Charitable Giving Under New Tax Laws: Understanding the Donor-Advised Fund (DAF)

No matter how the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) may alter your tax planning, we’d like to believe one thing will remain the same: With or without a tax write-off, many Americans will still want to give generously to the charities of their choice. After all, financial incentives aren’t usually your main motivation for giving. We give to support the causes we cherish. We give because we’re grateful for the good fortune we’ve enjoyed. We give because it elevates us too. Good giving feels great – for donor and recipient alike.

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Forbes Column: Stephanie Mushna, CFP® Weighs in on Saving for Retirement (at Any Age)

Having just joined GWM earlier this year, Stephanie Mushna is already helping us reach out nationally to those seeking solid financial planning. In February, she was tapped by Forbes columnist Kate Ashford to comment on helping people save for retirement. Check out this piece; it’s chock full of practical ideas.

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Getting to Know Stephanie Mushna, CFP®

If you’ve visited our offices lately, you may already have had the pleasure of meeting our new Associate Financial Advisor Stephanie Mushna, CFP®. If not, you’re in for a treat. Today, we are delighted to introduce Stephanie to you electronically. Read on, and please join us in welcoming Stephanie to Grand Wealth Management.

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The Vital Role of Rebalancing

Properly implemented, rebalancing offers a disciplined, cost-effective approach to buying low and selling high and staying on track toward one’s personal financial goals. Learn how we add value by employing rebalancing as part of an evidence-based strategy.

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Journal of Financial Planning: Steve Starnes Advises Other Advisors on Long-Term Care

Besides advising individuals and families, Steve Starnes, MBA, CFP® also enjoys collaborating with other financial professionals to help families plan for and fund long-term service and support costs. The Journal of Financial Planning recently published a pair of thought-provoking pieces by Steve Starnes and co-author Tom West. They’re written with the professional advisor community in mind, and we think you’ll find them of interest as well!

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WZZM 13 Newscast: Steve Starnes Talks Taxes and Charitable Giving

At year-end 2017, Steve Starnes appeared on WZZM 13 to discuss the recently passed tax law’s effect on charitable giving and ways to optimize charitable planning.

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Ten Financial Best Practices to Jump-Start Your New Year

One of the best presents you can bestow on yourself and your loved ones is the gift of proper preparation for rest of the year. Want to get a jump-start on it? Here are 10 financial best practices to energize your wealth management efforts.

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GRBJ Feature Article: Steve Starnes on Why Estate Planning Matters

Estate planning is one of those “I really should …” action items on almost everyone’s list. In a Grand Rapids Business Journal feature article, Steve Starnes shares some of the many ways estate planning matters more than you might imagine – for you and your loved ones alike.

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Congratulations Steve Starnes, Our Newest Principal

We are pleased to announce that Steve Starnes, MBA, CFP® is now a Principal at Grand Wealth Management. In his new role, he becomes a GWM co-owner, along with Ellie Winter and founder Jeff Williams.

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Our Thoughts on the Equifax Data Breach

In the aftermath of the Equifax security breach, we are once again reminded that identity theft and other financial scams pose a significant threat. Approaching your security as an ongoing process rather than a quick fix involves taking steps to protect your personal information from cyberattacks before they happen.

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