We are proud to be a Women’s Choice Award® Financial firm since its inception in 2013. The Women’s Choice Award for Financial Advisors was created by WomenCertified Inc. in an effort to help women identify financial advisors and firms that provide quality service and strong commitment to their female clientele. The award is based on rigorous research, 17 objective criteria and additional points of reference that obtain feedback regarding the advisor’s service and practices. Women’s Choice Award® Financial Advisors and Firms represent less than 1% of financial advisors in the U.S. As of July 2017, of the 807 considered for the Women’s Choice Award, 139 were named Women’s Choice Award Financial Advisors/Firms.
This recognition demonstrates our commitment to all clients, but allows us to further highlight our commitment to the women’s market and to our profession — symbolizing the integrity, knowledge and service excellence we strive to deliver to every client.
Click here for a list of the Women’s Choice Award® selection criteria.
A 45-second read by Anthony Benante: For your specific portfolio, you need to evaluate your ability and willingness to take risk to help determine your personal profile. Without knowing about your entire financial situation, we would not make a specific recommendation for any asset. Typically, including globally-diversified assets in your investment strategy offers statistical benefits. We encourage you to think about the long-term nature of investing and validate your investment strategy with a comprehensive financial plan. The plan should show outcomes based on different market environments and cycles.
Given the expectation that you could live into your 90s, it would probably not be best to look at your portfolio through a political lens. In the short-term, breaking news is constantly occurring and it would be difficult to react correctly to each new development as it relates to your investments. Over the long-term, there is the possibility for change in political parties and history suggests that the political party in charge in the United States has little impact on long-term market performance. The decision to include international investments should not be directed by current political situations, but rather based on which investment strategy can help you achieve long-term success.
Reach out to our Baron team if you have any questions…
Baron is pleased to award a Baron Financial Group Scholarship for the 7th consecutive year. Two deserving graduates from the Fair Lawn High School Class of 2017 were presented their awards in our principal office on Route 208 South in Fair Lawn. Duke Kwon will study Economics and Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Duke’s future plans include developing business apps for iPhones and Androids. Alyssa Kline will be attending Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, as an Accounting major. Alyssa’s goal is to become a CPA.
Continuing in our commitment to education, Baron Financial Group is proud to help these deserving students further their education.
Editor’s Note: As of July, 2017, the Treasury Department has announced that the myRA program will no longer continue. For more information, read our update to this post.
A 45-second read by Victoria Cannillo: You have most likely heard of a Roth IRA or a Traditional IRA, but what about myRA? myRA was introduced in 2014 as an option for people who don’t have access to an employer-sponsored retirement savings plan or other retirement savings options. According to the myRA website, you can contribute up to $5,500/year into the account ($6,500/year for those older than 50). Once the account reaches an account balance of $15,000, or when the account is 30 years old, the savings will be transferred or rolled-over into a private-sector Roth IRA.
For 2016, the maximum income allowable to participate in the program was $132,000 for single-tax filers and $193,000 for couples filing together. Read more specifics about the program, here.
Some pros and cons of myRA to consider:
No cost to open an account and no fees
Flexible contribution amounts (a traditional IRA has a $1,000 minimum)
Investments are backed by the United States Treasury
Tax benefits are similar to a Roth IRA, such as earning interest tax-free
There is only one investment option – a treasury bond (accounts are invested solely in Government Savings Bonds)
Once the account balance reaches $15,000, it stops accumulating interest, so your maximum for savings is limited
Doesn’t seem to offer many long-term options at this time
Reach out to your Baron team if you want help in understanding what kind of IRA would be best for you.
Victor Cannillo: When you have good people, with the same common cause and the same purpose, which in our case is to deliver and do the right thing by clients- that is how we came together.
Nicholas Scheibner: What you can expect from the Baron Financial Group is really personalized service; when someone calls in, we know their name, we know their situation and it’s a team here.
VC: People are tired of dealing with these big brokerage firms, so they are looking for a relationship where the people work for me, and it is independent. When prospective clients come in, we say, “follow the money,” that is where the advice is going to be crafted. Ours is whatever the best solution is for the client.
Anthony Benante: We focus on constructing a plan for each client and it is a customized strategy for those clients; we educate the client as to what is going to happen with that strategy, and it is a strategy based on diversification.
A 60-second read by Anthony Benante: The Florida Prepaid College Board offers several options for college savings. The two principal programs are the Prepaid College Plan and the 529 Savings Plan. Below is a brief outline of some of the key differences between these plans, as highlighted by the Florida Prepaid College Board. For more information, click here to read more.
Florida Prepaid College Plan
Overview: You “pre-pay” for future college tuition costs and other fees. There are several plans to choose from (1-year/ 4-year Florida University Plan, 2-year/4-year Florida College Plan, etc.). The cost you pay will be based on what the cost of tuition is projected to be the year your child would enroll in college.
Enrollment: You can submit your application to enroll your child at any time from birth until junior year of high school. A parent needs to be a resident of Florida for at least 1 year before enrolling. The actual enrollment period runs from October 15th – February 28th each year.
Payment Options: You can pay monthly, over five years, or a lump sum.
What the plan covers: Tuition and other fees at a Florida College or State University (The plan can also be applied to other schools nationwide, but you should investigate actual benefits for schools outside the plan).
Anthony Benante, CFA and Nicholas Scheibner, CFP® of Baron Financial Group recently attended the 70th CFA Institute Annual (four-day) Conference in Philadelphia, to keep updated on financial industry topics and trends. The CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute’s mission is to lead the investment profession globally by promoting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society.
According to the CFA Institute, it’s imperative that investment professionals remain current in this changing and complex climate to best serve their clients’ interests.
Read more about the CFA Institute at cfainstitue.org.
To learn more about Baron Financial’s investment management service, visit our services pages on our website.
A 60-second read by Nicholas Scheibner: When planning your estate, it is important to divide all of your accounts into two groups: accounts with designated beneficiaries and accounts with no designated beneficiaries. Examples of accounts with designated beneficiaries are 401(k)s, IRAs, transfer of death (TOD) accounts, and other retirement accounts. The designated beneficiary on an account bypasses your will. For example, if your will states that all of your money is to pass on to your child, but your 401(k) primary beneficiary is an ex-spouse, your ex-spouse will inherit the money from your 401(k). It is crucial that you review your beneficiaries on your accounts to make sure they agree with your desires.