WealthManagement.com: Is Social Security Benefit Planning Disappearing?

Covisum President Joe Elsasser, CFP® recently contributed an article to WealthManagement.com explaining explaining the value of Social Security benefit planning. When lawmakers passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, predictions circulated that the practice of helping clients maximize their Social Security benefits would wither and possibly even die. But optimizing Social Security benefit withdraws is still a relevant way to add to the bottom line of your clients’ retirement strategy.


Posted in In The News, Social Security, Joe Elsasser, WealthManagement.com

How risky is Warren's publicly traded sock portfolio?

Our in-house risk expert, Ron Piccinini, PhD plugged this well-known portfolio into SmartRisk (excluding the "others" portfolio). What did he find? 


The impact of tax reform on "Consider This" with Cathy Wyatt and Joe Elsasser

On February 9, Joe Elsasser, CFP® and President of Covisum appeared on "Consider This" on NET to discuss the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Watch the full interview here:


Posted in In The News, Tax Reform, Joe Elsasser, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Tax Law, New Tax Law, video, NET

ThinkAdvisor asks the advisor and the quant: What are ‘fat tails’ and why do they matter?

Joe Elsasser, CFP® and Ron Piccinini, PhD were recently featured in a ThinkAdvisor article, "The Advisor and the Quant: What are 'fat tails' and why do they matter?"

We asked both Joe and Ron to answer this question: What are 'fat tails' and why do they matter?

In an ongoing series exclusive to ThinkAdvisor, Joe and Ron will continue to provide readers with two distinct perspectives on the same topic – one from an academic, the other from a practicing financial advisor. 


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

Setting proper downside risk expectations during market volatility 

This just in from FinancialPlanning:

The Dow finished the day down by 1,032.95 points, or 4.15% at 23,849.23 — down 2,767 points, or 10.4%. A drop of 10% from its high of 26,616 on Jan. 26 is considered a correction. The S&P 500 tumbled 2.96%, erasing its gains for the year. Ten-year Treasury yields flirted with four-year highs. 

And on Wednesday, Suleman Din wrote an article for FinancialPlanning titled, "Can another digital demand crush be avoided?" Some of the industry's most well-known


Posted in In The News, Risk, SmartRisk, portfolio risk, Joe Elsasser, Downside Risk, Market Volatility, FinancialPlannng

A Flaw with Bucket Strategies and Retirement Planning

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 a higher return over time.

In some


Posted in Financial Planning, Bucket Strategies

InvestmentNews: New tax law offers opportunities for advisers and retirees

After the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed and Covisum updated Tax Clarity to reflect the changes, we've seen a huge influx of interest in the software. We've updated all of our advisor-facing marketing materials that come with a paid subscription, including our white paper, "The Elephant and the Snowball: How Advisors Can, and Should, Talk Taxes with Clients." Recently, Mary Beth Franklin with Investment News covered the content in the article, "New tax law offers opportunities for advisers and 


Posted in In The News, Tax Clarity, White Paper, InvestmentNews

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® 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 "ThinkAdvisor" and "


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