Your Clients & Their Children: Solutions To Joint Bank Accounts

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If you didn’t get a chance to read my first article on this subject, Your Clients and Their Children: The Problems with Joint Bank Accounts, it may be helpful to review it as a means of providing context for this article. As noted in that first posting, if a client couple wishes to make their bank accounts into joint accounts …

Your Clients & Their Children: The Problems With Joint Bank Accounts

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Do you get the recurring question from clients that I do, from time to time, about bank accounts? I’m referring to the issue where an elderly mother or father wants to add their child’s name to one or more of their bank accounts. In simple terms, the logic makes sense, as most parents want to assure that their bills, mortgages, …

Remind Clients of the Non-Market Returns You Provide: 7 Examples

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Now that I’ve finally come up for air after a daunting 2012 tax season, which kept me away from my writing my monthly column in April, I want to discuss whether you’ve ever explained or shown your clients their non-market related return on investment. The simplified method of looking at a monthly statement to assess whether their money has increased …

Candy Economics at Halloween and Our Tax System

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At our house over the past few weeks, it’s been candy, candy and more candy after a few days of local church-sponsored Fall Festivals and trunk or treat events (or trick or treat – depending on where you live). Like most parents of young children across the country, my wife and I, along with our “University of Alabama squad” – including …

An Advisor (and Client) Wish List for the Next President

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My annual “wish list” usually coincides with the coming of Christmas, but this wish list is a little different, and one that I believe to be of dire importance for all Americans. So what do I (and my clients) wish for from our next president (and those elected to Congress) come November? 1. Simplicity We need a president that will …

Playing to Win Still Matters in Football, the Markets and the Economy

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Has anyone noticed the fantastic few weeks of college football we’ve had so far this year? If you haven’t, you must not live in the South or have the pleasure of experiencing SEC football, or better yet, Alabama football. With a mounting total of 14 national championships, the University of Alabama’s football history is like no other program, especially in …

Mentoring Our Future

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Last week, I helped a young man working to acquire his Eagle Scout status by mentoring him through the “Personal Financial Management Merit Badge Workbook”, which is just one part of many steps to which a Boy Scout has to complete in order to obtain his Eagle Scout recognition.  Through this mentoring process I helped explain the natures of creating …

Andy Gives a Presentation to UAB Periodontal Students

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In May, Andy was invited to give a presentation to the UAB Dental and Periodontal Residents regarding financial tips and information beneficial to decisions they will face, both personal and professional, once they are out of school and working.  Among the topics Andy explained were how to choose a mortgage and the options and benefits associated with each of them, …