Do I need to provide credit information on my auto insurance application?

When you apply for an auto insurance policy, don’t be surprised to find questions about your credit on the insurance company’s application. In addition to the other information you provide, the company may use your credit information as part of its applicant-screening process. But are insurance companies being too nosy and intrusive when they request…

Managing the Failure Points

Over the years (decades), I have been asked for tips on everything from starting a business to the perfunctory cocktail question of, “What do you do?”. Regardless of the question, the answer is the same: I manage failure points. That answer tends to end most casual cocktail conversation with an odd stare—which is fine by…

Will You Get a Refund or Owe for 2018?

Your refund is the amount that your pre-payments (withheld income tax, estimated tax payments, and certain credits) exceed your tax liability, and if the pre-payment also got reduced, you could be in for an unpleasant surprise at tax time. So, why would the pre-payments, particularly withholding, be less? Simply because the current W-4 form on…

Donor-Advised Funds: Impactful Giving the Easy Way

In today’s Marietta Daily Journal, Bil Lako, CFP®, explains how easy it is for the charitably inclined to establish their own donor-advised fund to increase the impact of their giving. 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…