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Baron Financial Group says “Thank You” to Our Clients & Friends

To thank our many clients and friends for their continued support, we hosted two client appreciation events this year: one in Sarasota, Florida and one in Hawthorne, New Jersey.

We were pleased to host, for the second year, a client appreciation event at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida, the spring-training home of the Baltimore Orioles.  At the Feb. 27, 2017 game, the Yankees won 4-1, a happy outcome for the many Yankee fans in attendance.  A special appearance by the Oriole’s mascot added to the enjoyment of the day.

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 was made in honor of our clients and friends to the “All Faiths Food Bank” in Sarasota.

Tony Benante, Victor Cannillo and Nick Scheibner of Baron Financial Group with Baltimore Oriole’s mascot

Baron hosted their third annual Casino Night event on May 4, 2017, at Macaluso’s in Hawthorne, New Jersey. Attendees were given “play” money to participate in the casino games, ensuring no one could lose real money. Chips were cashed in for raffle tickets for the chance to win some great prizes, including gift baskets, and gift cards to various local restaurants and businesses. The ultimate and most coveted prize was two tickets to see Wicked on Broadway.

Although guests had an opportunity to win raffled prizes, the big winner was the “Fair Lawn Food Pantry”, who received a monetary donation from Baron to honor our clients and friends.

Baron Financial Group recognizes that there are members of the community who are not as fortunate as others, who need help to meet the most basic of needs. 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 philosophy, the firm is committed to making the community a better place. It is our hope that together, we can look forward to a future of promise for all.

Class of 2017: It Isn’t Too Early to Start Thinking about Your Retirement

A 60-second read by the Baron Team:  Congratulations 2017 College graduates! Throw that mortarboard as high in the air as you can and before it circles back down to earth, start thinking about saving for your retirement. You are most likely going to be responsible for setting yourself up for a successful retirement, so your best bet is to invest early and often.

Invest in yourself first. Most people think investing is the key to wealth, but while certainly important, you have to have some money first to invest. So as soon as you begin your first job out of school, start saving a minimum of 10% of your annual income for retirement. This will ensure that you invest in yourself first.  You should plan on saving this much or more for the rest of your working career.

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Baron Financial Supports SCARC Foundation

In support of the SCARC  Foundation, members of Baron Financial Group attended the 2017 SCARC Foundation Honors and Leadership Awards Celebration on March 9, 2017.

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.

Do Not Call Registry: tips to help avoid phone scams, part II

A 30-second read by the Baron Team: In a previous post, we provided some tips to help avoid phone scams from the FTC. If receiving excessive sales calls is a concern for you, there is an option to help reduce the amount of telemarketing calls you receive by joining the National Do Not Call Registry.

The Do Not Call Registry is a free service where you can register your phone number in order to reduce telemarketing/ sales calls.  According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), if a company is legitimate and sees that you are on the list, they should not call you. If a company sees you on the list, but calls you regardless, it is most likely a scam call.

While being on the Do Not Call Registry may not prevent robo-calls, the FTC has several initiatives to try to solve this issue.

If you are interested in putting your number on the registry, go to donotcall.gov or call 1-888-382-1222. They will accept both cell phone and landline numbers.

For more information from the FTC, click here to read more.

For more specific information regarding “Cell Phones and the Do Not Call Registry,” click here.

Feel free to reach out to us for any other questions.

How to File an Extension on Your 2016 Tax Return

A 60-second read by the Baron Team: Need more time to compile information for your tax return? 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 16, 2017.

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 (2016). 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 18th. 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.

Any other questions, contact the Baron Financial Group Team.

Tips to Avoid Phone Scams

A 30-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. Lately, you might have heard about the “Can you hear me?” phone scam, as recently reported by CNBC.

Whether such scams wind up being legitimate or just hearsay, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind. Below is a brief snapshot of some of the phone-scam tips provided by the FTC (Federal Trade Commission).  To read the entire FTC article, “10 Things You Can Do to Avoid Fraud,” click here.

