2020

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Why Bookkeeping is Important and Essential

MazumaBusinessAccounting

Did you know that poor bookkeeping, or lack thereof, is one of the top reasons small businesses fail? It may not sound like the most exciting thing, especially if you don’t consider yourself a “math person”, but let’s face the facts, bookkeeping is essential for the success of any small business. Here at Mazuma, we believe that each small business has the potential to succeed with the right tools, mindset, and organization.

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Two Years Without Health Insurance (and What I’m Doing Now)

Mr. Money Mustache

Two years ago, I was unsatisfied with my options for health insurance. The premiums were rising even as the quality dropped in the form of an ever-increasing deductible. I am guessing that you might feel the same way these days – most of us Americans are in the same boat. I felt like I was being squeezed from both ends and it was starting to p**s me off.

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What Makes Your Financial Goals SMART?

Workable Wealth

It’s easy to get ahead of yourself. When spotting an issue, you might jump into problem-solving mode without even thinking. Say someone is renovating an old house and decides their first step is to paint the front door. This plan doesn’t make sense and is not smart because it’s not prudent to do the finishing touches without addressing the larger structural issues first.

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U.S. Expats in the U.K.: Understanding the Complexities of the Two Tax Systems

Brown Advisory

U.S. Expats in the U.K.: Understanding the Complexities of the Two Tax Systems jharrison Thu, 12/31/2020 - 05:15 The U.S. and U.K. tax systems are fairly easy to understand on their own. It’s when you combine them that things go from straightforward to more complex. In this short post, we will give you a brief overview of the basic principles of the two systems and how they interact when you’re in the somewhat unfortunate circumstance of needing to follow both.

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Register Now: Sneak Peek Into Close Automation SkyStem Web Demo

Technology is rapidly changing the way accountants perform and manage month-end activities. Spreadsheets, email, and shared drives no longer have to slow us down. Join us as we present a "sneak peek" recorded demo of SkyStem's month-end close solution – ART. In under four weeks, your team can start reaping the benefits of month-end close automation by vastly reducing spreadsheets, cut down on reconciliation work, speed up the month-end close, and better manage your remote team.

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Happy Holidays and My Gift To You This Year! (Video)

Indigo Marketing Agency

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the financial advisors out there! Today, I am wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday. As my gift to you, learn everything there is to know about marketing for financial advisors with The Marketing Guide For Financial Advisors on Amazon now at our lowest price ever ! Also, please join us for our latest webinar, How To Grow Your Business by 25% in 2021 by clicking here to register.

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The Intel Pension Plan: Understanding the Major Change in 2021 and How to Assess Your Retirement Decision

Cordant Wealth Partners

**UPDATE: We are aware that Intel has changed course and will NOT be changing its minimum pension calculation. We will update this blog post as more information is available.**. Today we are going to tell you everything you need to know about the upcoming 2021 changes to the Intel Minimum Pension Plan (MPP). We are also sharing free resources and templates to help you take quick action.

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Client Retention Strategies for Financial Advisors

C2P Enterprises

How often have we heard the expression, “Clients are the lifeblood of the business, treat them well and they will take care of you.” Odds are, every one of us has heard it at some point in our financial advising career, either from a manager or on our favorite podcast. As cliché as this saying [.]. The post Client Retention Strategies for Financial Advisors appeared first on Clarity 2 Prosperity.

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What lessons today’s investors can learn from the collapse of the Roman Empire?

Truemind Capital

“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen” – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. The first Roman empire rule began in 27 BC and helmed by the emperor Caesar Augustus. Roman Empire at its peak conquered a huge part of Europe and significant part of the African continent. The empire built 50,000 miles of roads, amphitheaters, bridges and infrastructures that are still in use today.

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Word of Mouth is a Force of Nature

AdvisorPR

Identifying COIs to force it in your direction. We all know referrals are the most impactful way to grow your business. An endorsement from someone you already like and trust goes a long way in getting you to want to take the next steps with the recommended vendor. Whether it’s a car repair, new restaurant or the latest show on Prime Video – if someone in your trusted network says to do it, they’ve already done half the work for you – the research.

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2024 Lending Outlook: Innovations and Evolutions in the Financial Sector

As we step into 2024, the lending landscape evolves rapidly with technology, regulations, and market dynamics driving change. For banks and financial institutions to stay competitive and meet the evolving needs of their customers, these drivers must be understood and engaged with. Lenders can anticipate significant transformation fueled by technological advancements, regulatory shifts, and changing consumer behaviors.

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Worried about your future Social Security benefits? Fleshing out current concerns and common myths.

