Grand Wealth in the News

Grand Rapids Magazine Interviews Steve Starnes on Shifting Retirement Expectations

“Retirement is changing.” So begins a recent Grand Rapids Magazine Look+Feel column, “A Shift in Retirement.” As retirees are living longer with less access to traditional pension plans, Steve Starnes, MBA, CFP® notes that financial planning plays an even more important role in the ability to retire as we desire. Plus, there’s lifestyle planning. “Not doing anything [in retirement] is hard for a lot of people,” says Steve, “whether they need the money or not.”

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Anastasia Wiese Featured in MLive, Offering Investment Tips During Inflationary Times

With inflation on the rise, many households are revisiting how to save, invest, and spend their hard-earned money. In a recent MLive article on how to budget for higher prices, Anastasia Wiese, JD, CFP® shared several best practices for sustaining your investment stamina during inflationary times.

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Anastasia Wiese Shares “Wine, Women, and Money” Advice in West Michigan Woman

Although women are increasingly household breadwinners and financial stewards, talking about money often remains taboo in “polite society.” In a West Michigan Woman piece, “Wine, Women and Money: Sharing Financial Know-How,” Anastasia Wiese, JD, CFP® explores how women can broach the subject in small, private gatherings … with a little wine to help the conversation flow. “When women share information about career and finances, goals, hopes, dreams—and yes, fears—we can find the crucial support needed for success,” says Anastasia.

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Calvin Wiersma’s GRBJ Post on the Profitability Factor

What is the profitability factor in investing? As the name suggests, stocks from profitable companies are expected to outperform unprofitable ones. But that doesn’t mean you should load up on high-flying stocks. In his recent Grand Rapids Business Journal column, Calvin Wiersma, CFP® explains: Like managing a successful rental property, it’s best to consider profitability as one factor among many that contributes to your well-built investment portfolio.

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Janelle Anderson’s Employee Retention Tips on WZZM-13

In Grand Rapids and across the country, companies have been shoring up efforts to retain valued employees amidst widespread job burnout. In “Rethinking the 9 to 5,” WZZM-13 reporter Valerie Lego spoke with our Operations Manager and Chief Compliance Officer Janelle Anderson. Janelle described employee retention efforts long in place at Grand Wealth, as well as more recent changes we’ve implemented to maintain our team focus while working from home.

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Jeff Williams MiBiz Feature: Succession Planning

Even as Grand Wealth offers succession planning and related wealth management advice to Michigan business owners, we’ve also modeled that same advice into our own practice. Grand Wealth founder and managing principal Jeff Williams, CFP®, CIMA®, AIF® CPA/PFS, was featured recently in a September 12th MiBiz column, sharing our firm’s not-so-secret strategies for succession planning success. His key advice? Start planning early for your company’s future.

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Anastasia Wiese Shows GRBJ Readers How to Tend to Retirement with a Target-Date Fund

When spring flowers bloom, we discover how our earlier plantings have paid off. Likewise, how you “seed” your financial garden today determines whether you can later harvest rich rewards. In a June 2 Grand Rapids Business Journal column, Anastasia Wiese, JD, CFP® described how to use a target-date fund to save for retirement: “It can be nice to have retirement investing on autopilot through payroll deduction and a single self-maintained investment option,” says Anastasia. “However, as with any investment tool, there are things you should consider when choosing to invest in a target-date fund.”

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Steve Starnes Describes Effective Advisor Qualities in GRBJ

What should you look for in an effective financial advisor? In a recent Grand Rapids Business Journal” article, Steve Starnes, MBA, CFP® describes why business and investment management expertise aren’t as interchangeable as most people think. A successful business leader needs to sustain a competitive edge by identifying and reacting to evolving trends. A financial advisor needs to help investors patiently participate in the market’s long-term growth, while managing the risks involved. Each requires its own skill set.

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Anastasia Wiese’s GRBJ Commentary: Pay Off Debt or Invest?

In today’s climate of low interest rate loans, many investors have been asking a variation on the same question: Is “extra,” discretionary cash best used to pay down debt – such as mortgages, auto loans, student loans or credit card balances – or to invest toward retirement? In her February 22 Grand Rapids Business Journal column, Anastasia Wiese, JD, CFP® covers how to make good choices either way: “Ultimately, every action you take to advance your overall financial picture should move you closer to a place of decreased anxiety and increased satisfaction with your financial situation.”

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Anastasia Wiese’s Corp! Commentary: Women Finding Work/Life Balance During Pandemic

How are women business owners and professionals who are also raising families achieving work/life balance during the pandemic? Michigan’s Corp! Magazine took a closer look at the question, as new studies suggest women’s professional and financial futures are at higher risk during the pandemic. Who better to speak on the subject than our own Anastasia Wiese? As a wife, mother, financial advisor, and co-owner at Grand Wealth, Anastasia shared tips on how she and her family have “leaned into the vulnerability” to manage it.

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