Posts by Travis Russell, CFP®

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Cash Flow Solved With a Margin Loan: Why “Margin” Isn’t Always a Bad Word

Quarterly estimated tax payments or other large expenses can create cash flow challenges in situations where a client doesn’t have cash on hand because income distributions from their small business or employer are inconsistent.  These large cash outflows such as tax payments, home improvements, college tuition or other major expenses may not coincide with their cash flow and it’s necessary to…

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Don’t give up on your GRATs for Estate Planning!

Estate Planning with GRATs

Effective estate planning is often a long, ongoing process, and it doesn’t happen overnight. It’s difficult to remain focused on the long term benefits of different strategies, especially when they don’t work 100% of the time. One strategy we often recommend for clients to potentially reduce their taxable estate is a grantor retained annuity trust,…

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A Review of the Best Personal Finance Calculators

A good personal finance calculator should be simple to use and understand, but still provide valuable information to the user.  These types of calculators are challenging to find: Google searches tend to return a sizable list of tools, but many are attached to a sales pitch or annoying ads. Below is a small list of calculators…

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How Much Does a Financial Advisor (Planner) Cost?

At some point, many people come to a place where they need to hire professional help, especially when it comes to managing their wealth and future. For those who don’t have the time to manage their own investments, or want access to on-going professional financial advice, working with a financial planner or investment advisor can…

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The Best Way to Minimize Taxes With Asset Location

Did you mean to say asset allocation? That’s usually the response we get from clients when we bring up asset location within their portfolio. Both asset allocation and asset location are important considerations when building an investment portfolio to meet a client’s specific goals. The best way to think about this is that asset allocation…

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Tax-Smart Ways to Give to a Charity

As the holidays approach, thoughts about giving turn to action for many of us. Before writing a check to your favorite charity, consider the tax advantages of gifting appreciated assets, like stock, instead. The soaring U.S. stock market of the past few years has been great for portfolios; however, taxes will need to be paid…

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