On Course ARTICLES
Richard P. Slaughter Associates is proud to introduce On Course — a self-published, magazine-style exposition that allows us to share our thoughts and expertise precisely how and when our clients will appreciate it most. Please enjoy for yourself, share with friends, and let us know how we can make it better for you.
People often think about estate planning as a financial tool triggered by a person’s passing. However, some of its benefits bear fruit while you are still living. From care-planning documents to organizational tools and even tax exemption assistance, there are many reasons start estate planning today.
Giving back is a common and noble gesture that is fairly well engrained throughout much of our society. However, as many people go through their careers — particularly wealthy people — the habits for giving often never change. Writing checks or charging credit cards are always appreciated by the beneficiaries, but there are more efficient ways to support your favorite causes that will better benefit both you and the charity.
The more technology and digital innovation expands, the more cyber criminals will look for ways to exploit those who use it for their own personal gains. Add in a crisis – such as a global pandemic – and the operating grounds for such thieves becomes even more fertile. Some of the most common scams are called “phishing” schemes. By staying informed on such scams operate you can make yourself less of a target and better protect your personal identity and assets.
Market volatility in 2020 has seen unprecedented peaks, valleys, and even recovery. This has left many investors scratching their heads as they try to evaluate the effectiveness of their overall strategy and individual investment choices. The good news is, there are many tried-and-true investment benchmarking strategies and principles that can be applied to provide reliable guidance. With that in mind, we offer our thoughts on effective ways to make such analyses in both the short- and long-term.
Whether the circumstances are driven by a global pandemic, some other emergency, or just the natural course of life, adult children are often faced with the question, “how do I start a conversation with my parents who act as if nothing has changed?” Or, conversely, how do you help parents who are terrified of current economic conditions? Darby Armont addresses both perspectives in our latest issue of On Course.
When addressing your wealth during periods of economic crisis, it’s important to recognize two facets of uncertainty: those aspects based on facts, and those that are emotional responses. Essentially, it’s the head versus the heart, and it’s important to understand that both need to be resolved during such critical times. Here are some signs to watch for and tips for working with your financial planner to keep your long-term goals at the forefront.