Best-Performing Asset Classes

July 6, 2022By Phil Clark, CPWA®,CFP®, CLU®

According to Yale University’s Crash Confidence Index, only about 27% of investors are confident the stock market will not crash sometime during the next six months.1 But if fear leads investors to avoid the entire investment class, they may limit their potential returns. For example, during the 20-year period ended December 31, 2018, stocks had Read the full article…

How to Treat Inherited Individual Retirement Accounts

May 25, 2022By KrostWealth

The SECURE Act, which became effective on January 1, 2021, changed the rules for inherited IRAs. Prior to that, the rules were very beneficial to non-spousal beneficiaries. The act upended the “life expectancy” rule for distributions and, in its place, created the 10-year rule for non-spousal beneficiaries. The act establishes a time period of 10 Read the full article…

What is a Trust?

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

A trust is a legal agreement between two parties: the trustee and the trustor (sometimes called the settlor or grantor). The trustor is the person who establishes the trust and transfers assets into it. The trustee is the person or entity responsible for managing those assets according to the trustor’s wishes. Often the trustor will also be the trustee, Read the full article…

Quarterly Client Letter – Q3 2021

November 12, 2021By Phil Clark, CPWA®,CFP®, CLU®

In this quarter’s letter, I keep thinking about the difference between familiar and normal. In so many areas of our lives, the normal has given way to the familiar. What was once not normal has become familiar, ie. wearing masks, schools and restaurants closing, hand-washing stations. Also, the opposite is true that what was once normal Read the full article…

KROST Wealth Monthly Economic Update: October 2021

October 11, 2021By Phil Clark, CPWA®,CFP®, CLU®

In this month’s recap: Stocks hit some turbulence, turning cautious amid slowing economic growth, and policy debate in Washington. Presented by Philip Clark, CFP®, CPWA®, October 2021 U.S. Markets The stock market hit a pocket of turbulence in September, with investors turning cautious amid Delta variant infections, slowing economic growth and ongoing policy debate in Washington. Read the full article…

Quarterly Client Letter – Q2 2021

July 29, 2021By Phil Clark, CPWA®,CFP®, CLU®

The three horsemen of the retirement apocalypse. Dramatic, yes.  Accurate, yes. Scary, maybe. I consider the most significant risks to a healthy and well-planned retirement: Low-Interest Rates Inflation Healthcare Costs The 2nd quarter of 2021 was marked with expansive growth in both GDP and, more importantly, inflation.  As communicated in the Quarterly Economic Update, “According Read the full article…

KROST Wealth Management Monthly Economic Update: July 2021

July 13, 2021By Phil Clark, CPWA®,CFP®, CLU®

In this month’s recap: Stocks moved higher as investors looked past accelerating inflation and the Fed’s pivot on monetary policy.Presented by Philip Clark, CFP®, CPWA®, July 2021 U.S. Markets Stocks moved higher last month as investors looked past accelerating inflation and the Fed’s pivot on monetary policy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.07 percent, but Read the full article…