Insights for Your Journey
An introduction to Socially Responsible Investing and how you can choose an approach that aligns your values and resources.
I’m thinking of paying my mortgage off early. Being debt free would feel great, but is this a good strategy? Should I be investing those extra dollars instead?
The Mega Backdoor Roth 401(k) has typically been reserved for select Fortune 500 companies. Here’s how you – the Solopreneur – can access this little known strategy!
Why is my portfolio underperforming the S&P 500? Do I need to make a change? These questions are on the minds of many investors when a primary index like S&P 500 rallies ahead of many others. As one of the most widely recognized benchmarks, it’s common to compare your strategy against it – but should you?
Thanks to all who attended this week’s webinar. We were glad to host Carolyn Szaflik, Portfolio Specialist at Morningstar Investment Management, for a discussion on the market so far this year, possible impacts of the upcoming election, and the opportunities in today’s market.
If you are like most business owners, the bulk of your wealth is the value of your business, and at some point you want retire and harvest the value you have built. The majority of small to medium sized business owners only sell once, so the odds say this will be your first time selling a business. So what should you pay attention to? Here are six things with the biggest impact on the value and salability of your business.
You might be an early employee at Microsoft, a successful real estate investor, or the owner of a small business that has taken off. In each case, you own something worth a lot more than when you first acquired it. Now you’re staring down a large capital gain tax bill if you sell. Are you just stuck or is there anything you can do? We have a few ideas!
You might be an early Microsoft employee, tech company executive, or have been gifted shares of stock as a kid. You’d like to diversify, but the resulting tax bill seems almost as big as the portfolio itself! In Taxes & Highly Appreciated Stock, we’ll look at a case study and strategies to consider if you find yourself in this situation.
You own a few rentals, maybe an apartment building or two, and you’re looking at simplifying your life by selling them and retiring, but the tax bill is daunting. In this Real Estate Edition of our Strategic Guide to Highly Appreciated Assets, we’ll look at a case study and strategies you might consider if you find yourself in this situation.
What started as a dream in your garage is now a thriving business! You’ve worked hard and now see a sale in your future…and a sizable tax bill. In this Business Owners Edition of our Strategic Guide to Highly Appreciated Assets, we’ll look at a case study and strategies to consider if you find yourself in this situation.
John and Cindy have paddled Lake Chelan together for 35 summers. They have three successful children and are raising a pup they call “a Jack Russell terrorist.” John was referred to Alterra Advisors by a son who simply said, “You can trust these guys.”
Originally, John’s son, one of 11 partners in a downtown law firm, had come to Alterra with a few complex challenges. We earned his loyalty after guiding them to strategies that reward their key executives and simultaneously enable the retirement of three founding partners. His business thrived and, as a result, he was anxious to refer his parents when they neared retirement.
John and Cindy’s goal was more focused – create a legacy for their children and charities. In John’s words: “Grow and preserve our wealth, keep me informed, and talk to me face-to-face.” That’s just what we do. Cindy now says we’re like part of the family.
Lisa and David are partners in every sense. They were married in dental school and launched their own practice after graduating. In addition to running a business, they somehow managed to be full-time parents, active charity volunteers and still get the kids to piano lessons on time. Now they have a thriving practice, but it came with a significant cost as they tried to balance debt and growth.
Lisa was referred by her mentor who built a practice and his retirement plans with Alterra’s help. By the time their third child had lost her baby teeth, Lisa was convinced Alterra Advisors could help turn the corner to wealth accumulation. She found we had their best interest at heart, offered innovative financial ideas, easy-to-follow advice, and tax strategies that were game changers, both for their practice and their future goals.
Robert and Maria have successful careers. They have done very well for themselves. She is an HR director and he is an electrical engineer. They have two college-bound children, and the eldest son is already a proud Husky, just like his dad. Maria was anxious to plan the next stage of their lives. In her words, “We simply wanted to do all the things we’ve put off for years.”
A consummate planner, Maria saw to it that they saved for education and retirement. But, she wanted a guide to help protect their nest egg, and clear confusions about how taxes affect their retirement distributions. And she needed a guide for the complicated considerations of tax-differed distributions. She interviewed several wealth managers and settled on Alterra Advisors “because they were different.” According to her, Alterra was the only firm that met her three basic requirements: Don’t try to impress me with “investment speak.” Don’t have pre-determined solutions. And, ask about my goals first. We always do.
Debbie was 63 when Bill passed away. That was five years ago, and Bill had already retired as a senior executive from an iconic Seattle-based company. Debbie’s elderly mother also needed regular care, which fell on Debbie’s shoulders. She was happy to help but wanted to be sure she had sufficient income for her own life. Fortunately for Debbie, she and Bill did a great job accumulating assets to prepare them.
Debbie came to Alterra Advisors looking for a way to give generously to the charity they both served for over 30 years without worry of outliving her money. Our plan showed her that she could meet her personal needs while having a greater impact on her favorite charity than she thought possible. We’ve since had the privilege of helping her many like-minded friends make a similar impact.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
— Winston Churchill
People acting together as a group can accomplish things which no individual acting alone could ever hope to bring about.
—Franklin D. Roosevelt
Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
—Henry David Thoreau
The greatest wealth is to live content.
It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.