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Six Ways Women Can Gain More Financial Security

These Money Moves Can Empower Women to Take Control of Their Financial Futures
By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA
Tuesday, 19 April 2022

Six Ways Women Can Gain More Financial Security

It’s no secret that women have come a long way in terms of gaining power and agency in society, and with that has come more financial security, too. What it means to be a woman now is a very different concept than what it meant to be a woman in the 1950s. And while this progress is definitely something we should celebrate, the updated concept of “the modern woman” comes with its own stifling definitions. Today’s women feel the pressure to juggle many different identities: the doting wife, the nurturing mother, the selfless caregiver, and the career woman.

Four Common Reasons Family Wealth Transfers Fail

Avoid These Common Pitfalls for a Successful Wealth Transfer
By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA
Tuesday, 05 April 2022

Four Common Reasons Family Wealth Transfers Fail

The United States is in the midst of a massive wealth transfer from Baby Boomers to Gen Xers and Millennials – to the tune of $68 trillion – with Gen Xers set to be the primary beneficiaries of this transfer. With that much money on the line, it’s crucial that the transition of these assets is done thoughtfully, with deliberate and careful planning ahead of time. Regardless of the size of your family’s portfolio, having a smart wealth transfer plan in place should be an essential part of your financial plan.

A legacy plan ensures that all of your hard-earned assets will transfer to people and organizations in accordance with your wishes, and it prepares your heirs to inherit and execute your wishes, too. This can be a complicated process, and it’s easy to make mistakes. Here are four common missteps that you should keep in mind as you put together a wealth transfer plan for your family.

Estate Planning Considerations for Single Parents

What to Think About as You Make These Important Decisions
By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA
Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Estate Planning Considerations for Single Parents

Estate planning is often a difficult and emotional task. If you’re a single parent, however, the process of estate planning can become even more challenging to navigate. When your child is fully dependent on you to take care of them, it can feel like the stakes are even higher as you make plans for the unthinkable.

Prepare Your Finances to Welcome a New Baby

Wealth Management Steps to Consider for Each Trimester
By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA
Wednesday, 09 March 2022

Prepare Your Finances to Welcome a New Baby

It’s no secret that raising a child is an expensive endeavor, which is one reason it’s important to prepare your finances to welcome a new baby. The last time the U.S. Department of Agriculture put out a report that calculated the average cost to raise a child to adulthood, it estimated that it would cost around $233,610 – and that was in 2015. If we adjust this estimation for inflation, then we can expect to spend around $272,049 to raise a child in 2022.

That’s a pretty significant chunk of money, especially considering all the other costs that go into having a family, such as financially supporting yourself (and possibly your partner), paying a mortgage or monthly rent, staying on top of bills, taking a vacation once in a while, and saving for the future – just to name a few. If you plan on having more than one child or you’re determined to help pay for your child’s college education, then it becomes even more imperative that you plan ahead to help ease your future financial stress.

If you are expecting, here are some steps you can take each trimester so that you and your family can feel more prepared as you get closer to the big day.

Conversations for Financial Professionals Podcast

Kathy Longo on the 'Conversations for Financial Professionals Podcast'
By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA
Thursday, 03 March 2022

Conversations for Financial Professionals Podcast

The Jumpstart Coaching Lab focuses on helping you provide financial advice that will impact lives and change family trees. Kathy Longo joins Dominique Henderson, CFP on an episode of the  'Conversations for Financial Professionals Podcast' that is shaping the next generation of financial advice. 

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