EWA Blog

May 31, 2023

With technology getting more advanced, cybercrime has unfortunately become a pressing issue in recent years for investors across the world. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, cybersecurity complaints totaled 847,376 in 2021, an all-time high, resulting in $6.9 billion worth of consumer losses.

May 24, 2023

Buying a home is a significant purchase that requires careful planning and consideration. From getting preapproved for a mortgage to budgeting for all-in costs, there are many factors to consider when buying a home. This blog post covers a few tips to help you navigate the home-buying process. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or this is a move to an upgraded house, these tips will help you make a sound purchase and potentially avoid costly mistakes.

May 16, 2023

A question clients often have for advisors is, “when is the best time to invest?” Specifically, clients often wonder what is the best way to have their dollars outside of their emergency fund “work” for them in the most efficient matter. As an important aside, investing into equities should be done with a long-term time horizon, specifically earmarked for mid and long-term goals. 

May 10, 2023

Starting the college journey is a significant milestone for both the parents and students. It is a time filled with anticipation and excitement in preparing for such a big change. This blog highlights 5 tips to help your kids achieve a successful transition to college. 

May 3, 2023

As the calendar turned to 2023, the IRS dictated major changes that could be relevant to your financial plan. Here are at least ten adjustments to consider moving forward that could apply to your financial, retirement, and tax planning. 

April 24, 2023

Running a business can be one of the most rewarding, but also stressful things that any entrepreneur has to deal with. Many business owners end up telling us that they are most stressed because they feel like the business is running them, rather than them running the business.

April 18, 2023

Retirement can be a challenge, but with the right tips, you can make sure it’s a smooth transition!  Find out the 5 common mistakes that retirees make, and how to avoid them!

April 11, 2023

Defined and dependable investment principles are the foundation for any successful financial plan. At EWA, we appreciate the ability to discuss our principles in conjunction with Nick Murray– a former financial advisor with over 50 years of experience in the industry. His book, “Simple Wealth, Inevitable Wealth” is sent to each of our new and existing clients, as it conveys many of our shared investment philosophies and principles. Here are some of the top takeaways from “Simple Wealth, Inevitable Wealth.”

April 4, 2023

Money is the number one cause of stress in the United States. According to a recent American Psychological Association (APA) study, 72% of Americans felt stressed about money at some point in the previous month.

With the right systems in place, finances can be automated so that you are making decisions for your life out of design, rather than default.

March 27, 2023

For those who are charitably inclined, there are many ways to give to your favorite causes and organizations. In this blog post, we will describe two popular options- Donor Advised Funds and Qualified Charitable Distributions.

March 20, 2023

Many often wonder: How can I best save for retirement? Outside of a workplace retirement plan, there are seemingly many different investment vehicles at one’s disposal to save for the long-term. One of the most tax-efficient vehicles to save for retirement is the Roth IRA, introduced as part of the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. Here are five key advantages to investing in a Roth IRA:

March 15, 2023

One of the biggest paradoxes that exist in a financial plan is simply put: the best savers are often the worst spenders.

This is because they are always looking for ways to save money, even if it means sacrificing their own comfort or convenience. They are frugal, disciplined, and diligent when it comes to managing their finances. And as a result, they are able to put away large sums of money over time. But all that saving comes at a cost.

March 13, 2023

Silicon Valley Bank is all over the news headlines and is the hottest topic in the finance industry this week. Silicon Valley Bank is a normal bank for individuals and businesses. They are the 16th largest bank in the United States. However, as the name suggests, many of their customers are tech companies and startups in Silicon Valley. This blog will help explain the bank run that happened last week and how it could impact your financial planning.

March 6, 2023

Financial planning can reach a lot of areas in life. In this blog post, we will share 10 decisions that you can make to help ensure your finances are working as a support system for you.

March 1, 2023

High net worth families have a unique set of stresses. Seemingly every day, they are faced with a myriad of decisions that could have a long-term effect on their financial stability. In this blog post, we’ll explore the five biggest stressors for high-net-worth families and discuss how to handle them.

February 21, 2023

Do you love to travel but hate the thought of spending a fortune on airfare and hotels? Well, did you know that you can travel the world for free (or almost free) by using your credit card points? It’s true! So, whether you’re planning your next vacation or just dreaming about it, read on for some helpful advice!

February 13, 2023

Married couples have the option to file their federal tax returns jointly or separately. While the IRS mostly rewards couples to file jointly, there are some scenarios where filing separately could make sense. In this blog, we’re going to break down a few examples of where it would make sense to file taxes jointly, and where it would make sense to file taxes separately– strictly from a financial standpoint.

February 7, 2023

It’s tempting to try and time the market. After all, if you can predict when the market is going to go up or down, you can make a lot of money! Unfortunately, this is not something that Is feasible to do on a consistent basis and many studies have concluded that trying to time the market can actually be very harmful to your investment portfolio. In this blog post, we will discuss why it is better to invest for the long term and avoid the urge to ‘do something’ during times of volatility.

