KROST Wealth Monthly Economic Update: November 2022

November 8, 2022By Phil Clark, CPWA®,CFP®, CLU®

In this month’s recap: Stocks posted big gains in October as “old economy” names reported solid earnings while mega-cap techs struggled. U.S. Markets Stocks posted big gains in October, propelled by better-than-expected corporate reports. The Dow Jones Industrial Average led, gaining 13.95 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index tacked on 7.99 percent, while the Read the full article…

A Brief History of Estate Taxes

November 2, 2022By Phil Clark, CPWA®,CFP®, CLU®

Federal estate taxes have been a source of funding for the federal government almost since the U.S. was founded. In 1797, Congress instituted a system of federal stamps that were required on all wills offered for probate when property (land, homes) was transferred from one generation to the next. The revenue from these stamps was Read the full article…

Benefits of Disclaimers in Post-Mortem Estate Planning

October 27, 2022By KrostWealth

When considering the creation of a will or a trust, one usually thinks about pre-death planning. However, the beneficiaries have an opportunity where post-mortem planning comes into play. Let’s look at an important post-mortem planning tool – the disclaimer. A disclaimer is a refusal to accept an interest in or a power over property – Read the full article…

Assess Life Insurance Needs

October 7, 2022By Phil Clark, CPWA®,CFP®, CLU®

If your family relies on your income, it’s critical to consider having enough life insurance to provide for them after you pass away. But too often, life insurance is an overlooked aspect of personal finances. In fact, according to a 2019 study conducted by Life Happens and LIMRA, which closely follows life insurance trends, nearly Read the full article…

Common Ways to Hold Title in California

September 22, 2022By KrostWealth

We often get questions from clients on how to hold title to property they are about to purchase. As real estate might be the most important asset that an individual or couple may own, how ownership is vested is extremely important. Proper titling will affect the current and future rights of parties to the transaction, Read the full article…