Bright Ideas

Choosing the right advisor

As the saying goes, "When times are good, anyone can make money." In the tenth year of 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.

Learn more

What does fee-only mean?

Learn more

Bright Ideas

Read what Brightworth advisors and planners have to say about wisely managing your financial future.

real-estate market

Real estate professionals listen up: the real estate market is hot right now, but the eventual downturn is coming. Are your finances prepared to survive the next stage? 

As the world has been moving into the recovery phase of the Covid-19 global pandemic, economies and financial markets are adapting to a new reality. Supply chain disruptions are wreaking havoc with pricing. The employment picture is improving, but at an uneven pace.

hit the target

An important step for business owners as they think through their eventual exit is answering the big three questions: 1) to whom I will transition my business, 2) how much I need to net out from the transition, and 3) when I will exit.

family at 4th of july garden party

As you gather with friends and family this Fourth of July, remember what you are celebrating. Our nation is the land of the free and the home of the brave. Yet, I have found that people do not always give themselves enough freedom to pursue what truly makes them happy.

woman excited about job offer

Have you considered all the factors involved in making a job switch?

father teaches child about money

Do you know where to start when it’s time for your children to learn about handling money?

Bright Blog

Check out what Brightworth advisors and planners have to say about wisely managing your financial future.

 

10 ON Mon, 06/17/2019 - 11:36

 

The second episode of Taking Stock with Lisa Brown is Losing your 6-figure Job?

90 ON Mon, 06/03/2019 - 08:54

It’s amazing to me that a show can start off so strongly, with critical acclaim and a massive following and, at least in the opinion of many, finish so weakly. There is nothing worse than a bad ending.  In real life you don’t want to be that way either.

10 ON Thu, 05/30/2019 - 10:26

I'm excited to share that I've started a new podcast, Talking Stock with Lisa Brown. The first episide is Shocked by your 2018 Tax Bill?

380 ON Wed, 05/22/2019 - 12:28

Our clients often ask “How much do I need to save this year to be on track for retirement?” Obviously, there are a lot of variables that go into answering that question: retirement spending, assumed rate of return, pensions and Social Security to name a few. But perhaps the most important variable is the one that’s priceless: time. People with the most time on their side are those most likely to achieve their retirement goals. Those who save early end up way ahead of their procrastinating peers.

 

11 ON Mon, 05/13/2019 - 13:08

So, your taxes are either filed or extended. How did you fare with the new tax law? Much has been written about the impact of the new federal tax law on allowable itemized deductions. Between the increased standard deduction and major changes to popular areas such as state and local taxes (SALT) and miscellaneous itemized deductions, many taxpayers are finding limited options for reducing their taxable income.

380 ON Fri, 05/10/2019 - 08:30

Are you considering leaving your job to be a stay-at-home parent? If you’re a little older, how about going back to school for a new degree or retiring earlier than your spouse?

Whatever the reason a working couple is considering going from two incomes to one, this decision can sometimes be overwhelming and even frightening. However, like many major events, anyone can sail through this transition with proper planning and be glad they made the change.

 

12 ON Wed, 05/08/2019 - 11:28

As mentioned in Part 1, most business owners will leave substantial dollars on the table when they sell their business, and less than one-third of business owners will be able to successfully transition out of their business.

12 ON Wed, 05/08/2019 - 11:26

business for sale sign

If you’re a business owner, you’ve likely spent years, possibly decades, building your business. No doubt you’ve poured your heart, soul and much of your finances into making your business successful.  Unfortunately, if you’re like most business owners, you probably haven’t spent much time planning to capture the value you’ve created in your business. 

90 ON Tue, 04/30/2019 - 14:14

I hate this cliché, but it kind of fits…Rome wasn’t built in a day. Your goals don’t have to be accomplished in day, or even a year. The important thing is to set goals, make progress and keep at it. Doing nothing will not produce results. As Mark Twain famously said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

380 ON Fri, 04/05/2019 - 12:21

What did your parents teach you about money growing up? Was money an open conversation in your family or a taboo topic? Regardless of their intentions, each of our parents taught us something about money. Here are some tips for how to purposefully teach your young children about money and make it fun!

15 ON Tue, 02/26/2019 - 11:51

It’s been 10 years since the last bear market, commonly defined as a sustained decline of 20 percent or more. We experienced a significant correction late last year, with stock dropping almost, but not quite 20 percent. Equity prices have since staged an impressive recovery so far this year. While we don’t know if the next bear market is right around the corner or a long time away, to successfully navigate the next one and keep their investment strategy intact, investors need to know three things...

354 ON Tue, 02/26/2019 - 11:33

Investors know stocks often stumble during economic recessions, so it’s no surprise we are frequently asked if a US recession is likely in 2019. The good news is that the economy is expected to continue to grow this year, making it the longest economic expansion in US history.