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As the saying goes, "When times are good, anyone can make money." In the tenth year if the bull market following the Great Recession, markets are at or near all-time highs, but recent volatility has some investors uncertain on where the markets will go from here. Many are re-evaluating their relationship with their financial advisor to ensure that they are in good hands.

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Last quarter was another difficult one as efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19 led to the partial closure of our economy. Many of the most financially vulnerable Americans were hit the hardest. Further complicating the situation was the escalation of racial tensions in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Despite these tragic events, investors have seen a significant rebound in their account values as unprecedented monetary and fiscal policies have seemingly stemmed fears that the current economic slowdown will be long lasting.

When we advise business owners at Brightworth, we focus on developing and integrating financial, tax, and investment strategies for clients and their businesses so they can spend more time running their businesses, living their lives and loving the journey. Never is that relationship and process more important than when a client realizes that it’s time to exit the business.

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Many people are spending less money becase of the Coronavirus pandemic. Associate wealth Advisor Josh Monroe shares how to make the most of your new spending habits.

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With skyrocketing unemployment rates due to Covid-19, many people are finding themselves searching for new job opportunities. Wealth Advisor Patricia Sklar shares her advice on determining which opportunities to go after.

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In this edition of the Brightworth Business Owner Discussion Series we’ll talk about many issues including:

  • What precautions to take when re-entering the workplace.
  • What to do if one of your employees contracts COVID-19.
  • How to determine what personal protection equipment is appropriate, and guidelines for safe work environment practices.   

If you’re in your 40s, you’ve been growing your wealth in the last decade since the 2008 recession. Now, you might have questions about how this current bear market will affect your 401(k). Associate Wealth Advisor Josh Monroe shares the reassuring answers he gives to his clients.

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14 ON Tue, 04/14/2020 - 13:54

While most of the country focuses on staying healthy and safe during the current pandemic, it’s hard to escape the real economic impact all of this has taken. The general age group most susceptible to the health dangers of COVID-19, people 60 years old and older, and includes many Americans who are nearing retirement. The recent stock market volatility has, in most cases, hit their portfolios.

90 ON Tue, 04/14/2020 - 13:34

The most common question I have received from my clients over the last month Is “Should I invest some of the cash I’ve been sitting on?” Whether you have saved your last bonus, had a liquidity event such as sale of a rental property or received an inheritance, or you have just been thrifty, let me walk you through the exercise I take my clients on when answering this important question.

 
8 ON Mon, 04/13/2020 - 10:22

Having been in the business world for over 40 years now and having experienced several (let’s not count!) economic and stock market upheavals, a quote often attributed to Mark Twain (aka Samuel Clemens) comes to mind:  “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes”.

38 ON Thu, 04/09/2020 - 10:33

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people want to stretch the impact of their dollars for their families while continuing to help others.  Even during a downturn, donating stock may be one way to achieve that goal and support the nonprofits that are tirelessly serving our communities during this time of urgent need.  

8 ON Wed, 04/08/2020 - 18:40

In our personal and professional lives, we are continually learning about one another, subtly adjusting our behavior as we understand ourselves and understand others in order to get along,enjoy being together and become more effective. While every day is different, we generally know each other’s habits and reactions in most situations. In other words, normal behavior.

11 ON Wed, 04/01/2020 - 16:15

Few of us had heard the phrase “social distancing” at the beginning of the year. But now, maintaining safe, hygienic spaces that help limit the spread of the coronavirus is part of our lives. I hope this is short-lived, but in the meantime, we should do everything we can to thrive during this time.

10 ON Mon, 03/16/2020 - 12:39

As we all watch the latest news about the coronavirus, it’s easy to be scared about our physical and financial health. Some people may not leave their homes or allow children and grandchildren to play with others. Others, worried about a recession or financial meltdown, may be making major changes to their finances or investment accounts.

8 ON Tue, 03/10/2020 - 12:45

Whether growing or floundering, every organization reflects the individuals and leadership of which it is made.  At the same time, from top to bottom, from vision to execution, each individual evolves and becomes what they strive for as they reach their individual goals. What that means is that the organization is experiencing and reflecting what the individual employees and leadership are experiencing, and vice-versa. Take the S Curve as an example.    

13 ON Fri, 03/06/2020 - 08:39

One life event more than any other marks a turning point for how seriously families consider their finances: having a baby. New babies bring new life challenges, with financial repercussions that can stretch into retirement.

14 ON Tue, 03/03/2020 - 15:36

Bonus checks will begin arriving during the next few weeks for millions of corporate executives and managers countrywide. While most people have anticipated this cash windfall, too many don’t have a clear plan on how to best save, invest and spend this money.

90 ON Thu, 02/27/2020 - 14:09

The most common reason I hear people jumping ship to a shinier boat is for a “better opportunity.”  However, let’s unpack what a “better opportunity” truly looks like.

8 ON Wed, 02/26/2020 - 13:55

“What is your unique ability?”   It’s an executive coaching question that gets asked a lot.  Questions like these are valuable because few of us take the time to ask and answer that question ourselves and leverage the answer