Investment Update – Q1

2018 – Recap At the beginning of last year (2018), we compared the market in 2017 similar to the climb to the top of a rollercoaster. People were excited, it was a slow and steady climb, and there was not much in the way of surprises. We all have been on a roller coaster, and we know what had to …

Business Exits: How To Decide With Your Head Not Your Heart

Business exits are racked with emotion and indecision. Learn how to approach your sale without the emotional burden, so you can get what you need. As a business owner, you spend most of your working years on steady, profitable expansion. When you’re calling the shots, there’s no limit to your growth, and there’s always more to achieve. Then, seemingly out …

A Complete Guide To Financial Goal Setting In 2019

Setting your financial goals at the start of the year can be a daunting, emotional process. But it doesn’t have to be. Here’s a complete guide to financial goal setting that will help you achieve more this year. To make this process less overwhelming and more actionable, it’s best to break down goals into short-term, mid-term and long-term categories. List …

What to Shred & What to Keep

You hear advice all the time that you should shred sensitive documents to reduce your risk of identity theft. However, what exactly are “sensitive documents,” and are there some you should keep for a while before destroying them? You are able to shred any of the following: Account Numbers, Passwords, PINs, Signatures, Social Security number, Date of Birth Tax Returns …

7 Social Security Myths & Truths

There’s so much at stake when it comes to determining your ideal retirement plan. How do you ensure you’re getting the most from your hard-earned Social Security benefits? Deciding when to file can be confusing enough, as you attempt to juggle the many variables that determine your optimal plan. Yet plenty of misinformation persists around this topic, making it even …

Here’s Your Year-end Tax Planning Checklist

While the holidays have us focused on gift lists, there’s another important one to keep in mind. Our year-end tax planning checklist, along with a little help from your tax planner, can make the difference between saving and paying.   Proactive financial experts know the months leading up to year-end are an ideal time to make final tax-saving moves, but …

Vance Wealth Welcomes New Team Members

At Vance Wealth, 2018 has marked a year of expansion and team growth. As we transition into a new building in Santa Clarita, we are also excited to have some new faces to help make the transition seamless and the services robust. While finding the best person for the job can be difficult for our tight-knit team, these two knocked …

Volatility has reappeared, but don’t lose focus

To begin the 4th Quarter, the equity markets have experienced some notable fluctuations – a sharp contrast from the steady upward climb we saw in 2017. Concerns about rising U.S. interest rates, trade disputes and the technology sector contributed to declines for all three major U.S. stock indices during this same period. The analysts at Raymond James agree the outlook …