Every year, countless Americans with dementia fall victim to financial fraud and abuse. They face an increased risk of being taken advantage of due to their diminished ability to detect willful deceit and understand finances.
Most CPAs and wealth management providers would love to find a way to grow their businesses in a sustainable manner. One solution we don’t often think about is right in front of our noses – especially now, as cold and flu season has arrived.
Ever wonder what separates the most successful CPAs and financial advisors from the pack? Many industry-leading firms attribute their success to their ability to get the most out of year-end planning meetings and tax-season meetings with their clients.
Personal financial planning is nothing less than taking total personal responsibility for one’s life and to make and honor important promises to the people one loves. 1st Global Chairman and CEO Tony Batman shares how, during an epic battle against Stage 3 cancer, having a complete financial plan in place helped save his life.
Each household in America carries roughly $114,000 in debt ($13 trillion divided by the total number of households counted in the 2010 Census). Whether you cater to the affluent or have a lower-income client base, debt is a reality for nearly all of your clients.
Whether you own a local mom-and-pop store or run a global enterprise, all businesses that achieve sustainable growth have one important attribute in common – they never lose sight of “why” they are in the business.
In the face of rising competition, a stagnant economy and increasing demands from clients, successful CPA firms of the future will have to leverage their value and expertise to position themselves as the premier strategic partner for financial solutions.
Plan sponsors typically rely on financial advisors or retirement plan consultants to benchmark their plans and evaluate plan providers. So it is vital for advisors who serve the retirement plan marketplace to have an in-depth understanding of what must be reviewed.
While small business owners typically use defined-contribution plans with an elective deferral feature to provide retirement benefits to employees, defined-benefit plans may be ideal for small-business owners over 50 who are interested in saving a substantial amount of money for retirement in a short time period.
Now more than ever, clients approaching the retirement red-zone want to consolidate their financial services with a single trusted advisor. They want a firm that has the ability to craft solutions for a wide spectrum of financial planning and tax issues.
Leaders of market-dominating CPA firms report that the Golden Age for the CPA profession, the period of high growth from 2002 through 2007, will not be repeated. Additional revenue sources must be sought to achieve profitable growth.
Periodic client review meetings give CPAs and financial advisors the opportunity to put all their tools to work. They’re a good way to reconnect with your clients after tax season and continue to build and strengthen the relationship you have with each other.
Results of the IPT's Elder Investment Fraud and Financial Exploitation Survey reveal that 84 percent of respondents who deal with investment fraud/financial exploitation of senior citizens agree that the problem is getting worse.
Creating top-of-mind awareness of the solutions your firm offers is an essential ingredient in the success of any wealth management firm. Consistent marketing of these solutions can be the key difference between a marginal wealth management firm and a hugely successful one.
Following up on the success of his popular High Impact Excel session, this time around David H. Ringstrom, CPA turns his attention to pivot tables. In one hour you'll learn how to whip unwieldy data into shape, and then quickly build meaningful reports by dragging and dropping with your mouse. David will also discuss techniques for improving pivot table data integrity. Detailed handouts with numbered steps will be provided for a variety of Excel versions.