TheStreet: How Does Social Security Calculate My Benefit Check?

TheStreet readers ask about how to get the biggest Social Security checks possible. Robert Powell gets answers from the experts.


Posted in Bipartisan Budget Act, In The News, Social Security, Joe Elsasser, Social Security Benefits, TheStreet Social Security Tax Management Moves Upstream 

Covisum President Joe Elsasser, CFP® recently contributed an article to explaining how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act represents a relatively significant tax cut for many retirees, but there are opportunities for advisors to help clients visualize the new tax landscape and make better decisions about which income streams to use at different points in retirement.


Posted in In The News, Social Security, Joe Elsasser, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, New Tax Law,

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.


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

The Tax Landscape in 2018

The U.S. tax landscape is changing. Last week, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed into law. It is clear that there is a need for members of the general public to understand the changes and how those changes impact their personal situations. Financial advisors are faced with a choice – either take proactive steps to first become educated on the new laws, and then identify specific opportunities for their clients, or risk losing clients to other proactive advisors who choose the first path. 


Posted in Tax Clarity, Tax Reform, Joe Elsasser, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Tax Law

How New Tax Law Will Impact How You Help Clients

By Joe Elsasser, CFP®, president of Covisum

For all the talk about how the Trump tax plan, the House plan and the Senate plan change the current tax system, there has been little talk about just how similar they are to the current structure. For mass-affluent retirees and the advisors who serve them, the future is highly similar to the past — rich with opportunities to help clients

The tax plans don’t change the fundamental concepts in the current tax system. Here, we break it down by those


Posted in Tax Clarity, Tax Reform, Trump, Joe Elsasser

Live webcast: with the creators of SmartRisk

Advisors, you’ve come to the right place. Join Joe Elsasser, CFP® and Ron Piccinini, PhD, live on November 9 at 3:00 p.m. Central, as they answer your questions about SmartRisk.


Posted in SmartRisk, Webcast, Joe Elsasser, Ron Piccinini, PhD

Covisum's president, Joe Elsasser, CFP®, featured in Financial Planning

It's no secret, Joe Elsasser, our company president uses Covisum technology to reinforce measurable value for his own clients in his personal financial practice. He was recently quoted in Financial Planning:


Posted in Software Programs, FinTech, Financial Planning, Technology, Tech, Joe Elsasser, Referals