Tag Archives: Trust and Wealth Management

Aaron Schaefer

Jun 24 2016

Brexit’s (British-Exit) Meaning for the Economy and Market


Brexit Meaning to the Economy and Market

On June 23, 2016 citizens of the United Kingdom voted on a referendum to leave the European Union (EU). The result came as a surprise to many economists and market analysts. The uncertainty caused by this vote sent shock waves …
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Jeff Ritchie

Jun 22 2016

5 Estate Planning Documents You Should Consider


5 Estate Planning Documents You Need

There are a number of important legal documents you should consider when developing your Estate Plan.

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Vincent Gaffney

Jun 08 2016

Why Your Estate Plan Should Include Provisions For Digital Assets


Estate Planning Digital Assets

What happens to your Facebook, iCloud, PayPalTM, Instagram, Gmail, or online financial statements after your death? These are known as digital assets, and the answer can be very complicated and worth considering in your Estate Plan.

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Dale Farland

May 16 2016

Fiduciary Ruling and Your Retirement


Fiduciary Ruling Retirement Planning

Recently, there has been extensive media coverage regarding the new Department of Labor (DOL) Fiduciary ruling pertaining to retirement accounts. The impetus behind this ruling is to protect investors. For many Americans, retirement savings are their largest investment, and the …
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Jeff Ritchie

May 02 2016

4 Beneficiary Designation Questions for Your Estate Plan


beneficiary designation estate planning

Beneficiary designations can be an important component of an estate plan.  Some common assets allowing beneficiary designations include: life insurance contracts, retirement plans (IRA, 401(k), etc.) and financial accounts (checking, savings, brokerage, money market, etc.).  POD (payable on death) or …
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Aaron Schaefer

Apr 04 2016

The Economy and Market from Here… at Hills April 2016


Economy and Market Here at Hills

Global stock markets experienced one of the worst starts to a year ever.  Worries about slowing global economic growth precipitated by continued weakness in commodities was the main culprit.  All equities were affected as traders predicted a recession in the …
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Mark Ahlers

Mar 23 2016

Financial Planning: How Much Will I Need to Save?—Part 3 of 3


Financial Planning for Retirement.

This is the final in a 3-part series on financial planning and social security. Experts suggest that you will need 75-85% of your pre-retirement income to maintain your lifestyle throughout retirement. What changes in retirement can you make to allow for …
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Mark Ahlers

Mar 16 2016

Financial Planning: How Much Can I Spend?—Part 2 of 3


Financial Planning for Retirement.

This is the second in a 3-part series on financial planning and social security. Once the “income gap” has been determined, the next step is to determine if your accumulated or projected assets are adequate to fill this gap. The goal …
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Mark Ahlers

Mar 09 2016

Financial Planning: Social Security and the Income Gap—Part 1 of 3


Financial Planning for Retirement.

This is the first in a 3-part series on financial planning and social security. When the Social Security retirement income system was created in the 1930s, it was designed to provide a partial retirement income supplement. Today, the average Social …
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Aaron Schaefer

Jan 15 2016

Riding Out the Storm


The Economy and Market from Here...at Hills.

Markets correct. It happens all the time. Corrections of 10% happen on average once per year. The most recent 10% correction occurred due to fears surrounding slowing growth in China, falling prices for oil and other commodities, and concerns over …
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