It is always a relief to get your tax return filed and satisfy Uncle Sam for another year. But what about all of the tax documents and records you painstakingly pulled together to prepare the return? And what about all of the other “financial stuff” you have been keeping. Do you really need to keep all of that? The answer is “yes” and “no”… There are two things to consider when determining what to save and what can be discarded. The first is whether or not you will ever need that information in the future (and for how long). The second thing to consider is how to securely store what needs to be retained and dispose of what you can toss. A good organizational system will tackle the first issue (what to save and for how long) in a very systematic way. It may seem painful to set up this system initially, but once it is done and if maintained regularly, you can rest assured that whatever you need will be readily and easily accessible.
Atlanta Financial Press Releases
AFA Partners Selected as Five Star Wealth Managers for Sixth Consecutive Year
Atlanta, GA – November 2, 2017 – Atlanta Financial Associates, an award-winning, independent financial advisory firm, today announced that all three partners— Cathy Miller, Julie Andrews and Rick Henderson—have each received the 2017 Five Star Wealth Manager award* for the greater Atlanta area.
According to Five Star Professional, the Five Star Wealth Manager award is the largest and most widely published wealth manager program in the financial services industry. Award criteria is based on a rigorous, multifaceted research methodology, incorporating input from peers and firm leaders, client retention rates, industry experience and a thorough regulatory history review.
“To receive the Five Star Wealth Manager award once again this year is a true honor,” said Cathy Miller, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®, CDFA™. “It is a testament to our diligence in offering a comprehensive suite of financial services, all of which adhere to the highest standards of our industry.”
Julie Andrews, MBA, CFP®, AIF® added, “This recognition hails our hard work and our deep and caring commitment to our clients. Treating each client as an individual and addressing their unique goals builds trust and longevity, which are hallmarks of Atlanta Financial.”
Celebrating their 25th year in business this year, Atlanta Financial is a full-service financial services firm built on a foundation of trust and respect. Over the years, it has remained on the forefront of providing sophisticated wealth management solutions and advice to grow, manage, preserve and transfer wealth. Atlanta Financial has a tradition of excellence with a focus on value, service and an unparalleled commitment to clients that has helped establish and maintain its good name in the community, as evidenced by the Five Star Wealth Manager awards.
“Atlanta Financial and its staff take great pride in our ability to provide one-on-one support for a client’s investment objectives paired with prudent wealth management and exceptional, personalized service,” said Rick Henderson, CPA, CFP®, AIF®. “Our mission statement, ‘Make Life’s Journey Richer,’ isn’t just a platitude. It’s a deeply honored, personal responsibility to our clients.”
*Based on 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria, including a minimum of 5 years as an active credentialed financial professional, favorable regulatory and complaint history, accepts new clients, client retention rates, client assets administered, education, and professional designations. In2017, 2,378 Atlanta wealth managers were considered for the award; 301 (13 percent of candidates) were named 2017 Five Star Wealth Managers. These awards are not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Your experiences may vary. For more information, please visit.
ABOUT ATLANTA FINANCIAL
Since 1992, people have been turning to the advisors at Atlanta Financial Associates to help them build a wealth management plan that reflects their vision and can stand the test of time. Our ability not only to meet this expectation, but to exceed it, is based in large part on the commitment we make to every one of our relationships. We take the time to understand your full life picture—your values and perspectives, as well as where you are now and where you want to go. Adding to this is the fact that we have access to comprehensive resources, leading technology, and innovative tools. For more information about Atlanta Financial, please visit www.AtlantaFinancial.com.
Securities offered through Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser. Advisory services offered by Atlanta Financial Associates Inc. are separate and unrelated to Commonwealth. Fixed insurance products and services offered through Atlanta Financial Associates, Inc. or CES Insurance Agency.
For most of our lives many of us have heard the old adage “Money can’t buy happiness.” And we can all think of numerous examples of individuals where this certainly seems to be true – whether among the powerful and famous, or within our own family or group of friends. But is that really true? Research over the last few decades suggests “NO!” In fact, many studies show that in one sense money can buy happiness. But it’s not the amount of money we have, but rather how we SPEND our money that can indeed increase our happiness – although perhaps not in the way Madison Avenue or Amazon Prime would like us to think. First, let’s address the skeptics among you who feel sure that if you simply had MORE money you would indeed be happier. Statistics show that certainly isn’t true, since 70% of all lottery winners or those with a sudden financial windfall end up bankrupt within a few years.1 Carl Jung, famous psychologist, said in fact that the keys to happiness were five things.
“How did the new tax bill affect me?” was the question on everyone’s minds this tax season, and for good reason. Even though this was touted as the greatest simplification of the tax code in my lifetime, I didn’t notice any reduction in time spent preparing returns. Those of you who reviewed your returns in detail noticed that the schedules look drastically different although contain all the same information. The short answer for many is that it didn’t materially change your overall tax liability. The outliers fell into one of a few buckets…
No one enjoys thinking about what will happen after they’re gone, but we all want our families to be well cared for. Many people set up trusts to provide for their loved ones, but the trust is only as good as its trustee.Choosing a trustee is one of the more difficult decisions in creating your estate plan. Some attorneys suggest choosing several trustees to promote checks and balances, but sometimes choosing just one trustee can be difficult in light of family relationships and other factors. Choosing a trustee is a very personal and complex decision, but there are some basic guidelines one should consider.