How Estate and Gift Taxes Can Impact Your Financial Plan

Tom Fridrich, JD, CLU, ChFC®, Manager and Senior Wealth Planner Giving something you own to someone else. It’s a simple, human act – one that seems like it shouldn’t take too much planning to do it correctly. But when does gifting become a tax issue? What do you need to consider about gifti …

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Market Commentary: Good News Is Good News

In 2022, positive economic data typically led to a sell-off in the stock market, and weak data often led to a rally. This was due to the overriding worry that better data meant the Federal Reserve would hike rates and weak data meant it might cut. That wasn’t normal market behavior, and we …

Memory Lane and Financial Planning

By Nick Gertsema, CFP®, ChFC®, RICP®, AIF®, CEO & Wealth Advisor  I had some time to sit East of St. Joseph where I had a great panoramic view of the part of town I grew up in. As I looked to the right, I saw the steeple of Wyatt Park Baptist Church. My mind immediately …

Facts Vs Feelings Take 5 – Stocks At All-Time Highs, Now What?

It took more than two years, but the S&P 500 hit another all-time high last week. With stocks up significantly, many investors are asking whether or not to worry. Join Carson Group’s Chief Market Strategist Ryan Detrick and VP, Global Macro Strategist Sonu Varghese for their insights. H …

Applying to College? These Changes to the FAFSA May Affect You

By Ryan Egolf, EA, Senior Tax Planner If you or your children are in the college hunt, the prospect of paying for school could be disheartening given its alarming price tag. The Education Data Initiative estimates the average annual cost of public college in the United States to be more tha …

What Documents You Should Provide to Your Tax Preparer

Mike Valenti, CPA, CFP®, Director of Tax Planning Tom Fridrich, JD, CLU, ChFC®, Senior Wealth Planner It’s January, so it’s officially tax season! One of the most common client questions heard by tax preparers is, “So, what do you need from me?” The short answer to that question is often, “ …

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