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Big Giving in Uncertain Times

We all fear uncertainty, but in volatile times, many Big Givers are particularly nervous. When primarily using wealth to support causes you care about, it’s natural to wonder “Are we going to be ok?” “What if we need those funds?” “Can we continue with these large gifts?” First, we should first acknowledge that these concerns are normal. Then, we can ask two key questions back.

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Should I Leave Washington State to Avoid the Estate Tax?

How much of our nest egg will be lost to estate taxes when we pass? Is there anything we can do? Would moving to another state help? Washingtonians face an additional burden because Washington adds a 10-20% state estate tax on top of federal estate taxes. So, is moving to another state the only solution? Before you put up that for sale sign, here are a few other options to consider.

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Person to Person Charity – What Is It and Why Should You Consider It?

When you think of charity, what comes to mind? Do you think of non-profits – organizations taking on major challenges and trying to make a difference? True! Many charitable contributions aim to give from your resources to fund groups who seek to meet the needs of others – and, as an incentive, you usually get a tax deduction for your contribution! But what if we simply define charity as giving to those in need? This opens a new world of philanthropy many find brings deep fulfillment and makes a difference. We call it Person-to-Person Charity.

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Should you really stay the course?

Whether you’re retired and living on portfolio income or just starting your investment journey, big market swings are always unsettling. So why do you always hear that you should “stay the course” or “ride it out” when it comes to the stock market, volatility and long-term investing? To some, it probably sounds like a standard… Read More »

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6 Money Habits to Teach Your Kids

Parents have a lot to deal with. You’re feeding, clothing, cleaning, running back and forth to practices…all the while trying to find teachable moments – windows of opportunity to train the adults they will become. No easy task, especially with a topic like money.

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