Why it’s important to review workplace benefits in October

October 5, 2016 CNBC by Deborah Nason When it comes to updating benefit packages every October, “most people run for the hills,” said Mark Germain, certified financial planner and founder and CEO of Beacon Wealth Management. “They wait until the last minute and just check off the boxes. And they don’t always seek out advice, because they don’t understand the …

How to Find the Right Financial Adviser for You and Your Money

July 20, 2016 Kiplinger’s Personal Finance by Lisa Gerstner & Kimberly Lankford Financial advisers come in a confusing array of professional designations, with different fee structures and areas of expertise. Americans aren’t making the grade when it comes to managing their finances—or at least they don’t think they are. On average, U.S. households give themselves a C+ on their ability …

Advisors See New Fiduciary Rule as a Chance To Educate Clients

April 15, 2016 Investor’s Business Daily by Morey Stettner April 6, the Labor Department issued a regulation to raise the standard for investment advice to retirement savers. Brokers and other financial professionals who help investors with retirement accounts must now act in the best interest of their clients. For those financial advisors registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the …

The Best Way to Save and Invest for a Home

April 15, 2016 Money Magazine by Sarah Max Q: I want to save to buy a home in the next five to 10 years but don’t want to use a savings account since they pay so little. Where should I save? — Maria, New York City A: This is a dilemma, to be sure. With interest rates still so low, …

When Clients Get Divorced

June 12, 2015 Wall Street Journal   John Gugle was featured in an article that addresses how financial advisors handle the tricky situation of their clients going through divorce.  John is a principal and owner at Alpha Financial Advisors in Charlotte, N.C. *** You can find the original Wall Street Journal article at: http://www.wsj.com/articles/when-clients-get-divorced-1434116143

The Triple Tax Benefit of Health Savings Accounts

U.S. News & World Report By Kate Stalter   The tax advantages are appealing, but don’t overlook HSAs as a way to save for health care in retirement. Americans are generally aware of tax-advantaged investment vehicles such as 401(k) plans, individual retirement accounts and 529 college savings plans. But one instrument, the health savings account, isn’t as well known, although it …

Going Beyond Referrals to Win Clients

May 11, 2015 Wall Street Journal Ann Gugle of Alpha Financial Advisors was featured in an article that dealt with financial advisors finding new clients and the unique ways that advisors build their practices.  Ann has worked to build up clients among Americans working and living internationally.  Ann is a principal and owner at Alpha Financial Advisors in Charlotte, N.C. …

Create a Financial Roadmap for 2015

December 29, 2014 Hilton Head Monthly by Dean Rowland The holidays are over, 2014 is in our life’s memory bank, our eyes are open wide to the opportunities that lay ahead this year, and we can sleep easily at night knowing that all is good. Right? Probably, maybe, not sure? Sure, you have your New Year’s resolutions firmly in place and …

When Should I See a Financial Planner

October 23, 2014 Equifax Finance Blog By Michelle Stoffel Huffman How do you know if you’re ready for a financial planner? After all, it’s sort of a strange proposition: You’re spending money on someone who will tell you how to spend your money. But that’s exactly why millions of people see financial planners in the first place. “Typically, people who …

Bought a New Vacation Home? I’m So Sorry

August 13, 2014 Bloomberg By Ben Steverman Summer is a time to relax, kick back and make dumb financial decisions. That’s how financial advisers see it, when their clients get a hankering for a summer house after returning from an idyllic trip. Sales of vacation homes in the U.S. rose 30 percent last year to 717,000, the National Association of …