Living Trusts: Understanding the Basics and Key Considerations
Estate management can be a complex and daunting task for many people, but it’s a critical step in helping your assets get managed and distributed according to your wishes.One popular tool that can be used in estate strategies is...Read More
Trying to Time a Recession?
Economies move in cycles – always have, always willThe Federal Reserve has been steadily increasing interest rates in an attempt to slow the rate of inflation. Its efforts are yielding some results, although inflation remains...Read More
What Factors Have the Greatest Impact on Your Credit Score?
Fun fact: You probably have dozens of credit scores out there, and each one might be a different number.You’re probably familiar with a credit score, why it’s essential, and what it’s used for, but do you know how...Read More
Important Financial Considerations to Make When Remarrying Later in Life
Discussing personal finances is important for any couple preparing for marriage. However, this topic can be more complicated for those who remarry later in life.If you’re remarrying later in life, one of your goals should be to...Read More
Top Considerations to Help Adult Children Be Better Prepared As You Age
4/12/23 As we get older, it’s important that our adult children are prepared to manage any aging-related situations that may arise. This includes everything from having to make medical and financial decisions to determining...Read More
Tips for Raising Financially Literate Children
Every parent wants the best for their children and strives to prepare them to lead a happy, healthy, and successful life. But, despite understanding the importance of financial responsibility, only 28 percent of parents speak to their...Read More
Transitioning to Medicare from Private Health Insurance Plans
Transitioning from Private Health Insurance Plans to MedicareAs you approach retirement age, you may be anticipating transitioning from your private insurance to Medicare, which is a federal health insurance program that provides...Read More
Where to Put Excess Cash
According to the Investment Company Institute, near the end of 2022, there was more than $4.7 trillion in cash sitting in U.S. money market funds.1,2While cash can play a role in a diversified portfolio, historically, cash has not kept...Read More
Technology Guide for Seniors
By 2040, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that 80 million people in the U.S. will be age 65 or older.1 Most of these senior adults will either want to—or need to—"age in place," living in their homes securely, independently...Read More
What Is the Sequence-of-Return Risk and How Can Retirees Mitigate Its Effects?
With the possibility of a recession looming, it's natural for those nearing or in retirement to have concerns over their long-term strategies. After decades of accumulating a portfolio, the last thing retirees want is for a market...Read More
Lifetime Estate & Gift Tax Exemption Updates for 2023
In October 2022, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced tax changes for 2023 — changes primarily driven, in part, by the current inflationary environment. For affluent couples or individuals interested in transferring...Read More
The Challenge of Raising Non-Materialistic Kids
In today’s social media-obsessed world full of popular “influencers” targeting teens, pre-teens, and even younger groups, instilling values in your children and grandchildren about what really matters in life is more...Read More
Contribution Limit Increases for 2023: Just What We Wanted to Hear
In late October, the IRS announced that it is increasing contribution limits to retirement savings accounts in 2023. The changes, like many you are seeing, are a direct result of months of high inflation and financial uncertainty, some...Read More
Year-End Financial Strategies
The year is almost over, and it has certainly been a bumpy one for the financial markets and our economy. As financial professionals, we work with families to design investment strategies that help them pursue their goals for education...Read More
Charitable Giving Strategies for 2022
Key points:Over the past five years, affluent Americans increased their donations to charity by 48%.1Understand various strategies to help you maximize the impact of your charitable donations and your income tax savings.To qualify for...Read More
The Trials and Tribulations of Homebuying in 2022
Key points:Mortgage rates are influenced by the Fed’s rate hikes.A sharp rise in mortgage rates reduces the buying power of homebuyers.Although home prices have trended higher, home sales have trended lower.6Whether you’re...Read More
How Does the Inflation Reduction Act Impact Healthcare? A Guide During Open Enrollment Season
Key points:One of the biggest components of the Inflation Reduction Act is the changes to healthcare costs and coverage.The Inflation Reduction Act requires all pharmaceutical companies to rebate Medicare participants for the...Read More
The Pros & Cons of ESG Investing
If you haven’t heard much about ESG investing, you will. ESG has gone from a niche investment philosophy to a mainstream investment tenant. At the same time, it has gained the attention of corporations, politicians, regulators,...Read More
It's Cybersecurity Awareness Month: 7 Steps to Protect Yourself
Over 50% of consumers have fallen victim to a cybercrime, with a third of those attacks taking place in the past year alone. So there are 263 million American consumers. 131.5 million have been hit by cybercrime, with 44 million...Read More
Will Your Social Security Check Be Taxed?
Most people are used to having a percentage of their paycheck withheld for Social Security. The withholding rate in 2022 stands at 6.2% for individuals and another 6.2% for their employers, for a total of 12.4% per person.1 But...Read More
Truths About Life Insurance That Will Inspire You to Get Coverage
Several factors will affect the cost and availability of life insurance, including age, health, and the type and amount of insurance purchased. Life insurance policies have expenses, including mortality and other charges. If a policy...Read More
WHY ARE THE MARKETS RALLYING WHEN THE ECONOMY IS TERRIBLE?
Over the past few weeks, markets have started to experience a bit of a rally in spite of such dire economic conditions. As parts of the U.S. begin a somewhat cautious and measured approach in order to restart the economy and attempt to...Read More
PADILLA WEALTH MANAGEMENT CAN HELP YOU SIMPLIFY YOUR 401(K) ALLOCATION DURING THESE TURBULENT TIMES
Padilla Wealth Management is excited to introduce their Plan Confidence™ program to offer guidance and advice specific to the list of investment options within an employee’s employer-sponsored plan. As a participant in the...Read More
UPDATE – CORONAVIRUS AND OIL PRICES
Today, Monday, March 9, 2020, U.S. plunged more than 7% at the open, triggering a trading halt for 15 minutes in a move designed to limit panic. This morning’s selloff was triggered over the weekend by a free fall in oil prices...Read More
WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH CORONAVIRUS?
WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO NOW THAT CORONAVIRUS SEEMS TO BE EVERYWHERE?Today, Monday, February 24, 2020, markets experienced huge losses as recent news of the Wuhan coronavirus spreading globally now appear to be...Read More
NATHAN RAMOS AWARDED CFA DESIGNATION
It is our firm’s great pleasure to announce that our in-house Senior Portfolio Manager, Nathan Ramos, has successfully completed the CFA program and has earned the right to use the CFA designation. The Chartered Financial Analyst...Read More
2019 GLOBAL ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN – TALK OF RECESSION?
Over the past three weeks we have seen a slight increase in volatility in the markets and that has caused some clients to wonder what is going on in the markets. We wanted to provide you with an update on the global economic slowdown...Read More