Tax Reform 2.0 Is in the Works

The dust has not yet settled from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), passed into law in December 2017, and the House Ways and Means Committee is already considering another round of tax changes. The committee chair, Kevin Brady, Republican from Texas, wants to include input from stakeholders such as business groups, think tanks…

Concentration Risk Makes the S&P 500 Not the Best Benchmark

In today’s Marietta Daily Journal, Bil Lako, CFP®, explains why you probably shouldn’t compare your portfolio’s performance to the S&P 500 Index. Read the Article This article is for demonstrative and academic purposes and is meant to provide valuable background information on particular investments, NOT a recommendation to buy. The investments referenced within this article may currently…

How Some High-Income Taxpayers Can Maximize the New 20% Pass-through Business Deduction

Taxpayers with higher 1040 taxable incomes who are self-employed but are not “specified service businesses” may find it beneficial to structure new businesses, or restructure an existing business, as an S corporation to avoid taxable income limitations that apply to the new 20% Sec. 199A pass-through deduction. To make up for the tax reform’s reduction…

Case Study: Concentration Risk Makes The S&P 500 Not the Best Benchmark

Chief Investment Officer Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, is joined by Managing Associate D.J. Barker, CWS®, and Senior Associate Jarrett McKenzie, CFP®, CWS®, to take a deeper look at a common investor sentiment about not keeping up with market performance. They discuss the faults with the S&P 500 index as a benchmark, the problems with chasing returns and portfolio risk.