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Aligning Values – Transitioning your portfolio to match your beliefs.


Our client had spent many years invested in a traditional portfolio with a large allocation to broad market stocks.  As her adult son became more active in political and social causes, she too began to take an interest in these causes and found her values transformed.  She came to us one day wanting to transform her portfolio to align better with these values. Please see disclosures at the end of this brief. 

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Focusing on the Bottom Line – Investing in a tax-efficient way.


Wealthy individuals have the unique ability to pursue investment strategies similar to traditional institutional investors, such as endowments, but have the added challenge of considering the tax impact of their choices. This impact can be significant, and 2013 tax law changes increased the burden materially. These changes included an increase in the highest marginal tax rate on ordinary income from 35% to 39.6%, an increase in the highest tax rate on capital gains and qualified dividends from 15% to 20%, as well as a new 3.8% surtax on net investment income for high earners. All of this is before consideration of state taxes, which can be significant! Please see disclosures at the end of this brief. 


Improving Outcomes – Outsourcing your Chief Investment Officer.


A family with aggregate investment assets of about $500 million had a family office with one investment professional and several support staff.  The family office had experienced personnel turnover every few years because the family was not able to create career opportunities for the staff. When their current investment professional had announced her intention to leave, the head of the family decided to explore alternative ways to obtain the services the family needed. Please see disclosures at the end of this brief. 

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Seizing Opportunities – Expanding options through tax optimization.


A number of our clients are serial entrepreneurs or deeply involved in venture capital. Both of these career paths come with numerous demands as well as many opportunities and risks associated with tax planning. Without expertise and experience in tackling these complex tax issues, how can you be sure you are making the right choices for your business and your finances? Please see disclosures at the end of this brief.