How To Lower Your Taxes in 2020

Although it’s been pushed back to July 15, Tax Day 2020 will be here sooner than you know! Paying taxes is never fun – but Libertyville, Illinois residents can take a number of steps to lower them. All it takes is a bit of planning. Here are a few tax-savings strategies:   Are you on

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What To Do When the Market Plunges

Libertyville, IL investors – and anyone looking at the news, for that matter – have seen rapidly falling markets over the last several weeks. Fears over the worldwide spread of the coronavirus have sent broad indexes such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and the S&P 500 into bear market territory, defined as a

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How a Financial Advisor Can Help You With Estate Planning

Many people think estate planning involves a lawyer more than a financial advisor. Estate planning, after all, concerns what happens should you become incapacitated or die. It’s the province of powers of attorney and wills.  Are you on the right financial path? Contact Prism Planning Partners today for a consultation!  However, working with a Libertyville

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The Role of “Work” in Retirement

The concept of retirement is undergoing a metamorphosis.  Demographic, societal, and workplace trends have all converged to offer a stage of life that is much more fluid and flexible than what most of us previously imagined.  In fact, retirement has become a matter of personal definition.   What Is “Retirement”? is an extensive report based

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ADDING MORE LIFE TO YOUR YEARS

Advances in health care have added years to our life.  However, Laura Carstensen, founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity and author of A Long Bright Future, proclaims it is time to add more life to our years. In a recent Op Ed piece for the Wall Street Journal, Carstensen issued this challenge: Given

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The Third Age Redefines Lifespan Realities

As we navigate life in the 21st century, the trend that will have the most profound effect on the future of our society (and other industrialized societies) is the “Age Wave.”  In other words, we are living longer and the percentage of older adults is growing at an unprecedented rate. An important factor contributing to

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CONQUER “FINANCIAL STACKING”

In a recent editorial for the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), Brent Neiser commented on “Financial Stacking: A Modern American Burden.” He wrote:   Myriad choices, opportunities, and expectations generated by the financial services industry, media, advertisements, experts, employers—and even family and friends—create an amassment of jumbled priorities that often leads to inaction, frustration,

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Buying Ourselves the Gift of Time

Most adults are increasingly experiencing a time crunch.  The result is mounting stress and compromised health and vitality.  And yet, despite their best efforts, many individuals express frustration about not being able to bring tasks to completion or having enough time to focus on what or who is most important to them. Scientists have even

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STRATEGIES FOR THE SANDWICH GENERATION

A growing number of individuals and couples are entering the ranks of the Sandwich Generation.  What they have in common is that they are “caught in the middle” between the competing needs and wants of their dependent children and aging parents.  In addition, they also need to prepare for their own retirement years and potential

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