  • If you don’t recognize the phone number, don’t pick up your phone.  (If it is in fact a friend, family member or acquaintance trying to reach you, they will probably leave a voice mail.)

  • If you do pick up the phone and suspect it is a telemarketer or if it is a robo-call, hang up the phone. Don’t give out any personal or credit card information.

  • If you received a call that you think might be a scam number, search the number or caller id information, along with the word “scam” on the internet, to see if other people have written any complaints.

  • The FTC offers a free scam alert service that will send tips about scams to your email. Read more at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts.

Feel free to reach out to us for any other questions.

Baron Financial Group Principals recognized as “Five Star Wealth Managers” for 2017

The Five Star award, administered by Five Star Professional,  recognizes service professionals who provide quality services to their clients.

Baron Financial Group is proud to announce that Principals, Victor Cannillo and Anthony Benante, are recognized as 2017 Five Star Wealth Managers in New Jersey.  They are proud to be multi-year award recipients. The list of recipients appears in the January 2017 issue of New Jersey Monthly magazine. 

Sarasota-based Principal, Anthony Benante,  also received the 2016 Five Star Wealth Manager award in Sarasota, as seen in Sarasota Magazine, in the November 2016 issue.  This is the 3rd year in a row Anthony received this honor. 

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 is committed to putting clients’ interests first, providing independent and transparent advice, by using a true team approach.  

5 Financial Actions to Consider at Year-End

A 90-second read by Anthony Benante:  What 5 things should you be thinking about at the end of the year when it comes to your finances?

1. Review your personal budget and commit to a savings plan for 2017

a. On January 1, write down the balance in your checking account. Do this on the first of the month for the next three months. After you incorporate your income for the period, as well as take note of any cash withdrawals from other accounts, you can get a general sense of what your monthly spending is.

b. We work directly with our clients at Baron to help understand how their budget and all of their financial assets work together.  If you would like a budget sheet (either electronic or hard-copy), let us know. 

2. Review your long-term investment strategy

a. Is the long-term strategy in place for you still right for your specific circumstance? Are you going to be making any large purchases coming up in the New Year? Are you thinking about revisiting your risk tolerance – becoming more aggressive or conservative?

b. At Baron, we use a customized approach to design client portfolios.  We not only consider potential return, but also risk, as well as how the investments complement each other.  Having a long-term investment strategy is critical for investing success and provides a guide for when markets act unexpectedly or make a major directional move.

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Good Cheer and the Spirit of the Season!

In the spirit of the season, a donation was made in honor of Baron Financial Group clients and friends to the Fair Lawn Food Pantry, to help those in need in the community.

Our clients completed our recent survey, giving us invaluable information to help us enhance the service that we provide. Baron was pleased to donate to the following charities, chosen by and in honor of the winner of the survey drawing.

  • Oasis: A Haven for Women and Children, Paterson, NJ
    Oasis currently serves those fighting poverty by meeting numerous basic needs. Read more at oasisnj.org.
  • Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary
    Catherine’s life was taken at the age of six at Sandy Hook Elementary but her legacy of kindness will live on. Read more at cvhfoundation.org.

We are committed to making the community a better place. Wishing  everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

We are thankful for …

At Baron Financial Group, we are thankful for you, our clients, family and friends!

As is the firm’s practice at Thanksgiving, a donation is made to our local food pantry, to help those in need in the community. We recognize that there are members of the community who are not as fortunate as others, who need help to meet the most basic of needs. Our 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 philosophy, we are committed to making the community a better place.

If you would like to join Baron and contribute to the Fair Lawn Food Pantry, you can send a check, payable to “Fair Lawn Human Services Trust”, or send a food or personal product donation to:

Fair Lawn Health and Human Services
8-01 Fair Lawn Ave.
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

It is our hope that together, we can look forward to a future of promise for all!