Hidden Value: How do you compare two financial plans?

Hidden Value is a new column in ThinkAdvisor where Joe Elsasser, CFP®, answers common questions with insights advisors and their clients may not have considered. This week Joe tackles how to compare two financial plans. 

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Posted in ThinkAdvisor, Joe Elsasser, Hidden Value, Financial Planning

Forbes Finance Council: Key Questions to Ask When Choosing a Niched Financial Advisor

In a recent article for Forbes, Covisum President, Joe Elsasser, CFP®, touts the many benefits of choosing a niched financial practice. 

Niched financial practices have defined specifically which clients they will work with and what services they can provide to make them the best option for those clients. Choosing an advisor who focuses on your particular niche is crucial when it comes to understanding your specific needs and answering any questions you may have comprehensively. 

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Posted in Forbes, Joe Elsasser, Financial Planning, In The News, niche

Review this checklist before hosting your next seminar

Posted on June 20, 2018

When done correctly, educational seminars are a great way to attract new clients. Start the planning process by reviewing this checklist and make your next seminar a success.

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Posted in Marketing, Marketing Strategies, seminar, Financial Planning, Grow your business

These 4 tips will make planning your next seminar easy

Posted on May 30, 2018

Hosting educational seminars can be an effective way to grow your business and get you back on track to reach your 2018 goals. We want to help you grow your business. 

It’s not too late to plan an educational seminar to attract new clients. Here are the four things you should do to make your next seminar a success and put your 2018 goals back into focus.

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Posted in Client Events, Marketing, seminar, Financial Planning, Clients, Grow your business

A flaw with bucket strategies and retirement planning

Joe Elsasser, CFP®, President of Covisum

The bucket strategy is designed to break a retiree’s assets into "buckets" based upon when those buckets are expected to be used to provide retirement income. The buckets nearest today are invested conservatively so that market fluctuations will have little impact on the retiree’s ability to draw a predictable amount from them. The investments in later buckets are invested more aggressively, with the expectation that a higher risk level should provide

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Posted in Financial Planning, Bucket Strategies

On-Demand Webinar, "Tax Law 2018: What Advisors Need to Know"

Do you have clients who don’t understand the relationship between ordinary and capital incomes? If you do, they could be on their way to potentially significant tax inefficiency in their retirement strategy.

Recently, President of Covisum Joe Elsasser, CFP®, RHU®, REBC® and Dave Cechanowicz, JD, MSFS, AIF® AEP and Senior Financial Planner with REDW Stanley hosted a webinar discussing how to capitalize on opportunities from the change in the tax law. The webinar was written about in "

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Posted in New Tax Law, Retirement Planning, Tax Law, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Taxes, Joe Elsasser, Financial Planning, Webinar, Tax Clarity, PLANADVISOR, ThinkAdvisor

ThinkAdvisor: 4 Tips for Navigating Clients’ Tax Questions

Yesterday, Joe Elsasser, CFP®, RHU®, REBC® and President of Covisum and Dave Cechanowicz, JD, MSFS, AIF® AEP and Senior Financial Planner with REDW Stanley hosted a free webinar discussing how to capitalize on opportunities from the change in the tax law. ThinkAdvisor attended and provided this summary article, "4 Tips for Navigating Clients' Tax Questions."

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Posted in ThinkAdvisor, New Tax Law, Retirement Planning, Tax Law, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Taxes, Joe Elsasser, Financial Planning, Webinar, Tax Clarity, In The News

Tax law 2018: what financial advisors need to know

Covisum is hosting a free webinar on January 30 at 11 a.m. Central where advisors can learn how to capitalize on opportunities from the change in the tax law. Hear from Joe Elsasser, CFP®, RHU®, REBC® and President of Covisum and Dave Cechanowicz, JD, MSFS, AIF® AEP and Senior Financial Planner with REDW Stanley, in this must-attend webinar.

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Posted in New Tax Law, Tax Law, Retirement Planning, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Taxes, Joe Elsasser, Financial Planning, Tax Map, Tax Reform, Tax Clarity, Tax, Webinar

Join us for a live demonstration of Tax Clarity

Covisum's mission is to improve lives through better decisions. Advisors and financial institutions rely on us to help them guide their clients to make the best financial decisions. That's why we create software and reports that visually illustrate the value of a good decision. Advisors can quickly recognize and identify opportunities to save their clients from leaving significant money on the table.  

Learn more about how we can support you and your business at one of our upcoming live

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Posted in New Tax Law, Tax Law, Features, Grow your business, Advisor, Clients, Financial Planning, Demo, Webinar, Support, Training, Tax Reform, Tax Map, Tax Clarity, Tax, Software Programs

5 Things To Start, Stop, And Keep Doing With Your Financial Practice In 2018

The New Year traditionally brings resolutions, some of which actually will be kept. Financial advisors should go beyond promising to lose weight and work out more to think about ways to build their business. Here are some suggestions:

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Posted in Marketing Strategies, Marketing, Downside Risk, Risk, Retirement Planning, Financial Planning, Social Security Benefits