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Nicholas Scheibner, CFP® is certified as a NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor

Nicholas J. Scheibner, CFP®

Nick Scheibner, a Wealth Management Advisor and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional with Baron Financial Group, fortifies his commitment to the fiduciary standard by becoming a NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor.  Nick joins Founder and Wealth Management Principal, Victor Cannillo at Baron Financial Group, as NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisors.  Victor has held this certification since 1998.

According to the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA):

NAPFA membership is granted only to advisors who pass an extensive screening process and those advisors must be paid directly by their clients, without receiving conflict-inducing commissions and rewards generated from the sale of financial products.

NAPFA members live by three important values:

  • To be the beacon for independent, objective financial advice for individuals and families.
  • To be the champion of financial services delivered in the public interest.
  • To be the standard bearer for the emerging profession of financial planning.

NAPFA’s continuing education (CE) policy is an important part of its commitment to the highest competency standards in the industry. NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisors complete 60 hours of CE spread across a broad range of subjects every two-year CE cycle.  NAPFA standards have continuously been the most rigorous in the industry for over 30 years.  All NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisors are required to always work in a Fee-Only capacity. The Fee-Only structure is the best way to align compensation with a client’s needs, forgoing any and all commissions and referral fees.

Click here to learn more about NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisors. To learn more about Baron Financial Group, contact us at 201-791-6408 or at info@baron-financial.com.

Baron Financial Group is an Independent, Fee-Only Fiduciary

Fee-Only, Fiduciary, Independent: Three Important Criteria to Consider When Choosing a Financial Advisor.

Click on the video below to learn more.

For more information on Fee-Only Advisors, read our “What Does Working with a Fee-Only Advisor Mean for You?” blog post.

For more information on NAPFA (National Association of Personal Financial Advisors), click here.

If you are looking for an independent, Fee-Only Advisor, that acts as a fiduciary,  reach out to the Baron Financial Group Team.

 

Baron Financial Group Supports SCARC Foundation

In support of the SCARC Foundation, members of Baron Financial Group attended the 2018 SCARC Foundation Honors and Leadership Awards Celebration on March 22, 2018.

SCARC Inc., an organization serving people with developmental disabilities, is dedicated to the empowerment and support of persons with developmental disabilities and their families. The organization will facilitate partnerships with community resources, assist in maximum community participation, promote individual planning based on choices, preferences and needs, and foster the development of socially valued roles for each person served. For more information, visit the SCARC website at scarc.org.

At Baron, we recognize that the financial planning challenges faced by families with special needs members are significant.  We take great pride in helping families address today’s needs and plan for those that are likely to follow.  For more information about our services for families with special needs, visit our special needs page.

Responsible Guidance: What to Do If Your Email Has Been Hacked

A 30-second read by the Baron Team:

How do you know if your email has been hacked?

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), your email may have been hacked if:

  • Your family and friends tell you that they received emails from you that you didn’t send
  • You are unable to login to your email
  • Your sent folder shows emails you never wrote or sent, or your sent folder is empty, etc.

What are the next steps if you have been hacked?

If you think that your email has been hacked, the FTC recommends these five steps:

  1. Make sure you have security software on your computer & remove any malware
  2. Change your passwords
  3. See what information is available from your email provider about how to restore your account
  4. Check account settings for anything unfamiliar
  5. Let friends and family know that you are having issues with your email so they know to ignore any messages with links, etc. that might come from your email.

To read more tips from the FTC on this topic, click here.

For more information on Cybersecurity, please view our
Personal Cybersecurity Webinar.

Please reach out to your Baron Team with any questions.

BFG at the ballpark: We say “Thank You” to Our Clients and Friends

A 30-second read by the Baron Team:  With spring right around the corner, Baron Financial Group hosted a client-appreciation event at the spring-training home of the Baltimore Orioles. The March 14th game versus the New York Yankees ended in a 7 to 4 win for the Orioles.  This is our third year hosting a client event at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. An extra special treat for our guests, and advisors, was a visit from the Oriole Bird!

Victor Cannillo, Tony Benante and Nick Scheibner, of Baron Financial Group, with the Oriole mascot

It is our custom to make a donation to a local charity whenever we host a client-appreciation event.  Continuing with our tradition, a donation has been made in honor of our clients and friends to the “All Faiths Food Bank” in Sarasota.

Baron’s purpose is to help our clients reach their financial goals and to secure a better future for them and their families. In keeping with our goal to help others with their financial security, the firm is committed to helping those less fortunate.

Responsible Guidance: Tips to avoid Phishing Scams

A 60-second read by the Baron Team: It is not uncommon to turn on the news or read an article and hear about a new scam or hacking event. In the past, we have discussed tips to avoid phone scams and provided information about the Equifax data breach. Our Personal Cybersecurity webinar also contains helpful information. Below please find some phishing-scam tips provided by the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA). Baron Financial Group is a proud Fee-Only NAPFA firm, committed to providing financial education.

To learn more about NAPFA, click here.