Yardley Wealth Management

The post Worried about your future Social Security benefits? Fleshing out current concerns and common myths. appeared first on Yardley Wealth Management, LLC. [link]. Social Security Retirement Planning . Worried about your future Social Security benefits? Fleshing out current concerns and common myths. By Michael Garry Yardley Wealth Management October 26, 2020.

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How To Write-Off Your Summer Vacation

MazumaBusinessAccounting

Although COVID-19 has prevented some of us from traveling, some are still planning on that fun summer vacation. One of the perks of being a small business owner is that you can deduct some of those expenses from your summer vacation. You just need to know your motives before you go! To begin, let’s change the name of your “Summer Vacation” to a “Business Trip” Your goal shouldn’t be to “write off my vacation” but “how do I add some vacatio

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The Man Who Retired at 27: Why You Should Consider House-Hacking

Mr. Money Mustache

Way back in the olden days, people used to be amazed at my life story. I was “The Man Who Retired at 30”, and it was so unusual that it would show up in news headlines all over the place. Thankfully, this is no longer such a surprising story. The idea of financial independence has spread far and wide with the rise of the FIRE movement , and people now realize it’s not such a big deal after all.

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The Money Tasks You’re Avoiding And How To Make Progress (Part 1)

Workable Wealth

Financial wellness is like eating healthy – it’s hard work and no fun but you know it’s good for you. Think about it, you always feel better after a healthy meal instead of a highly-processed one. But building a balanced meal plan takes more time and effort to accomplish. The same is true for a healthy financial plan. Not every financial planning task is exciting and groundbreaking, but each step secures your goals and vision for the future.

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Banking on Loyalty: Holistic Financial Advice for Unparalleled Business Growth

Speaker: Joe Buhrmann, MBA, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC® Senior Financial Planning Practice Management Consultant eMoney Advisor

During an era of evolving consumer preferences, the banking sector is undergoing a profound shift. As customers continue to broaden their perspectives, banking professionals must support their customers' financial wellness by providing holistic financial advice that aligns with individual goals and circumstances. Without adapting, financial institutions will find that loyalty may crumble amid uncertainty.

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U.S. Expats in the U.K.: Understanding the Complexities of the Two Tax Systems

Brown Advisory

U.S. Expats in the U.K.: Understanding the Complexities of the Two Tax Systems. jharrison. Thu, 12/31/2020 - 05:15. The U.S. and U.K. tax systems are fairly easy to understand on their own. It’s when you combine them that things go from straightforward to more complex. In this short post, we will give you a brief overview of the basic principles of the two systems and how they interact when you’re in the somewhat unfortunate circumstance of needing to follow both.

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Do You Know SEO? Webinar Featuring BuddyIns CEO Marc Glickman

Indigo Marketing Agency

Indigo Marketing Agency’s marketing expert Claire Akin and BuddyIns CEO Marc Glickman recently joined forces in a new webinar, Do You Know SEO? During this webinar, Claire and Marc share secrets to SEO success. Claire and Marc discuss: How search engine optimization works. What content leads to the best outcomes. Tips to help your website generate more traffic.

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How Finance Students Need to Prepare as Independent Professionals in Post-COVID World

International College of Financial Planning

The repercussions of the lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic have been alarming to say the least. This period has allowed us all to delve deep within us and to acknowledge fears that haven’t surfaced for the longest of times. All of us had to stay away from other people, were asked not to visit our families and this gave us the opportunity to learn new things every day.

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SERPLUS or Mega Roth? Prioritizing Two of Intel’s Tax-Preferenced Savings Opportunities

Cordant Wealth Partners

Ideally, with each paycheck or bonus paid we would have all the cash flow we need to support regular cash-flow needs, achieve our larger financial objectives and optimize deferrals to tax-advantaged accounts and other tax savings opportunities. However, money is a resource, and like most resources it’s limited. We are forced to prioritize where we spend, the objectives we further, and the extent to which we utilize tax-saving opportunities.

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Navigating Financial Storms: Strategies for Building Resilient Balance Sheets

Speaker: Carolina Aponte - Owner and CEO, Caja Holdings LLC

In today's rapidly changing business environment, building a resilient balance sheet is crucial to the survival of any business. A resilient balance sheet allows a company to withstand financial shocks and adapt to changing market conditions. To achieve this, companies need to focus on key strategies such as maintaining adequate liquidity, managing debt levels, diversifying revenue streams, and prioritizing profitability over growth.

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5 Things Clients Look for in a Financial Advisor

C2P Enterprises

Choosing the right financial advisor is a big decision for investors looking for someone they can trust with their money. They want someone who will look out for their best interest and guide them to solutions that will yield high dividends. As a financial advisor, you know you’re the best person for the job. But, [.]. The post 5 Things Clients Look for in a Financial Advisor appeared first on Clarity 2 Prosperity.

