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
Atlanta Financial’s Cathy Miller Receives the Women’s Choice Award® as Highly Recommended Financial Advisor by Women for Women
Atlanta – July 27, 2017 – Atlanta Financial Associates, an independent financial advisory firm, today announced that Cathy C. Miller, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®, CDFA™, has received the Women’s Choice Award ® for Financial Advisors and Firms. As the leading advocate for female consumers, WomenCertified Inc. selected Miller based on rigorous research, 17 objective criteria and additional points of reference that provided feedback regarding her service and practices.
The Women’s Choice Award is the only recognition program for well-qualified advisors who are committed to the women’s market and serving their female clients. Achieving this award reaffirms the commitment Miller has to extraordinary service in addressing the financial needs of women and their families.
“I am honored to be recognized by women as a financial advisor for women,” said Miller. “I continue to be passionate about helping women make smart decisions to ensure a successful financial future.”
Recent studies indicate the following in regards to women and their finances:
- Only 35 percent of women use a professional financial advisor, with most (79 percent) using an advisor for retirement investment recommendations only.*
- In the U.S., women control about $11.2 trillion of the nation’s investable assets (39 percent of the country’s estimated $28.6 trillion of investable assets). Nearly half of that is managed solely by women.***
- Fewer than two in 10 women feel “very prepared” to make wise financial decisions. Half indicate that they “need some help,” and one-third feel that they “need a lot of help.”****
As the financial industry wakes up to the fact that a great majority of the female population are seeking advisors they can trust and greatly value financial security, WomenCertified Inc. has created the solution. This powerful, national initiative distinguishes advisors who support female consumers in their quest for financial education. WomenCertified, was created by Delia Passi, the leading advocate for female consumers and former group publisher of Working Woman and Working Mother magazines. Passi has created the Women’s Choice Award for Financial Advisors in an effort to help women identify those advisors who are committed to providing quality service. The award allows this outstanding group of advisors to showcase their commitment to the women’s market, while giving potential clients a starting point for entrusting their finances to an advisor.
ABOUT ATLANTA FINANCIAL ASSOCIATES
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.
Atlanta Financial Associates’ address is 5901-B Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, Suite 275, Atlanta, GA 30328. The phone for the branch is 770.261.5380. Securities offered through Commonwealth Financial Network, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser. Fixed insurance products and services and advisory services offered by Atlanta Financial Associates, Inc. are separate and unrelated to Commonwealth.
ABOUT THE WOMEN’S CHOICE AWARD
The Women’s Choice Award® Financial Advisor program was created by WomenCertified Inc., the Voice of Women, in an effort to help women make smart financial choices. The Women’s Choice Award Financial Program is based on 17 objective criteria associated with providing quality service to women clients, such as credentials, experience, and a favorable regulatory history, among other factors. Financial advisors do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Women’s Choice Award Financial Advisors, though they may have paid a basic program fee to cover the cost of their client survey. The inclusion of a financial advisor within the Women’s Choice Award Financial Advisor network should not be construed as an endorsement of the financial advisor by WomenCertified Inc. or its partners and affiliates and is no guarantee as to future investment success. Women’s Choice Award® Financial Advisors and Firms represent less than 1% of financial advisors in the U.S. As of February 2017, of the 815 considered for the Women’s Choice Award, 146 were named Women’s Choice Award Financial Advisors/Firms. For more information, please visit www.womenschoiceaward.com/.
** 14th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey of Workers (2014)
***Source: Harnessing the Power of the Purse, by the Center for Talent Innovation 2014
****Source: Financial Experience &Behaviors Among Women, 2010−2011 Prudential Research Study (article breaking it down here).
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.