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Death of the 4% Sustainable Withdrawal Rate?

Recently, the well-known 4% withdrawal rate rule of thumb has come under fire. For those not familiar, the 4% withdrawal rate comes from research by William Bengen, which demonstrated that, based on a historical analysis of stock and bond returns, retirees could withdraw up to 4% of their portfolio’s value each year over a 30-year […]

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Working Wealthy – Risk On, Risk Off

The market has been very good to investors the past few years. Aside from a harrowing but brief downturn in March and April of 2020, investors have been rewarded handsomely for investing in stocks. Is now the time to get greedy? We talk to clients all the time about risk—how much do you need; how […]

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A Social Security Guide – For Your Friend Who Is Divorced

If you have a friend who was divorced after being married at least ten years, they may be able to claim social security benefits on their ex-spouse’s work record. Here’s how it works: There are no decisions to make during the divorce. The benefits are determined by the Social Security Administration when your friend reaches […]

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Is Your Business Worth What You Think It Is?

We have all been there – you see a nice sports car, fire engine red, and think to yourself, “Wow, what a beautiful car!”  What makes it a nice car? Just the way it looks, or does knowing there is a ton of horsepower under the hood also make it desirable? But what if you […]

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Tax Increases and Stock Options. What Does This Mean for You?

With possible tax increases coming soon, what does that mean for your stock options? A new bill could be passed at the 11th hour, and with year-end approaching, now is the time to analyze how this may impact you. Stock Options – A Brief Overview Stock options give employees the right to buy company stock […]

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Retiring Law Partner’s Checklist

Congratulations, Counselor, you’ve decided to retire!  After a long and distinguished career, it’s time to ride off into the sunset and start enjoying life after the law.  So, as a parting gift, we’ve put together this short checklist of things you should do as you prepare for your retirement and separation from your firm.  I […]

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Working Wealthy – Can You Define Retirement?

My daughter turns eight this year, and she has been bitten by the reading bug. Don’t get me wrong; it’s a great thing—hopefully, a habit that lasts a lifetime. However, she has come to think of me as the household dictionary. And as a former English major, I was initially excited for the opportunity to […]

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Buy, Borrow, Die: Not Best for Everyone

With interest rates near historic lows and the market near all-time highs, there are more people borrowing against their portfolios than ever before. Using debt wisely to increase wealth and reduce taxes is not a new concept; however, recently, there has been a spotlight shined on the concept from Wall Street Journal’s article “Buy, Borrow, […]

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Top Considerations for Your Post-COVID Travel

At BDF, our mission is to help clients enjoy a full life. And for many, that full life includes travel. Unfortunately, we have been unable to travel over the past eighteen months as we did before the pandemic. Yet, as more of us become vaccinated and as the world gradually reopens, there is hope for […]

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Leaving Your Job? 4 Executive Compensation Considerations

Thinking about leaving your job? You’re not alone. 2021 is turning into the “Big Resignation,” with millions either quitting or thinking about leaving for greener pastures. If you are a professional falling into this camp, what does that mean for your Executive Compensation? Here are key considerations if you’re thinking about making a leap. 1. […]

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RainCatching™ Revisited

As the economy continues to get back to normal, lawyers are busier than ever.  With private equity firms and public company balance sheets brimming with cash, there continues to be historically high M&A and other activities that require the work of lawyers. Given how well many law firms are performing, I thought it would make […]

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Working Wealthy – Prioritize Your Estate Plan

Maybe we should start calling estate planning something other than an estate plan. For some, it feels like an imposing name or phrase, an estate plan. When I think of an estate, I think of the English countryside with rolling green manicured lawns and a stately mansion nestled in the middle of all the green. […]

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