January 31, 2023

When it comes to tax planning, one of the most important decisions you can make is where to hold your assets. If you aren’t tax efficient, you could be leaving a lot of money on the table.

January 23, 2023

Equity compensation is becoming more and more popular as a form of compensation, especially for people who work for publicly traded companies. There are different types of equity compensation, such as restricted stock units, non-qualified stock options, or incentive stock options, but this article is going to focus on how to maximize an employee stock purchase plan (or ESPP).

January 17, 2023

Are you a physician who is about to negotiate your first contract? Don’t worry – you’re not alone!

Many physicians feel uneasy when negotiating contracts, but it’s important to remember that it’s a negotiation process.

January 10, 2023

In order to sustain long-term growth, it’s important for all businesses to develop an internal operating system by which its team members can organize their energy. It’s a way that people inside the organization can meet, solve problems, clarify roles, and plan for the future. EWA utilizes EOS, or Entrepreneurial Operating System, for these purposes.

January 4, 2023

Medicare surcharges can be a huge drain on your retirement savings. If not planned around carefully, you could end up paying thousands of dollars in extra premiums each year. In this blog post, we will discuss how to help avoid Medicare surcharges and keep more money in your pocket during retirement.

December 28, 2022

In 2019, the Secure Act was signed into law– signaling positive changes to the United States retirement system for both employers and employees. As we enter 2023, we could be seeing more positive changes soon on the horizon.

December 20, 2022

Are you nearing retirement age and wondering how to maximize your social security benefits? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans are asking themselves these very same questions. This blog will discuss five tips that will help you maximize your social security benefits. Follow these tips and you’ll be closer to achieving the comfortable retirement you desire.

December 14, 2022

When it comes to saving for retirement, there are a lot of options to choose from. Two of the most popular are the SEP IRA and the 401(k). But which one is better for business owners? In this blog post, we will break down the pros and cons of each plan to help you make an informed decision about which is right for you.

December 7, 2022

One of the most important decisions small business owners make is what type of retirement plan to adopt. There are many options, but one that is growing in popularity is the cash balance pension plan. This type of plan has several benefits that make it a great choice for small businesses that have owners in the highest tax bracket. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the key benefits of cash balance pension plans and why they could make sense for your financial plan.

November 30, 2022

Most high-net-worth clients consider a successful wealth transfer to the next generation as one of their highest priorities. Balancing helping the next generation get a head start without being an enabler, or doing more harm than good, is a delicate balance that requires extreme care. With this idea in mind, many often wonder: Should I gift to my children outright while I am living? There are many positives to outright gifting: getting money out of your estate and seeing how your children actually utilize the gift being two of the most significant.

November 22, 2022

For the last few years, it’s no secret that the housing market has been booming in many parts of the country. If you’re thinking of buying a home, it’s important to make sure you do not overspend and wind up feeling “house poor” with no room for fun vacations or savings for future goals. A house should be a place of comfort and stability, not a source of stress. In this blog post, we will discuss two stress tests that will help you consider how much house you can comfortably afford.

With interest rates at the highest they have been in the last 10 years, we have narrowed it down to two calculations to help ensure you do not overextend yourself.

November 16, 2022

One of the most important financial decisions one will make in their lifetime is buying a home. There are many factors to consider when weighing this decision: How much house can I afford? What location makes the most sense? How much of a down payment should I apply to the purchase? What are the financing terms? What are the resale prospects?

November 7, 2022

This week, citizens of the United States will decide which political party controls the legislative branch, as well as several gubernatorial seats. Midterm elections will be held for 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 35 seats in the Senate, and 35 gubernatorial seats. These elections leave many wondering what impacts these elections will have on the equity markets as a whole.

November 1, 2022

The annual inflation rate in the United States has hit a decade-long high of 8.2%. While households may be feeling the impacts of this in their day-to-day lives, there are some positives to note. Looking ahead in 2023, households may see increased tax savings after certain credits and deductions have been significantly increased. In the same light, there are increased retirement savings opportunities.

October 26, 2022

Arguably the most important investment vehicle to help you get on track for your long-term financial goals is maximizing your workplace retirement plan. Whether you have access to a 401(k) or 403(b), here are ten things you may not know about your retirement plan.

October 18, 2022

The standing room temperature of a household is frequently a point of contention. However, whether you prefer the temperature on the cooler side or warmer side, once a number is set on the thermostat, you’ll soon adjust to that specific temperature in the room.

Budgeting on a monthly basis is a very similar analogy. If there is not a set system in place, it is very easy to seemingly adjust to your monthly income and lose track as to how much is saved versus spent each month.

October 12, 2022

Tip 1 Before retirement is “live”, consider how you will spend your time.