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How To Save Up For A House Down Payment

Clever Girl Finance

Purchasing a first home is a big financial step. The amount that you need when finding out how to save up for a house can seem daunting. Nonetheless, it’s not impossible. Homeownership can be one of the cornerstones of building wealth. But to ensure that it's a wealth-building tool and not a financial burden, you must be prepared. There are some financial obligations of your investment.

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Local Media: How to Land Interviews in Your Backyard

AdvisorPR

If you look at your hometown newspaper or TV station’s website, you’ll notice a common theme when scanning the headlines. Many of the articles are localizing national news stories. Whether it’s related to the pandemic, the current economic climate or even politics, news reporters are often looking for that local hook. When not reporting or localizing the national news, reporters also cover local stories that directly impact the majority of its city’s residents.

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What is a SEP IRA? Understanding the benefits and details of a SEP IRA before committing to this retirement savings vehicle.

Yardley Wealth Management

The post What is a SEP IRA? Understanding the benefits and details of a SEP IRA before committing to this retirement savings vehicle. appeared first on Yardley Wealth Management, LLC. What is a SEP IRA? Understanding the benefits and details of a SEP IRA before committing to this retirement savings vehicle. Retirement Planning, Income Taxes. [link].

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Putting the ‘Tech’ in Spend Management Techniques

Speaker: Wayne Spivak, President and CFO of SBA * Consulting Ltd., Industry Writer, Public Speaker

If you’re lost in the world of spend management needs and your GAP analysis is lacking perspective on the future state of your business performance, listen up! With the advancement of technology, the implementation of spend management best practices and concrete GAP analyses is more streamlined and accessible than ever before. And while this may sound like great news for you and your clients, it won’t be worthwhile unless you have the latest techniques to back up your ambitions!

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Social Media Tips For Your Small Business

MazumaBusinessAccounting

Social Media Tips For Your Small Business. Social media has become a game-changer for small businesses. It has become the marketing platform that provides the best results for the lowest cost. Accounts are free and easy to maintain. In this article, we’ll explore five things you can do to get the most out of social media. Post Consistently. Consistency is key.

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Socially Responsible Investing: Is It Also More Profitable?

Mr. Money Mustache

Since the Dawn of Mustachianism in 2011, the same question has come up over and over again: “MMM, I see your point that index fund investing is the best option. But when you buy the index, you’re getting oil companies, factory farm slaughterhouses and a million other dirty stories. How can I get the benefits of investing for early retirement without contributing to the decline of humanity?”.

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Why Should You Care About Financial Planning?

Workable Wealth

Money is a tool; a tool that can help you shape, design, and live the life you want. Way too often, people talk about money as the destination, when it’s really a medium to facilitate the journey. Financial planning can take your money game up a notch by bringing clarity, strategy, and intention to your financial life. It can illuminate your priorities and get you thinking about money differently.

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2020 Year-End Planning Letter

Brown Advisory

2020 Year-End Planning Letter. ajackson. Thu, 11/19/2020 - 08:44. Each year, we send a letter to clients to help guide year-end planning discussions and to offer ideas for consideration with their other advisors. In our year-end discussions with clients, we aim to ensure that their plans are updated as needed, based on changing external conditions as well as their specific circumstances.

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Connect, Care, Convert: Secrets to Establishing Trust with Niche Markets and Turning Them Into Clients

Speaker: Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach®

Niche markets represent a huge opportunity for the financial services industry in America. From college students and women to communities of color and low-to-moderate-income households, niche populations have specialized financial needs – but they often underutilize many valuable financial products and services. How can you better connect with these consumers?

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Happy Thanksgiving & Personal Update! (Video)

Indigo Marketing Agency

Happy Thanksgiving to all of the amazing independent financial advisors out there. Thanks so much for being a part of the Indigo Marketing Agency family. Please enjoy this brief 2020 business and personal update. If you need help sending a video update like this to your clients and network, get in touch today by scheduling your marketing strategy call now.

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How to prepare your portfolio for the uncertain future?

Truemind Capital

Don’t fight the forces, use them. – R. Buckminster Fuller. Everyone thinks that due to the recent events caused by Coronavirus we are in uncertain times. I believe we are always in uncertain times. The emergence of any event has multiple co-dependent factors and nothing gets created out of a vacuum. Since we cannot know and control all the factors that lead to the manifestation of any situation; we cannot be 100% certain about any event.

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Intel SERPLUS Elections 2020: 4 Steps to Consider Given the Recent Company Uncertainty

Cordant Wealth Partners

A clever person once said it’s “difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.” This is true with most things, and it’s undoubtedly true with investing. However, despite the unpredictability of the future, there comes a time when we must place our bets and choose a direction—Ideally, one that tips the odds in our favor. 409(a) Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans present one of these opportunities.