Retirement Plan Limits for 2020 Announced

Retirement Plan Limits for 2020 Announced

The 2020 retirement plan limits have recently been announced by the IRS. These new limits are effective January 1, 2020. If you are an employee and a retirement plan participant, be sure to contact your employer as soon as possible if you wish to change your...
Navigating a Sea of Emotions

Navigating a Sea of Emotions

We’re in San Diego this week for the Schwab IMPACT conference. There are 5,000 advisors and other financial services industry professionals here at the San Diego Convention Center. This is one of the most impressive conferences we’ve attended in our 30+ year careers....
Divorce in a Changing Landscape

Divorce in a Changing Landscape

Perhaps one of the most interesting shifts in societal norms in the US has been the growing acceptance of divorce. This has happened because of economic empowerment, growing tolerance of divorce within organized religions and changes in social norms. It was not until...
It was 90 Years Ago Today…

It was 90 Years Ago Today…

Very few among us remember what happened on this day in 1929. It was “Black Tuesday”, and the stock market dropped by 12% that day. The stock market’s slide had begun a few days earlier on October 24, but it accelerated until the “crash” on the 29th. The stock market...
Zero Commissions

Zero Commissions

Over the past few weeks, the largest custodians in the country announced that they’re reducing the commissions they charge for the trading of stocks and ETFs to zero. Charles, Schwab, Springwater’s custodian and the nation’s largest, got things started on October 1,...
Misaligned Values

Misaligned Values

From time to time, prospective clients reach out to us because they’ve grown dissatisfied with their current investment advisor or money manager. This can be because they don’t agree with the advisor’s investment management approach (more on this below), the manager...
Student Loan Debt and the Tax Bomb

Student Loan Debt and the Tax Bomb

Last week we shared with you some of the frightening statistics about student loan debt in this country. Today, Americans owe a combined $1.4 trillion dollars on their student loans. Many of these borrowers are counting on some form of loan forgiveness to help them....
It’s FAFSA Time Again

It’s FAFSA Time Again

If you have kids who are in college, or who expect to enroll next fall, you should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or “FAFSA”) as soon as possible. The Department of Education began accepting FAFSA applications on October 1. According to the experts...

The Impact of Student Loan Debt

A trillion dollars is a large number. Larger than the gross domestic product of 175 countries. More than double the annual revenue of any company in the Fortune 500. More than ten times the combined value of all of the professional sports franchises in America. It’s...