benefits of Organized Philanthropy

It’s not Selfish to Reap the Benefits of Organized Philanthropy Bringing family members together to invest philanthropically is a game changer, but organized giving can challenge even the strongest families. Yes, philanthropy is about generosity, but it can also feel like a time-consuming obligation. It can be messy and administratively intensive. And that’s all before […]


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Five Reasons Why Hiring a Corporate Trustee May Be the Right Move

Death and the Distribution of a Descendant’s Dough A trustee manages the assets, distributions and other obligations under a trust agreement. A corporate trustee is an entity, such as a bank-owned or independent trust company. There are many types of trusts. One of the more common is a testamentary trust. A testamentary trust is a […]


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