Seven Financial Best Practices to Jump-Start Your New Year

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Happy New Year! Now that 2017 is a wrap, one of the best presents you can bestow on yourself and your loved ones is the gift of proper preparation for the new year. Want to get a jump-start on it? Here are 7 financial best practices to energize your wealth management efforts.

  1. Save today for a better retirement tomorrow. Are you maxing out pre-tax contributions to your company retirement plan? Taking ...
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Personal Document Locator

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This Personal Document Locator is intended as a helpful tool to record the location of valuable papers, assets and other important items. It will assist your family in locating all of your relevant documents and disposing of your estate in the manner you directed. This form is not intended to replace any legal documents.

 

You may want to consider the following items as you develop your locator:

  • People to Notify – providing names and addresses of your family, advisors ...
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Are You Receiving Good Financial Advice?

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We need to rethink traditional financial advice – the kind that’s been delivered by those so-called “experts” focused on issuing buy/sell recommendations, executing transactions, selling annuities and collecting their commissions. If this is the type of financial advice that you are receiving you don’t need that and you probably never did. This most often received financial advice from a ...

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Is Yellen Moving on Up

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The U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed) has held the federal funds rate at nearly zero percent, seeking to bolster an ailing economy in the aftermath of the Great Recession since December 2008. Economists agree that the position is unusual, and highly unlikely to go on forever – drastic times called for drastic measures. Then again, they’ve been agreeing on that for seven years. Each year, the ...

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Family Fire Side Discussions

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 Cheerful Mufti Generation Family enjoying at home.

 

Whether it’s Thanksgiving, gathering for a family reunion, a birthday celebration, or simply being there for one another during difficult times, family traditions are the backbone that strengthens our most important relationships. Tobin Investment Planning LLC would like to invite you to begin a new and important family tradition: a family discussion about wealth ...

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5 Smart Year-End Tax Strategies

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If you manage tax planning through a holistic wealth management approach and look at a multi-year financial projection; it tends to uncover trends and opportunities to reduce your tax exposure. While the general rule in tax planning is to defer income and accelerate deductions, holistic planning will help you uncover additional opportunities for tax savings and enhance your overall financial plan.

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Financial TIPs on Shredding

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On a monthly basis we are often inundated with mail regarding our personal finances. Whether its credit card statements, bank statements, investment holdings or tax records before we know it our file cabinet is filled with paperwork. A question I am often asked is: How long should we retain all these statements? When it comes to personal document retention guidelines, there are some general rules that you ...

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Financial Tips on Tax-Efficient Investing- Part 1: Investment Manager Selection

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One of my favorite quotes was written by Supreme Court Justice Learned Hand: “Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the treasury… for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands”. With the October 15th “tax return filing deadline” upon us it is an ...

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Doing Due Diligence on Your Financial Advisor – Part III: Finding Right-Fitting Advice

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Two Men Holding an Old-Fashioned Key

 

In the previous two Financial TIPs in our series, “Doing Due Diligence on Your Financial Advisor,” we offered some ideas on how to check out an advisor’s background, and why we would suggest that the first hurdle to overcome when selecting an advisor is to ensure his or her advice is of the highest, fiduciary standard. ...

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Doing the Due Diligence on Your Financial Advisor – Part 1: How do You Know?

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It’s time to address a challenging subject: In selecting or retaining a financial advisor, how do you know if you’re making a wise choice?
It’s a challenging subject for us and one that we take very seriously as we develop and expand on our firm’s own best practices. We believe it is even more challenging for investors. First, ...

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