Category Archives for "Financial Lifestyle"

Oct 29

Where are you on the Spectrum of Financial Dependence and Independence?

By Steven Smith | Financial Lifestyle , Meanderings , Uncategorized

Where are you on the Spectrum of Financial Dependence and Independence? (H/T to financial planning guru Michael Kitces for including this article by Morgan Housel in his October 19, Weekly Reading for Financial Planners.) Continuums I love continuums. Or is it contiua? You’ve seen a million of them. They are generally represented graphically, in an […]

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Jan 14

4th Quarter Client Note – Preparing for an Inevitable Bear Market

By Steven Smith | Financial Lifestyle , Financial News , Investment Management , Newsletters

Global equity markets defied predictions – and perhaps even gravity – in 2017. The S & P 500 (total return) index increased 21.83%, landing in the top third best performances in its history. Foreign markets, buoyed by a falling dollar, performed even better. The MSCI World ex USA (net dividends) Index gained 24.21%. The MSCI […]

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May 08

A Commentary on the PBS Show The Retirement Gamble

By Steven Smith | Financial News , Investment Management , Meanderings , Retirement , Risk Management , Small Business

PBS recently aired a Frontline show entitled The Retirement Gamble, profiling the 401(k) industry. If you missed it, it can be viewed here. Polemic in tone, the show is highly critical of the country’s evolution from defined benefit pension plans toward defined contribution 401(k) type plans, and in particular the culture of the industry that […]

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May 06

How Do You Spell Relief? ATRA! (American Taxpayer Relief Act)

By Steven Smith | Financial Lifestyle , Peak Thoughts , Tax Planning , Wealth Management

Congratulations, the 2012 tax season is behind us. Time to start planning for 2013. The dramatic New Year’s Eve peek over – and retreat from – the fiscal cliff did not solve all of the country’s budgetary problems. But it did produce a historic and constructive piece of tax legislation that ended a great deal […]

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Jul 06

Summit Foundation Educational Workshop: “Saving the Family Cottage”

By Steven Smith | Financial Lifestyle , Life Transitions , Mountain Lifestyle , Non Profits/Foundations , Wealth Management

The Summit Foundation’s fourth annual educational workshop will be held Friday, July 13th at Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center, 9:00–11:00 am. This year, we have the honor of hosting Cottage Law attorney and author David Fry, Esq., who will present “Saving the Family Cottage.” Join us for an information-packed session where you will learn ways to preserve the family vacation home for future generations and minimize the expense and agony along the way.

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