Author Archives: Naomi Wolowitz

In September 2022, the Federal Reserve Bank raised interest rates for the fifth time this year while indicating plans for additional rate hikes as inflation persists. This latest 0.75 percentage point rate hike brings the federal funds rate to a range of 3 percent to 3.25 percent, up from zero at the start of the […]

The threat of tax increases and a reduction to the federal estate tax exemption is something high-net-worth families must always take into consideration when planning for wealth preservation. One strategy investors and family offices are increasingly relying on to prepare for an eventual shift in tax policy is private placement life insurance (PPLI). The traditional […]

We had our mid-term elections for 2022, and China had it’s National People Congress which is held every 5 years in October. In this episode, the relatable finance guys go over the differences between our political system here in the U.S., versus that of China’s. These differences are also central to some of the global […]

Just as annual medical check-ups help you maintain proper health, regular insurance plan reviews can provide invaluable benefits. Evaluating current insurance policies once a year or every two years can help to ensure your policies keep up with your changing circumstances and may even result in re-rated and reduced premiums. Too often, individuals purchase insurance […]

Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror and another year is quickly coming to an end, leaving investors with a limited amount of time to maximize their retirement savings in the most tax efficient manner. Following are some steps to consider taking before Dec. 31. Max out your contribution to a workplace 401(k) retirement plan. For 2022, […]

In this episode, the relatable finance guys look at studies that tie rising income to increased happiness but only to a certain income threshold. They then give six financial tips you can use to improve your financial lives.

Like many estate-planning strategies, the decision of whether to invest in a traditional 401(k) retirement savings plan or a Roth 401(k) comes down to taxes. More specifically, does it make more sense for you to pay taxes on your withdrawals in the future after you reach 59½ years old, or on the contributions you make […]

It’s no secret that taxes can take one of the biggest bites out of your investment returns. Consequently, it’s important to thoroughly analyze the short- and long-term tax implications of your investment decisions with an eye toward achieving tax alpha, or the added value that comes from implementing strategies that effectively reduce tax burdens on […]

The Fed has been pulling away much of the stimulus provided during the pandemic in an effort to help quell inflationary pressures. While these efforts will slow the U.S. economy, they also create challenges for international economies given the dollar role as the worlds reserve currency. In this episode, the finance guys explore some of […]

The equity markets provide investors with opportunities to build wealth, but not without risks. Before putting any money into the public markets or any investment vehicles, you should take the time to consider your long-term goals, risk tolerance and time horizon. When these factors are accounted for in a well-thought-out strategy, you may be better […]