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Update on Tax Season for 2021

Posted by Bryan Blackburn, CFP® on Apr 15, 2021 1:00:00 PM

The Internal Revenue Service anticipates that more than 150 million tax returns will be filed this year. In a normal year, this is a colossal undertaking. But in a world still altered by a pandemic, it becomes a bit more complicated for all parties involved. We are here to help you navigate the process.

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Topics: Financial Planning, Taxes

Tax Reference Guide and the Latest Tax Deadlines

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on Apr 6, 2021 1:30:00 PM

This year, tax time may be a little different. On March 17, 2021, the U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS announced that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year would automatically be extended from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021. This postponement to May 17, 2021, of the federal tax filing deadline, only applies to individual federal income tax returns and tax payments otherwise due April 15, 2021. Also, note that this relief does not apply to estimated tax payments due on April 15, 2021.

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Topics: Financial Planning, Taxes

Managing Health Care Insurance for Early Retirees

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on Apr 1, 2021 1:30:00 PM

Beginning in the 1930s, and accelerating in the decades that followed, employer-sponsored healthcare became one of the benefits American consumers have come to rely upon. Facilitated in part by changes in government policies during World War II, private employers began to offer health insurance as part of an overall compensation package for their workforce.

However, this system's evolution left many retirees without any medical insurance, which was often terminated when they left the labor force. This shortcoming was addressed in 1965 when Medicare and Medicaid were signed into law, giving tens of millions of Americans affordable access to hospitals, clinics and a network of physicians.

Accordingly, most Americans today have some form of health insurance, either through their employer or after they have retired. However, unless they are disabled, participants in Medicare must have reached their 65th birthday.

So what if you want to retire before age 65?

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Topics: Retirement Planning

How to Craft an Investment Policy Statement for Your Nonprofit, Corporation or Yourself

Posted by Meg Halloran on Mar 25, 2021 1:30:00 PM

As a portfolio manager at Carnegie Investment Counsel, I am involved with creating portfolios designed to help clients meet their goals. For individuals, corporations or nonprofits, investment policy statements (IPS) are a way to outline goals and objectives. Outside of work, I serve as an investment committee member for my church's endowment. As such, I am sharing my IPS experience as a portfolio manager and as a community member in my church. Let's start with some basics.

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Topics: Investing, Financial Planning, Wealth Management

A Day in the Life: Meet Brittany Blazey and Learn How Relationship Managers Simplify Life for Clients at Carnegie Investment Counsel

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on Mar 18, 2021 1:30:00 PM

Brittany Blazey loves to think of ways to make her clients feel valued. Her role as the Relationship Manager at our Toledo Office is a perfect fit for a person with a heart for taking care of clients.

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Topics: Investing, Financial Planning, Relationship Management

Top 5 Financial Factors to Consider Before Remarrying

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on Mar 4, 2021 1:30:00 PM

Thinking about another marriage as you approach retirement? What are the financial considerations?

Getting married at any point in life is an exciting step toward personal and shared fulfillment. But getting married later in life can be both exciting and potentially challenging, at least from a financial standpoint. Compared to those who are marrying for the first time, people who remarry likely have to solve a much more complicated financial equation in order to be prosperous.

Before you tie the knot a second or third time, you and your future spouse should have an open and sincere discussion regarding your respective finances. Some points in this conversation will probably be uncomfortable, but you can avoid future arguments by laying all your financial cards on the table today. Consider the following discussion points:

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Topics: Investing, Financial Planning, Wealth Management

A Day in the Life of a Wealth Advisor: Meet Ian Matheson

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on Feb 25, 2021 2:30:00 PM

We continue our series profiling different financial advisors at Carnegie Investment Counsel with our wealth advisor, Ian Matheson at our Carnegie Investment Counsel office in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Pass Go and collect $200: Ian Matheson helps make it that easy to feel good about your investment strategy, with a little extra knowledge and dedication.

Ian Matheson grew up playing Monopoly, but he learned to work with real money at a young age. In fact, when he was in the eighth grade, he started competing with his father, Robert Matheson, to pick stocks and mutual funds. It’s almost natural that he has been a wealth advisor for over 20 years now.

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Topics: Investing, Wealth Management

How Our ‘Counsel’ and Team Approach Helps Us Make Investment Decisions

Posted by Greg Halter, CFA on Feb 16, 2021 1:30:00 PM

On a monitor across from my desk, two screens share constantly updating market news from earnings reports to headlines. On my phone, Twitter flashes the latest evaluations and thoughts from, well, thought-leaders. Bloomberg provides analytics, data and even more financial news. The flow of information is good and valuable. Everyone can access this information. It’s a far cry from years ago, when we had to wait to receive faxes of earnings reports. Now financial information is certainly becoming more “democratized”. But these volumes of information are a challenge for individuals to process, even if those individuals are professionals.

At Carnegie, the word “counsel” in our name speaks to the expertise we bring to investment management. But how does the Carnegie approach work in practice? How do we synthesize information together as a team to help portfolio managers digest it and make decisions for our clients’ portfolios?

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Topics: Investing, Wealth Management

8 Things You Need to Know to Survive and Thrive with Sudden Wealth

Posted by Donald L Haisman, CFP® on Feb 2, 2021 1:30:00 PM

Suddenly find yourself winning the lottery or with an unexpected inheritance? Or maybe you sold your company for a surprising amount. Sudden wealth means receiving more wealth than you are in the habit of being responsible for and having it happen quickly. While it may sound to some like a dream come true, there are both mental and financial considerations involved with sudden wealth. Here are eight steps to help you survive and thrive:

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Topics: Investing, Financial Planning, Wealth Management

A Do and Don’t List for Investing in 2021

Posted by Raz Pounardjian on Jan 28, 2021 1:30:00 PM

We learned a lot about ourselves in 2020. Below are some "Do's and Don'ts" we should keep in mind for the coming year:

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Topics: Investing, Financial Planning

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