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    Joe Elsasser

    FinPlan Friday: The Best Technology for Financial Advisors

    Is Your Financial Planning Technology Really Integrated? For years, financial technology companies have claimed they can make your life easier by integrating with your existing software solutions. Integrating "best in class" solutions seems like it would save you time, but in reality, it just leads to headaches. Many fintech solutions are built on different assumptions, leaving your "integration" to provide conflicting results.  Learn more about how the right integrations make a world of difference in our FinPlan Friday conversation with Joe.
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    Tax

    FinPlan Friday: Roth Conversions in 2020

    Are You Doing Roth Conversions? Now, is a great time for advisors to consider doing Roth conversions since the CARES Act suspended required minimum distributions for 2020. Plus, any recovery following a significant market dip is going to come back tax-free if those assets were converted into a Roth. Learn more about Roth conversions in our FinPlan Friday conversation with Joe.
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    Analyzing Portfolio Risk Has Never Been Easier

    SmartRisk Has Been Updated! While market swings and economic downturns are a normal part of investing, the recent market volatility has caused many investors to feel uneasy and make impulsive decisions. That is why we've made major changes to our SmartRisk™ software.  The newly updated SmartRisk software makes it easier to show your clients and prospects their downside exposure prior to the next significant downturn. Use the software to estimate their potential loss, and prepare clients ahead of time for situations that are likely are likely to create behavioral mistakes. With these software changes, you can help your clients better prepare for the next market dip and avoid panicking.
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    Tax

    FinPlan Friday: What You Need to Know About RMDs

    New Guidance from the IRS On June 24, 2020, the IRS released Notice 2020-51. The notice allows advisors to fix required minimum distributions (RMDs) that came out of client accounts before the passage of the CARES Act earlier this year.  Learn more about the recent RMD changes in our FinPlan Friday conversation with Joe.
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    Risk

    FinPlan Friday: Are You Using Quality Risk Metrics?

    Better Risk Discussions The current market volatility is a good reminder about the importance of making a good estimation of the downside risk that is inherent in our clients’ portfolios. Using quality risk metrics allows advisors and clients to practice and prepare for a down market, so the client isn't tempted to pull their investments when the market gets rough. Learn more about how to have better risk discussions in our FinPlan Friday conversation with Joe.
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    Risk

    FinPlan Friday: Debt in Down Markets

    Down Markets and Debt While some experts will insist that debt in retirement is never beneficial, debt can have a positive impact on a retirement strategy at times. During a market dip, debt can help retirees avoid tapping into their portfolio, which needs time to recover. Additionally, if a retiree is planning on making a large purchase, there can be significant tax benefits by financing. Learn more about debt in down markets in our FinPlan Friday conversation with Joe.
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    In The News

    Hidden Value: Tax Opportunities Created by Market Downturn

    This week in his Hidden Value column for ThinkAdvisor, Joe Elsasser, CFP®, talks about how the recent market downturn and the new CARES Act have created some unique financial planning opportunities.
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    Joe Elsasser

    Advisor Anecdotes: Scheduling Virtual Client Meetings

    Covisum Founder and President, Joe Elsasser, CFP®, is also practicing financial advisor. In our new vlog series, Advisor Anecdotes, Joe will offer his unique perspective on current events, practice management best practices, financial technology, and everything in-between.  Episode One: Scheduling Virtual Client Meetings
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    In The News

    FinPlan Friday: Tax Techniques for Down Markets

    Planning Options in a Down Market  Now that we’re in a bear market, there are a few techniques advisors can use to alleviate the burden on clients. Roth conversions are going to be particularly valuable because the funds will  recover tax-free. Doing Roth conversions can spread out the tax liability earlier in retirement. Right now, there are no required minimum distributions under current rules for Roth IRAs, so it’s a good time to consider accelerating off Roth IRA and Roth conversions. Learn more about the best tax techniques for down markets in our FinPlan Friday discussion with Joe.
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