CNBC: Your Social Security check could be 2.8 percent bigger next year

A recent article from CNBC says Social Security checks will likely increase next year. A 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment has been estimated by The Senior Citizens League. If the estimate is correct, the increase will be the highest bump retirees have seen in recent years.

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Posted in In The News, Social Security, Joe Elsasser, Social Security Benefits, CNBC

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

ThinkAdvisor: A Major Shift is Coming in How Advisors Use Fintech

In a recent article for ThinkAdvisor, Covisum President, Joe Elsasser, CFP®, suggested that full integration will overtake open architecture as the theme of the next decade. 

When financial tech begins to provide full integration, it will enable greater efficiency and the ability to provide mass-customization processes in financial firms. Highly customized, quality advice will be more affordable to the mass affluent, while still adding value for the consumer.

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Posted in In The News, FinTech, Tech, Joe Elsasser, ThinkAdvisor

Forbes Finance Council: the truth about portfolio risk exposure

Posted on June 22, 2018

In a recent article for Forbes, Covisum President, Joe Elsasser, CFP®, addressed common misconceptions surrounding financial risk and the dangers of relying on an outdated financial risk model. 

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Posted in In The News, portfolio risk, Joe Elsasser, Forbes

ThinkAdvisor: Covisum's advisor and quant discuss the benefits and risks of ESG investing

Posted on June 14, 2018

In an ongoing series exclusive to ThinkAdvisor, Joe Elsasser, CFP® and Ron Piccinini, PhD provide readers with two distinct perspectives on the same topic. This week, we asked Joe and Ron to discuss, the benefits and risks of ESG investing.

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Posted in In The News, Joe Elsasser, Ron Piccinini, PhD, Advisor, Quant, ThinkAdvisor, The Advisor & The Quant

USA Today: Social Security Q&A

Posted on June 11, 2018

Covisum President, Joe Elsasser, CFP®, was recently quoted in a Social Security Q&A in  USA Today

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Posted in In The News, Social Security, Joe Elsasser, Social Security Benefits

A closer look at the new Tax Clarity updates: pass-through deduction

Posted on June 07, 2018

At the beginning of April, Covisum rolled out four new features to the Tax Clarity® software. The new pass-through deduction feature is particularly important for advisors with certain clients who own small businesses. The update allows advisors to demonstrate the impact of the deduction for pass-through income and the phase-out of the deduction under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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Posted in Blog, In The News, Tax, Tax Clarity, Tax Reform, Taxes, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, FinancialPlannng

ThinkAdvisor: Covisum's advisor and quant discuss how to manage sequence of returns risk in retirement planning

Posted on May 01, 2018

In an ongoing series exclusive to ThinkAdvisor, Joe Elsasser, CFP® and Ron Piccinini, PhD provide readers with two distinct perspectives on the same topic. Check out the most recent installment, "How do you manage sequence of returns risk in retirement planning?" 

In this edition, Joe and Ron discuss how to protect clients from a down market in the crucial early withdrawal years.

Joe's response included:

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Posted in In The News, Joe Elsasser, Ron Piccinini, PhD, ThinkAdvisor, The Advisor & The Quant

Investors Chronicle highlights SmartRisk

Investors Chronicle published an article, "Alpha Portfolios: Appreciating Real Tactical Risk" by James Norrington on April 13, 2018.

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Posted in In The News, Smart Risk, Investors Chronicle, InvestmentNews

WealthManagement.com: Explain Risk To Clients Now

Covisum President Joe Elsasser, CFP® recently contributed an article to WealthManagement.com, "Explain Risk To Clients Now," discussing how clients often have unrealistic downside expectations and some of the possible investment mistakes that can be made without properly analyzing their portfolio. He answers questions about effectively estimating a client's risk, what clients need to know about risk, how much a portfolio could lose in a particular period, diversification, and historical

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Posted in In The News, Risk, portfolio risk, Joe Elsasser, Downside Risk, Risk Tolerance, WealthManagement.com