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The Tricky Truth of Inheritance in the 21st Century

Inheritances are a complicated thing. Not only are there often strings attached in the eyes of the government, unexpected taxes, and complicated bequeathments, but there are also potential conflicts within families. And not to mention the fact that the potential windfall was the result of a relative's death. Inheritances are very complicated.

Women’s Experience in a Decidedly Male-Tailored Financial Landscape

By: Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

The recent and sudden passing of Kate Spade due to suicide has raised awareness about mental illness and the challenges women face in middle age. Based on my experience working with women of all ages, I know that the stress of life can lead to mental illness and long-term health problems if not addressed proactively. Although I’m not a mental health professional, I felt compelled to write an article about those challenges with an emphasis on ways in which we can help one another to find a greater peace, a space where we are heard and understood, and a place where we are empowered to take control of our financial and personal lives.  

Since the year 2000, suicide is up nearly 30% in the United States. For women between 45 and 64, however, the suicide rate increased by 60% and suicide has now become one of the top ten leading causes of death among middle-aged women.[i] While there are many opinions about why we are seeing this alarming trend, one theory that resonated with me was the amount of pressure women have on them from their jobs and families as well as maintaining an image of having it “all together”.

Advice For Freelancers Looking To Make The Most Of Their Time.

Stephen Fletcher, Associate Wealth Advisor of BlueSky Wealth Advisors, offers advice to those seeking to make the best financial decisions while freelancing in this Magnify Money™ article.

For years, Russell Wild was one of millions of Americans who didn’t know from where or when his next check was coming. The former freelance journalist says he’s very familiar with living with volatile income, some months raking in far more than he needed and other months scraping by while waiting for the next check to arrive. (full article)

Robo-Advisors vs. Human Advisors

 

Investors have a choice today that they did not have a decade ago. They can seek investing and retirement planning guidance from a human financial advisor or put their invested assets in the hands of a robo-advisor – a software program that maintains their portfolio.

 

Why would an investor want to leave all that decision making up to a computer? In this era of cybercrime and “flash crashes” on Wall Street, doesn’t that seem a little chancy?

How Millennials Balance College Debt & Retirement Savings

Submitted by Jared Bilodeau on March 30, 2016

Financial advisers switch firms. Who is making a move?

Financial advisers move from firm to firm for various reasons, sometimes to get a lucrative recruitment package.

Envestnet Acquires Finance Logix


Envestnet announced that it has acquired Finance Logix, a technology company that provides leading-edge financial planning and wealth management software solutions to banks, broker-dealers and RIA firms.

“Advisors we serve have been requesting a tightly-integrated platform where financial planning flows seamlessly into investment planning and ongoing management on a single platform,” said Jud Bergman, Chairman and CEO of Envestnet. “This acquisition allows us to deliver that capability and increase the breadth of our platform and the functionality gap between our platform and competing platforms.”

Finance Logix Announces Integration Agreement with Morningstar


Data integration between industry-leading advisor technology platforms to facilitate financial planning process.

Finance Logix, a leading provider of financial planning and client engagement solutions, today announced an agreement with Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, to integrate the Finance Logix platform and Morningstar OfficeSM. The Finance Logix platform is a customized end-to-end financial planning and client management solution and Morningstar Office is a research and practice management system for financial advisors.

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