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.
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Atlanta Financial Partners Julianne Andrews, Rick Henderson and Cathy Miller Named Five Star Wealth Managers for Seventh Consecutive Year
Atlanta, GA – December 4, 2018 – Atlanta Financial Associates, an award-winning, independent financial advisory firm, today announced that all three partners— Cathy Miller, Julie Andrews and Rick Henderson—have individually received the 2018 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.
“We are each incredibly honored to receive the Five Star Wealth Manager award once again this year,” said Rick Henderson, CPA, CFP®, AIF®. “The recognition underscores our deep commitment to providing clients with the highest quality suite of financial services available delivered with unparalleled personalized advice and guidance to live the life they envision.”
As an award-winning financial services advisory firm with more than twenty-five years in business, Atlanta Financial’s success is built on establishing trusting relationships, a commitment to clients’ success, and a depth of expertise across the financial industry. Through many years of market cycles, shifts and turns, the firm has remained a leader in wealth management solutions.
Today, Atlanta Financial is “Making Life’s Journey Richer” for clients by focusing on their individual and unique goals, a practice credited with earning each partner the 2018 Five Star Wealth Manager award.
“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…
What would you do if you received a major financial windfall? Would you buy a new house or vacation home, give some to your family members, donate to your favorite charity, or take the trip(s) that you have always dreamed about?While most people will not receive a major financial windfall during their lives, it is not uncommon. You might receive a financial windfall by:
When I first sit down with prospective new clients to learn about their finances, one of the most common issues we come across is how spread out investment accounts are. We may have a brokerage account here, an IRA there and, very often, an old 401(K) or two still sitting in a previous employer’s plan. There are plenty of reasons why a 401(K) may be left behind with a prior employer – it could have gotten lost in the shuffle of beginning a new job, it may have just seemed like too much of a hassle to move the plan, or perhaps you took the time to roll the plan into an IRA but your employer made subsequent contributions you didn’t know about. These accounts, affectionately referred to as “orphans,” are becoming more and more common given the increasing frequency of job-hopping, especially among Millennials. So, who do these orphan accounts belong to and more importantly, what can be done about them?