The importance of women in financial planning feels like it should go without saying. And in our research for this article, we were happy to learn that we are trending in the right direction. Unfortunately, we’re not quite there yet as a society, since as of 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports only a third of financial advisors are women. Until that percentage is closer to 50%, we are happy to illustrate the many benefits of more women in the industry.
Equity Compensation for a Private (or “pre-IPO”) Company
Let’s talk about stock options that private companies offer and go through the pros and cons of each. You join a great company with an even better culture. They offer stock options component and might be wondering, “…what exactly are these Stock Options and Restricted Stock?” or “…what should I do with my pre-IPO RSUs?”.
What type of financial advisor is right for you? Questions you should ask.
Fee-Only financial advisors and firms receive no sales-related compensation or incentives. They are compensated only by the fee the client pays. Fee-Only financial advisors are most often compensated as a percentage of assets (AUM), though also may be paid hourly, as a retainer, or as a flat fee, depending upon the planner you choose.
The Rise of Direct Indexing
With fractional shares available at some custodians, improved software for tax efficient implementation, and competition driving prices lower, the perfect storm for direct indexing appears to be now.
What is Bond Duration and Why is it Important?
The higher the bond’s duration, the more its price will fall as interest rates rise. If interest rates are expected to fall during the time the bond is held, a longer duration bond would be appealing because its price would increase more than comparable bonds with shorter durations. As a general rule (with equal credit quality) the shorter the bond’s duration, the less volatile it will be.
A Thanksgiving Like No Other
While 2020 has been a tumultuous year for many of us, it has also provided a unique lens to view the things for which we’re thankful. As he battles the coronavirus himself, Jonathon Jordon, CFP®, pens his thoughts on an altogether different Thanksgiving.
Schwab & TD Ameritrade are Officially One Firm
We believe that the Schwab/TD Ameritrade combined company will offer one of the most complete offerings for our clients. Shortly after the announcement of the merger, Walkner Condon added the Schwab platform to our list of custodians.
When you consider your own preparedness, I would recommend focusing on these four areas of your financial situation.
Financial Planning for Special Needs Families
There can be many challenges for families with medically complex or special needs children: emotional, physical, and financial. Some considerations include increased medical and care costs, an inability to qualify for certain types of insurance or social programs, and planning for their life as an adult if they are unable to financially support themselves or live independently.
The Slow Pace of Fast Change in a Post-COVID World
One of my favorite (perhaps apochryphal) quotes comes from the French novelist Gustav Flaubert who, while surveying Paris during the Franco-Prussian War of 1871 declared, “After all of this, we will still be stupid.”