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Who Are Wealth Managers and How to Choose the Right One for You

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on Jun 21, 2022 2:00:00 PM

A wealth manager is a type of financial advisor who typically works with high net-worth individuals and provides a wide range of financial services, including asset management, financial planning, estate planning and much more. Since wealth manager is not a technical term, it’s especially important to take the time to find out exactly what the relationship will look like before choosing a wealth manager to work with. 

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Topics: Wealth Management

What Does a Wealth Manager Do?

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on Jun 7, 2022 2:00:00 PM

A wealth manager is a type of investment advisor who typically works with high net-worth individuals, but what does a wealth manager do? Typically, a wealth manager provides comprehensive financial services, including asset management, financial planning, estate planning and much more. While a wealth manager is a generally accepted term, there is no specific definition, which means the services offered may vary. Here are a few of the key services you can expect a wealth manager to provide and how they can help you build your wealth. 

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Topics: Wealth Management

When Is the Right Time to Hire a Wealth Manager?

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on May 24, 2022 2:00:00 PM

In a perfect world, nearly everyone would work with a financial advisor, but in the real world, this isn’t always possible. The right time to hire a wealth manager is when your financial situation reaches a level where not working with an advisor could actually cost you more. Here are five signs you’ve probably reached that point.

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Topics: Wealth Management

A Day in the Life of a Wealth Manager: Meet Hank Spain

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on Apr 7, 2022 1:30:00 PM

Henry “Hank” A. Spain, CLU®, ChFC® is a Senior Portfolio Advisor and Wealth Manager at Carnegie. With more than 40 years of experience in the industry, Hank Spain is a welcome addition to the Carnegie investment and wealth management team. His dedication to and appreciation for clients’ principles make him the embodiment of one of our core beliefs.

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Topics: Wealth Management

5 Ways to Build Wealth at Any Age or Stage

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on Mar 8, 2022 1:30:00 PM

Building wealth is an integral step in many major life goals: purchasing a home, limiting financial stress, supporting loved ones, enjoying retirement, the list goes on and on. But building wealth isn’t always straightforward. What if you’re early in your career and just barely managing to make ends meet? What if you’re nearing retirement but don’t feel you’ve saved enough? No matter your age or stage of life, here are five ways to help you build wealth now.

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Topics: Financial Planning, Wealth Management

2022 Wealth and Taxes Webinar: Tips to Help Maximize Your Bottom Line

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on Feb 19, 2022 2:00:00 PM

If taxes confuse you, rest assured that you are not alone. We often hear common questions from our clients around RMDs, 529 Plans, rules around charitable gifts, and more. To help demystify these topics, Carnegie Investment Counsel will host a free webinar on Wednesday, February 23rd, at noon.

Speakers:

  • A. Christine Bretz, CPA, CFDA of Singer, Berger, Press & Co.
  • Bryan R. Blackburn, CFP® of Carnegie Investment Counsel
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Topics: Financial Planning, Wealth Management, Taxes

Key Elements of an Estate Plan

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on Feb 11, 2022 10:30:00 AM

Making decisions today that are designed to take effect upon our eventual demise is hardly at the top of anyone’s pleasure list. When it comes to ensuring the financial well-being of your family though, making thoughtful preparations regarding the final disposition of your assets should be a priority. The creation of an estate plan allows you to control how your assets are transferred to your heirs when you die or become mentally or physically incapacitated.

An estate plan will have far-reaching consequences regarding how your financial assets are distributed. A properly designed plan can also make directives about your medical care if you become too ill to make those decisions yourself.

In the absence of an estate plan, a probate court may be making the decisions about your money when you pass away, rather than following your wishes. The lack of a plan may leave your family with an undue hardship, particularly if you have not made it clear to them how you want your affairs to be managed.

Consider the essential components of a proper estate plan:

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Topics: Financial Planning, Wealth Management

529 Savings Plans: Can They Be a Wealth Transfer Tool?

Posted by Gary Wagner on Nov 30, 2021 1:30:00 PM

Education savings plans were originally created in the 1980s by various states as a way for students to attain the financial means required for a college education. These plans are still implemented at a state level and are either prepaid tuition or tax-advantaged savings accounts that can be applied to qualified education expenses. 

According to the National Association of State Treasurers, more than 12 million families have saved more than $258 billion in these plans over the last 40 years.

While the primary purpose of these accounts has always been to make a college education feasible from a financial standpoint, they should also be considered a valuable estate planning tool. In light of the current tax treatment of these accounts, they may provide a flexible means for parents, grandparents or other family members to transfer assets to a younger generation.

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Topics: Financial Planning, Investment Management, Wealth Management

You Can’t Take It with You Part 2: Philanthropy

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on Sep 17, 2021 4:00:00 PM

Did you know that 90 percent of high net-worth households give to charity according to the National Philanthropic Trust? It’s an impactful way to ensure your wealth goes to good use. Nonprofit and charitable organizations are fueled by individuals who support their services. Currently, there are about 1.54 million charitable organizations in the U.S., and in 2019, 69 percent of charitable giving came from individuals.

In our first post in this series on living with wealth, we discussed giving to family. [Link to blog when posted] In this post, we concentrate on charitable giving. Outside of playing a pivotal role in helping a nonprofit organization thrive, charitable giving boasts a number of benefits for donors. Making a donation to a qualified 501(c)(3) makes you eligible for tax deductions, and giving a considerable amount can benefit your overall estate planning.

Take a closer look at how you can position yourself for sustainable charitable giving and, in addition, leave an enduring legacy after your death.

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Topics: Giving, Financial Planning, Wealth Management, Nonprofits

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

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