Capital Insights

Are you actually in good hands? Risk and umbrella liability insurance

People often think that their car insurance and/or the liability insurance policy on their home will protect them from personal liability or if they get really hurt. The thing is, these policies can provide protection, but may not provide enough protection. Most of my clients do not have sufficient insurance. Are you one of them? As a personal injury attorney, I look at hundreds of policies every year for my clients and the people who injured them.

Building Back Better: New Administration Bets Big on the Economy

President Joe Biden formally announced his COVID-19 stimulus plan on January 14, 2021, and on March 11, 2021, it was signed into law, making it the first major milestone this administration has delivered in line with its’ campaign promises. With a $1.9 trillion relief package, this bill reaches far beyond the pandemic response of the past year and gives us a picture of what the new administration has planned for the economy.

Financial Spring Cleaning

Are you a hoarder?  Did you just put that Pepco bill away last month and see that the one all the way in the back was from 1992?  Spring is right around the corner.  It’s the time of year when we seem to find extra time to clean our houses. Sure, the carpets need cleaning, and the sun needs to shine through clear windows, but what how about those bank statements and tax documents that we’ve been storing for the last 20 years?  Perhaps it’s the time to tackle those, unclutter the drawers and recycle some paper, too!  

To buy or not to buy: Is that the question?

We’re all quite familiar with the idea of the American Dream at this point. The house, the white picket fence, a dog on the porch, and 2.5 kids playing in the yard. While this may sound archaic to some, it’s still a deeply held wish for others. So, how does one go about answering the central housing question: should I rent or buy? The answer (as with many big questions) is, it depends.

Are You Better Off with a Roth?

While you might already be invested in an employer-sponsored plan like a 401(k), an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) allows you to save for your retirement on the side, and potentially save on taxes. However, there are two different types of IRAs: traditional and Roth that each have different rules and benefits.

ESG and SRI Investing: 2020’s Silver Lining?

As the dust settles on a year that was like no other, we can now look back at 2020 and see where we stand today. Although the pandemic highlighted a rather terrible year overall, it wasn’t bad for investing and, relatively speaking, it was another good year for socially responsible investments (SRI). Looking at equity investments specifically, three out of four sustainable equity funds beat their Morningstar Category average in 2020, and far more sustainable funds finished the year with performance that ranked in the top quartile (42%) than in the bottom quartile (6%).

Is a donor-advised fund (DAF) right for you?

A donor-advised fund (DAF) is like a charitable investment account with the sole purpose of supporting organizations you care about. When you contribute cash, securities, or other assets to a DAF, you are generally eligible to take an immediate tax deduction. Those funds can then be invested for tax-free growth and you can recommend grants to virtually any IRS-qualified public charity.

2021 Post Election Outlook: Cautious Optimism

With the uncertainty of an election year nearly behind us, and COVID-19 vaccines heading for production, the stock market has notched new record highs that may signal an economic recovery on the way. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 30,000 points for the first time at the end of November – an encouraging sign of investor confidence for the future. Even more remarkable is the growth in the DJIA since its low of just under 18,600 during the worst of the early pandemic decline.

Do You Really Need an Estate Plan?

As financial planners, one of the most difficult tasks we have is persuading people to do estate planning.  Many assume it is only for the elderly, but the advent of COVID-19, which has no regard for age and can cause sudden death, has certainly brought it to the forefront for many.  

Year End Tax Planning: A few reminders

As we approach the end of 2020, it’s a good time to take a look at your personal finances. There are some standard strategies that can be used to reduce your tax exposure and help organize savings, gifting, and charitable donations.