Hidden Value: Roth IRA Conversions, How Much Is Too Much?

Hidden Value is a column in ThinkAdvisor where Joe Elsasser, CFP®, answers common questions with insights advisors and their clients may not have considered. This week he highlights the importance of evaluating Medicare surcharges and beneficiaries' future tax brackets when considering a Roth conversion. 

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Posted in Joe Elsasser, Hidden Value, ThinkAdvisor, Tax Law, Taxes, Tax

Forbes Finance Council: is working with a robo-advisor right for you?

In a recent article for Forbes, Covisum Founder and President Joe Elsasser, CFP®, outlined the benefits and shortcomings of robo-advisors. 

For many people, it is worth at least considering a robo-advisor. For a relatively low price, robo-advisors are reasonably good at managing asset allocation for a given risk level.

However, there are a few situations where relying on a person as your financial advisor is a preferable option. For instance, robo-advisors can't pick up on the changes in

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Posted in Forbes, Joe Elsasser, Technology, Tech, financial advisor, FinTech

"Last Minute Tax Moves" webinar now available for on-demand viewing

Your clients have until the end of the year to harvest from an IRA, execute a Roth conversion, or take a capital lossRecently, President and Founder of Covisum, Joe Elsasser, CFP®, RHU®, REBC®, hosted a webinar about optimizing year-end tax opportunities for clients. The webinar is now is now available for on-demand viewing. Watch the webinar when and where it's convenient for you. 

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Posted in Webinar, Joe Elsasser, Taxes, Tax, Tax Clarity, Tax Map

CNBC: Get a bigger check by using these Social Security claiming strategies

Recently, CNBC highlighted some frequently overlooked Social Security claiming strategies. The article offered tips for filing and suspending based on spousal benefits and navigating the earnings penalty. In addition, Covisum President and Founder, Joe Elsasser, CFP®, offered this advice about canceling your Social Security payments:

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Posted in CNBC, Joe Elsasser, Social Security, Social Security Benefits, Social Security Timing

Hidden Value: Think You Know the Capital Gains Tax Rate? Think Again.

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 the common belief that the tax rate is 15% on capital gains, and how the tiered bracket structure of qualified dividends and long-term capital gains can actually create some unique opportunities.

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Posted in ThinkAdvisor, Hidden Value, Joe Elsasser, Tax

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