Charitable Giving Outside the Box: More Than Just Dollars

Originally published in North Bay Business Journal A recent study by Indiana University in collaboration with Bank of America presented an optimistic finding that 90% of affluent households gave to charities in 2020, a number similar to previous years. Furthermore, these affluent donors (defined as households with a net worth of $1 million or more […]

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What’s a REIT? Owning Real Estate Without the Hassle

We are so excited to host Sam and Sarah Adams from Vert Asset Management as our guests for next week’s Sustainable Living Webinar! Vert Asset Management is a global sustainable real estate fund, and Sam and Sarah are passionate about environmental sustainability and the possibilities and promise of sustainable investing. Before we tackle the issue […]

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Financial First Aid: Preparing Now for Peace of Mind Later

Whether or not you suffered losses in the wildfires of the last few years, all of us have been deeply impacted by this tragedy. From housing evacuees, to donating time, money and goods — to raking through the ashes of one’s former home in search of anything to salvage — each of us has experienced […]

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Reverse Mortgages Can be a Retirement Tool — With Caution

You’ve saved. You’ve invested. You’ve worked hard. But somehow, you fear there won’t be quite enough income to live on comfortably when you retire. What else can you do? Though we would only recommend this option under very specific circumstances, a reverse mortgage is a planning tool that can enable you to borrow against your […]

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Estate Planning: the Best Gift to Leave Behind

A few years ago, the passing of the “Queen of Soul” arrived with some surprising news. With an estimated $80 million estate, Aretha Franklin died without a will or a trust. Her four sons have recently reached an agreement with the IRS over a $7.8 million tax debt, which should move them closer to receiving […]

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10 Financial Resolutions for 2021

January is always a month filled with hopeful new beginnings, and following the challenges of 2020, so many of us are searching for ways to start fresh this New Year. When it comes to your financial health, one of the best resolutions you can make is this: don’t make the same mistakes twice. Despite this age-old maxim, Wealth Advisors see many of the […]

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Charitable Giving During a Pandemic

In the span of weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic and an earlier than expected start to California’s fire season have impacted every aspect of our communities, including the nonprofit sector. Whether it is health-related, a safety net organization serving the vulnerable, or focused on the arts and education, many nonprofits are struggling. For the seasoned philanthropist […]

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Preparing for a Successful Retirement: Start Now

If you are within 20 years of retiring, now is the time to start planning so that you can make more informed decisions about your future and be financially and emotionally prepared for one of life’s biggest transitions. Though individual situations vary, these basic recommendations should be considered by anyone preparing for retirement. The sooner […]

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10 Basic Steps to Start Now for Retirement Planning

If you plan to retire in the next 20 years, now is the time to look at your options and start planning so that you can make more informed decisions about your future and meet your long-term goals. A professionally created retirement plan usually includes a review of your estate plan and portfolio investments, tax […]

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Taking the Plunge: the Financial Pros and Cons of Marriage

Originally published in the North Bay Business Journal Marriage is one of the most important life decisions anyone can make. The U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide has reminded everyone that they should also consider the financial advantages and disadvantages of the marital state. In general, the legal and financial perks of […]

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