I recently invited Rob Krohn of BlackRock Asset Management to come to Denver and provide a presentation on social security retirement benefits. He did an excellent job outlining the options and strategies that are available in order to maximize your social security benefit.
This is part 2 of a 2-part series.
One area of investing that is easy to overlook is the effect of taxes on a portfolio. Yet most investors can improve a portfolio’s bottom line by employing a few simple tax-efficient investment strategies.
Writing a Will is not as simple as it sounds. For most people, it requires important decisions on how to divide assets, who to select as an executor and beneficiaries, what to do about amounts owed by you and debts owed to you and how to adequately provide for children, among other considerations.
This past spring, I sponsored a Symposium on Philanthropy hosted by the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, held at the spectacular Garden of the Gods Club in Colorado Springs. One of the sessions focused on the health benefits of giving. As Jesse Antin of the Greater Good Science Center in Berkeley said, “We all know that philanthropy feels good, but as it turns out, it’s actually good for you.”
I recently invited foreign policy expert, Peter Brookes, to Denver to speak about flashpoints, hot spots and other challenges to international stability and security. Brookes, a Senior Fellow for National Security Affairs with The Heritage Foundation, provided an overview of the unsettled global geopolitical landscape. Among the greatest threats to international security outlined by Brookes are Iran, North Korea, Syria, China, and cyber-terrorism.
It is that time of year again – college and high-school kids are looking for practical, hands on work experience. Lured by the possibility of future “real” employment or at least a way to beef up the resume, these students are willing to work for free. According to a 2012 Time Magazine article, there are about 1.5 million internships in the U.S. each year, and it is estimated that up to one-third of them are unpaid.
The prolonged housing slump has convinced many Americans that real estate is a losing investment. But many segments of commercial real estate continue to thrive, and are easily accessible through real estate investment trusts (REITs).
As global financial markets exhibit considerable volatility, many investors are searching for assets that typically do not move in tandem with either equities or fixed income.1 Historically, precious metals have been influenced by a different set of value drivers, creating the potential for effective diversification.2 There are opportunities for suitable investors in gold, silver, platinum and palladium that may complement investments in equities, fixed income or other assets.
Oftentimes, when someone uses the word “intranet,” people think it might be a typo for “internet.” Although they’ve been around for years, intranet networks still haven’t gotten as much notice as they should. The term “intranet,” is used in contrast to the word “internet,” which means a network of connected organizations. An intranet, though, is a network used to communicate between members of a single organization.
As parents, we are usually the primary source of a financial education for our children. If we want our children to be happy, we need to teach them how to manage the money they will earn, both as young people doing chores, and later, as adults with careers and incomes. It is much harder for our children to create lives that help them achieve their goals and find their individual paths to success without a solid approach to managing finances.
While the real estate market in Colorado purportedly is showing signs of life, there still are thousands of homes in foreclosures and/or on the market for short sales. Although a short sale is surrounded by complexities and mystifies homeowners who are not familiar with the process, there is no question that short sales, although not for everyone, have some substantial advantages over allowing a home to go though the foreclosure process.
A Traditional IRA here, a rollover IRA there, four job changes (so far!) and three retirement plan account balances left in the plans of former employers…
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