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The 3 Financial Phases of Life: Tips to Help You Prepare

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on Aug 5, 2021 1:30:00 PM

As we progress through life, we arrive at various well-defined markers along the way, termed as life events or major milestones. These events might include earning a college education, entering the workforce, marrying, raising a family, advancing in your career and retiring. There are obviously many others you might experience during your life’s journey.

In this article, we address the financial stages of life. We look to define those phases and help you properly prepare for each stage. Goal setting is a key component of this process. Better preparation today will lead to a more beneficial outcome once you reach your retirement years.

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Topics: Financial Planning, Retirement Planning

You Can’t Take It With You: When and How to Help the Next Generations Financially

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on Jul 29, 2021 2:00:00 PM

Living Well With Wealth Series 1 of 3

In this first blog post in our Living Well With Wealth series, we discuss giving money to family. Next in the series, we offer insights into charitable giving.  

It’s highly common for our clients with children, grandchildren and other family members to direct their assets to things or activities that will help those family members financially. Allocating portions of your legacy and offering financial assistance can make a lifelong impact on your loved ones. So, how and when should you get started, and what do you need to consider?

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Topics: Financial Planning, Investment Management, Wealth Management, Retirement Planning

Gray Divorce Trends 2021: How Will Late-in-Life Divorce Impact Your Finances and Retirement?

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

After many years where the divorce rate for American adults was constantly on the rise, recent decades have shown a modest decline. However, those statistics disguise a change in the divorce rate for older adults. According to multiple studies, including a Bowling Green State University Family Profile Information 2021, there has been an increase in the divorce rate for those who are 50 years and older.  

This so-called gray (think graying hair) divorce phenomenon can have a significant impact on retirement plans. If you are older and considering a divorce, keep in mind that assumptions you and your spouse made decades ago about finances may no longer apply, including the financial benefits of marriage.

Several high-profile gray divorces have been in the news recently, including Bill and Melinda Gates. Let's assume that dividing up their assets will be a bit more complicated than what you might be facing if divorce is likely. However, there are practical considerations for all non-billionaires when dealing with the financial consequences of a divorce.

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Topics: Financial Planning, Investment Management, Wealth Management, Retirement Planning

A Day in the Life of a Portfolio Advisor: Meet Chad Warmbein and Learn How He Juggles It All

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on Jun 17, 2021 1:30:00 PM

Chad Warmbein has been a Portfolio Advisor at Carnegie’s Pittsburgh office for six years. He is passionate about helping clients create a customized financial strategy aligned to their financial goals. Plus, Chad helps work with prospective clients both for individual wealth management portfolios and retirement services plans. In this blog post, we meet Chad and learn about his Portfolio Advisor role.

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Topics: Financial Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Planning

Risk of Avoiding Financial Risk

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on Jun 3, 2021 1:30:00 PM

One of the most important aspects of responsible financial planning is risk management. A proper understanding of risk can help you anticipate losses and gains and create an investment strategy with your financial planner as you build wealth. Assessing your risk tolerance can guide you in your investment decisions. Armed with this knowledge, you can start to see the risk of avoiding risk.

It is important to identify your financial goals, what it will take to reach those goals and understand the level of risk you are willing to take to get there. Your goals and behavior must be aligned.

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Topics: Financial Planning, Investment Management, Risk Management

Top Myths About Financial Planning

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on May 13, 2021 1:30:00 PM

 

Are you considering hiring a planner to help navigate your financial future? If so, do you know what financial planning entails? Financial planning revolves around taking a holistic view of a client's financial situation and advising them on how to achieve realistic economic goals.

While it seems simple enough, there are several myths surrounding financial planning that might prevent you from enlisting a planner. Let's examine four of these in detail to help you reach a better understanding of how a financial planner can meet your needs.

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Topics: Financial Planning

Day in the Life of Linda Fousek, Chartered Financial Analyst® and Portfolio Manager

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

We continue our series profiling different financial advisors at Carnegie Investment Counsel with our Portfolio Manager Linda Fousek. Linda is a Chartered Financial Analyst® and her expertise areas are investment strategy and asset allocation, including portfolio construction and implementation.

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Topics: Financial Planning, Relationship Management

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

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

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