  • Be cautious about opening attachments or clicking on links in emails. Even your colleague or friends’ accounts could be hacked. Files and links can contain malware that can weaken your computer’s security.
  • Do your own typing. If a company or organization you know sends you a link or phone number, don’t click. Use your favorite search engine to look up the website or phone number yourself. Even though a link or phone number in an email may look legitimate, scammers can hide the true destination.
  • Make the call if you’re not sure. Do not respond to any emails that request personal or financial information. Phishers use pressure tactics and prey on fear. If you think a company, friend or family member really does need personal information from you, pick up the phone and call them yourself using the number on their website or in your address book, not the one in the email.
  • Turn on two-factor authentication. For accounts that support it, two-factor authentication requires both your password and an additional piece of information to log in to your account. The second piece could be a code sent to your phone, or a random number generated by an app or a token. This protects your account even if your password is compromised. As an extra precaution, you may want to choose more than one type of second authentication (e.g. a PIN) in case your primary method (such as a phone) is unavailable.
  • Back up your files to an external hard drive or cloud storage. Back up your files regularly to protect yourself against viruses or a ransomware attack.
  • Keep your security up to date. Use security software you trust, and make sure you set it to update automatically.
  • Report phishing emails and texts.
    • Forward phishing emails to spam@uce.gov – and to the organization impersonated in the email. Your report is most effective when you include the full email header, but most email programs hide this information. To ensure the header is included, search the name of your email service with “full email header” into your favorite search engine.
    • File a report with the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov/complaint.
    • Visit Identitytheft.gov. Victims of phishing could become victims of identity theft; there are steps you can take to minimize your risk.

You can also report phishing emails to reportphishing@apwg.org. The Anti-Phishing Working Group – which includes ISPs, security vendors, financial institutions and law enforcement agencies – uses these reports to fight phishing.

For any further questions, please contact the Baron team

How to File an Extension on Your 2017 Tax Return

A 60-second read by the Baron Team: With the filing due date fast approaching, you are probably in the process of collecting all of your tax-related documents from the past year. Tax returns must be submitted by April 17th this year. If by that time you realize that you are going to need more time to compile information for your tax return or haven’t received all of the documents you need, it will be in your best interest to file a tax extension. This will extend the due date up until October 15, 2018.

How to file a Paper Tax Extension:

 To file an extension, you are going to need to fill out Form 4868 [Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return]. You can download the form and instructions from the IRS website.

With the form, you also need to send in at least 90% of your estimated tax liability due for the year. To pay by check, mail the form with the check together. Make the check out to United States Treasury. On the memo line, write your Social Security Number, Form 4868, and the tax year (2017). This way, they know that you are sending the check as part of your extension.

When mailing in the tax extension, it is highly recommended that you send it via certified mail or another method that provides you with a tracking number. The envelope needs to be postmarked by April 17th. Check the instructions portion of Form 4868 for the correct mailing address (it varies according to what state you reside in).

 To Prevent any Penalties:

  • Carefully read all instructions and follow all directions on Form 4868.
  • Correctly estimate your tax liability for the year and send in 90% of the amount due.

Miscellaneous tips:

  • It is possible to file your extension online. See the IRS website for more details.
  • If you ever feel unsure or concerned about the process, consult a Tax Professional to assist you.

For any other questions, contact the Baron Financial Group Team.

Baron Financial Group Principals recognized as “Five Star Wealth Managers” for 2018

The Five Star Wealth Manager award, administered by Five Star Professional, recognizes professionals in the financial services industry who are committed to excellence.

Baron Financial Group is proud to announce that Principals Victor Cannillo and Anthony Benante are recognized as 2018 Five Star Wealth Managers in New Jersey.  They are proud to be multi-year award recipients for the past 7 years. The list of recipients appears in the January 2018 issue of New Jersey Monthly

The Five Star Professional research team applies a vigorous research and evaluation process to identify service professionals who provide quality services to their clients. Professionals do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star award winners. Five Star Professional follows standard survey practices used by other professional research organizations. The research also includes a regulatory review to provide necessary checks and balances.

Click here for a list of selection criteria and research methodology.

Baron Financial Group (BFG) is a Fee-Only firm that provides a comprehensive service, combining financial planning and investment management. We are committed to acting with integrity, establishing trust and displaying competence with every client. We work solely for you and are only compensated by you.  As fiduciaries, we have an obligation to put client interests above our own. 

Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week 2018

A 30-second read by Nicholas Scheibner: The week of January 29th – Feb 2nd has been designated “Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week.” The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) will be offering some free webinars and chats on this topic. To learn more about the free webinar offerings, click here.

According to the FTC, tax identity theft occurs when another person uses your social security number for the purpose of getting a job or a tax refund. You will usually know when you receive a letter or notice from the IRS saying that you filed more than one tax return or see on their records that you were paid by an unknown employer. To learn more, click here for the FTC’s article on Tax-Related Identity Theft. If you’re the victim of tax fraud, visit the IRS website.

On a related note – if you are interested to know how long you should be keeping your tax returns, please refer to our “What documents are safe to shred? What must I keep?” blog post.

Feel free to reach out to us for any questions.