On-Demand Webinar, "Last Minute Tax Moves: What Advisors Need to Know"

Covisum is hosting a free webinar on December 5 at 11:00 a.m. Central Time where advisors can learn how to optimize year-end tax opportunities for clients. Your clients have until the end of the year to harvest from an IRA, execute a Roth conversion, or take a capital loss. Join Joe Elsasser, CFP®, President and Founder of Covisum for this timely discussion. 

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Posted in Webinar, On-Demand Webcast, Taxes, Tax, Joe Elsasser, Tax Clarity

Forbes Finance Council: Three Reasons A Gig Economy Is Overvalued

In a recent article for Forbes, Covisum President, Joe Elsasser, CFP®, suggests that despite a recent resurgence, the gig economy may not be nearly as beneficial for the individual or the company as previously suggested. 

While a gig economy lowers fixed costs for businesses and provides more autonomy for people to do the work they want to do, the negatives far outweigh the benefits. Here's an excerpt:

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Posted in Forbes, Joe Elsasser, gig economy

Technology Tools for Today: Covisum tools make it easy

Covisum tools make it easy to provide Social Security advice, model future tax situations and give more realistic estimates of downside portfolio risk

Recently, Bob Veres spoke with Covisum Founder and President, Joe Elsasser, CFP®. Here's the recap published in Technology Tools for Today.

Why does Covisum focus on providing tools for financial advisors who specialize in pre-retirement and retirement planning?
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Posted in In The News, Joe Elsasser, Tax Clarity, Social Security Timing, SmartRisk, financial advisor, Advisor

Hidden Value: 4 Ways Advisors Can Support Clients With Dementia

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 he offers suggestions for financial advisors who may be advising an elderly client in the early stages of dementia. Advisors can do a few things to make this difficult situation easier and add additional value to their most vulnerable clients. 

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Posted in Hidden Value, Joe Elsasser, ThinkAdvisor, Clients, financial advisor

Forbes Finance Council: Why Your Financial Advisor Should Tell You What You Need To Hear-Not What You Want

In a recent article for Forbes, Covisum President, Joe Elsasser, CFP®, highlighted the benefits of choosing a planning-oriented advisor who will encourage you to make smarter financial decisions.

Planning-oriented advisors are particularly adept at seeing the big picture. They ask their clients the tough questions to help them see the impact of every financial decision and how those decisions impact long-term financial goals.  

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Posted in Forbes, Joe Elsasser, financial advisor, Advisor, Clients

Hidden Value: Beware the Social Security Tax Torpedo

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 he discusses how combinations of different retirement incomes can create ugly distortions in tax rates. 

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Posted in ThinkAdvisor, Hidden Value, Joe Elsasser, Taxes, Retirement, Tax Clarity

Hidden Value: How to Help Retirees Pick the Right Life Insurance

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 help clients pick the right life insurance. 

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Posted in ThinkAdvisor, Hidden Value, Joe Elsasser, Retirement, life insurance

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

Will Siri take your job?

Technology and the future of your practice

Technology is advancing faster than ever before. Who knew that dial-up internet would morph into voice assistants like Siri and Alexa? For financial advisors, this breakneck pace makes you wonder: is a nameless robo-advisor after my clients, or are clients just going to start asking Siri for financial advice?

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Posted in niche, video, Joe Elsasser, Webinar, Webcast, Income Planning Tool, FinTech, Industry Advice

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