Think for a few moments about your financial goals—they might include saving for a comfortable retirement, preparing for your children’s college education, purchasing a primary or second home, or leaving a legacy to the broader community. Everyone has goals like these, even though they can sometimes take a back seat to day-to-day concerns. A financial adviser’s job is to help you clarify those goals and turn them into a reality, says Brian King, wealth manager at Plancorp. “The goals are set by the clients, and it’s our job to discover them. We’re here to do a reality check, look at those goals and educate our clients about opportunities to achieve them.”
Elizabeth Marie DiLoreto & Jordan Keith Strope
To date, the Ebola virus has infected approximately 9,000 people and killed at least 4,500 in several West African countries. The numbers continue to rise exponentially. The Centers for Disease Control says in a worst-case scenario, the infected numbers could balloon to 1.4 million by mid-January.
Caring for an aging loved one can be a daunting task. And when that task becomes too difficult for family members, they often turn to a health-care provider. But how can a family determine the best type of long-term care for their relative?
A sluggish economy has hurt nonprofits since the recession—with cutbacks in government funding, a decrease in giving from both small and large donors, and increased demand, especially for nonprofits in the social services.
Despite an economic recession, the nation's net worth has increased by $23 trillion during the past 15 years, according to the Federal Reserve. And as Americans' financial assets grow, many may be asking themselves, Where should I invest my wealth?
Imagine 100 people who start working at age 25. “By age 65, 1 percent will be considered wealthy; 4 percent will have enough money saved for retirement; 3 percent will still be working; 63 percent will be dependent on Social Security, friends, relatives or charity; and 29 percent will be dead,” says Alan Skrainka, chief investment officer at Cornerstone Wealth Management and author of the book Principle Based Investing: A Sensible Guide to Investment Success. “That’s frightening stuff. So I’m on a mission, trying to save the world—one investor at a time.”
No matter the size of a donation, when someone gives money to charity, they have some level of confidence that it will be used for a specific purpose. And that expectation only grows with the size of the gift, particularly if there’s a donor agreement in place. The book, Abusing Donor Intent: The Robertson Family’s Epic Lawsuit Against Princeton University, was written by Doug White, director for the Master of Science in Fundraising Management program at Columbia University. In it, he digs into a high-profile case where the donors accused the university of misusing their charitable gift. We asked the author about the case, its implications, and steps donors should take before giving their hard-earned funds—no matter how noble the cause.
Perhaps you purchased the right painting at the right time. That is a possible outcome of investing in collectibles—and so is having a basement full of Beanie Babies.
Meghan Christina Blase and Charles Brian Flynn
You’ve worked hard building your career, raising your children and accumulating assets. Now, you’re entering into a second marriage…Should a prenuptial agreement be part of the equation to protect these important parts of your life?
In support of the expansive, publicly funded St. Louis County Library (SLCL)—which includes its headquarters and 19 branches—there is the SLCL Foundation, which works to fill in gaps in funding and other resources.
From walking up the red carpet to strutting down the runway, kids will be in the spotlight at the Friends of Kids with Cancer Fashion Show and Boutique on Nov. 6 at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. “It’s like the Academy Awards,” says executive director Judy Ciapciak.
If anyone can outwit Father Time, it just might be Ellen Port, who recently won her ninth Missouri Women’s Golf Association Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of Creekmoor in Raymore.
If you’ve been watching the returns on your savings account lately, you might have noticed the numbers are not as high as they once were. The historically low prime rate, which gets passed along to the rates that savers earn from their banks, has many consumers wondering, Where can I find higher yield?
The Acropolis has stood in Athens for more than 1,000 years. That symbol became the inspiration for the name and philosophy behind Acropolis Investment Management. “We liked the idea of a strong, safe place that serves as the citadel during good and bad times,” says David Ott.
When it comes to saving, things can get a lot more complicated than clipping coupons and knowing how to balance a checkbook. For many, adopting bad routines can stop the balance in your bank account mid-climb. Three area financial advisers spoke to LN about bad habits they see that can prevent you from building wealth—and how to break them.
Marilyn Bush recites a favorite quote by author and activist Alice Walker: The most common way people give up power is thinking they don’t have any. Bush, senior VP at Bank of America, is dedicated to empowering women to form strong relationships with each other while contributing to the community.
Last fall, Bud Drennan was raking leaves in his yard when he took a step back and thought, Maybe I’ve had enough of this. The retired Merrill Lynch stock broker had lived in his house for 48 years, but had been there by himself since his wife succumbed to Alzheimer’s seven years earlier. “Once I made up my mind, the question became, Do I want to buy a condo in Clayton? Or do I just want to make one leap?”
People are living longer, often creating more time to enjoy retirement. But with these additional golden years also comes the need to finance them. That’s why local financial advisers remind older adults that it’s never too late to plan for retirement.
Whether you have an infant, toddler or teen, most mothers—at some time—consider a return to the working world. This decision, however, often is accompanied by contradictory feelings. Guilt that you will be away from your children, relief that you will be away from your kids—or guilt that you might actually feel relieved.
Everyone’s got a past. But, of course, some are just naturally more interesting than others. Three area realtors opened up to LN about how they got to where they are today, and how they transfer the skills they gained in previous careers to give them an edge in real estate industry.