Out of the 24 hours in a day, the average American sleeps for 7 hours and works for 9 hours, which leaves 8 hours of “free time” per day.

October 5, 2022

Tax payments are one of the biggest pain points for many business owners. Federal, state, self-employment, and payroll taxes are just some of the obligations that a business owner must plan for throughout the course of the year. Here are a few tax tips that business owners can implement to be as tax efficient as possible.

September 27, 2022

Throughout the first three quarters of 2022, the United States economy has seen significant short-term volatility, with the S&P 500 seeing a 23% pullback in the summer months. While still maintaining sound investment principles of asset allocation, diversification, and having a long-term time horizon for money invested, many investors are seeking ways to take advantage of this volatile time.

September 21, 2022

For some clients, being charitably inclined is at the top of their list of goals with financial planning. Although donating to a charity is generally not done solely for the tax benefits, as the goal is to help a good cause, there are strategies that can be used to make sure that all tax benefits are being maximized when making charitable donations. We always want to make sure that a client’s financial plan is in line with their family’s values, and many clients see philanthropy as a way of living up to their values.

September 14, 2022

If you work for a state or local government, public school, or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit hospital, you may be eligible to contribute to a 457 retirement plan.

Whether you should contribute to such an account depends on a number of factors.

September 7, 2022

The average person will change jobs 5-7 times in their working lives, meaning approx. 30% of the labor force will change jobs every 12 months (Source: U.S. Department of Labor). A job change can be both exciting and stressful, so it is important to have a sound plan to help ensure that your finances are in line before and after making a switch.

August 31, 2022

Target date funds are one of the most popular investment options in retirement plans, especially within 401k plans. Target date funds, also known as life-cycle or age-based funds, are funds (generally a mutual fund) that makes an investor’s asset allocation more conservative as they get closer to a target date or age.

August 24, 2022

Choosing the right financial advisor can be one of the most important decisions that someone makes in their lifetime. A very important note when choosing an advisor is the method in which the advisor is compensated. Clients should be aware of all conflicts of interests. Here are a few compensation related conflicts of interest to consider:

August 17, 2022

If you have ever read financial headlines, I’m sure you are familiar with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, but have you ever wondered what it actually is?

August 10, 2022

Trusts are one piece of an estate plan that can help bring some structure to passing assets to the next generation. There are many different types of trusts, but the focus in this article will be around revocable and irrevocable trusts. Which is the “better” option will depend on the financial situation and estate planning goals.

Here are a few key definitions when referring to trusts/estate planning:

August 3, 2022

Next to planning for retirement, planning to pay for children’s education is generally the biggest goal we see clients have, and to some, it is even more important than retirement.

A lot of clients want to work well past normal retirement age, but certain protections end around age 65 (such as disability insurance). We generally recommend prioritizing:

July 27, 2022

Direct indexing is a sophisticated investment strategy that involves directly purchasing a limited number of individual equities that represent a major market index rather than purchasing an ETF or mutual fund that mirror the entire index. In the past, transaction costs through fees or commissions have made it difficult and expensive to implement direct indexing but with the rise of zero commission trading it is now much easier to implement with lower cost.

July 20, 2022

Having a sound investment strategy is crucial to giving an investor greater peace of mind, rather than relying solely on investment returns when making life decisions. At EWA, we follow 4 main investment pillars that help allow our clients to live life by design, rather than default, and make life choices without relying entirely on market returns.

July 13, 2022

There is often a debate between whether 401k/IRA contributions should be made on a pre-tax or Roth basis, but at EWA we generally recommend maxing out all possible Roth accounts each year. Since first allowed in 2010, the back door Roth IRA has become popular for high income earners, that are over the income limit to contribute directly into a Roth IRA, to take advantage of getting money into Roth.

July 6, 2022

With inflation rates hitting a 40 year high in 2022, many investors are looking for investments to hedge against high inflation, or ways to take advantage of the high inflation rates. Many clients have asked us about investing in series I bonds, and if they are a good investment.

June 29, 2022

As you have probably seen through news headlines, the federal reserve announced a 0.75% interest rate hike earlier in June. This was the largest rate hike since 1994, and they are expected to continue to increase interest rates through the rest of 2022.

Before panicking, let’s get a clear understanding of what this means and how it will impact your financial plan…

June 22, 2022

Due to the historically low interest rate environment the past few years, many investors often ask, “why should I ever hold bonds in my portfolio?”

June 15, 2022

A good plan can help you get through the worst of times.

Our main goal at EWA is to help ensure that clients can maintain their standard of living in different markets, and to have the peace of mind during various market conditions.

June 8, 2022

If you have followed financial headlines in the past few years, you have probably wondered if you should be investing in Bitcoin, or some form of cryptocurrency. But have you ever wondered what place it has in your financial plan?