Quarterly Client Letter – Q3 2020

October 30, 2020By Phil Clark, CPWA®,CFP®

Happy campaign season!  I hope everyone is as tired of political ads as I am, and if you are not, good news, there’s one more week! I rarely and with good reason, discuss politics in these letters. However, I recently wrote a piece comparing the two tax plans from the major presidential nominees and the … Read More

Quarterly Client Letter – Q2 2020

August 17, 2020By KROST

This last quarter saw violent fluctuations in the capital markets, which have shaken the very core of retail investing for private clients as well as created massive stimulus actions by the federal government. Good thing we didn’t have anything else going on at the time! Oh, wait. COVID-19 has blanketed our country for a second … Read More

Quarterly Client Letter – Q1 2020

April 16, 2020By KROST

A computer programmer named David Cook started a company in Dallas, Texas in 1985. After two years, Cook sold the company Blockbuster for $18.5 million, missing one of the most impractical run-ups in history. By 1992, this once small retail shop was sold again for $8.4 billion. By the late 90s, Cook’s bright idea for … Read More

Keep Your Life Insurance When You Retire

August 16, 2019By KROST

Some good reasons to retain it. Do you need a life insurance policy in retirement? One school of thought says no. The kids are grown, and the need to financially insulate the household against the loss of a breadwinner has passed. If you are thinking about dropping your coverage for either or both of those … Read More

Explaining the Basis of Inherited Real Estate

July 11, 2019By KROST

What is cost basis? Stepped-up basis? How does the home sale tax exclusion work? At some point in our lives, we may inherit a home or another form of real property. In such instances, we need to understand some of the jargon involving inherited real estate. What does “cost basis” mean? What is a “step-up?” … Read More