I’m a financial planner, and there are 3 ways my advice to clients has changed during COVID-19

Sharif Muhammad •
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As the COVID-19 virus raged through the northeast US in March, I received numerous calls from concerned clients pleading for information and guidance. Questions like, “Should I get out of the market?”, “Which bills should I prioritize?” and “Should I pay the rent/mortgage?”  As we discussed these and other issues, I realized that we were


When my mother died without a will, I learned a big lesson about money management as an African American

Angie Chatman •
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The most valuable of my mother’s assets was her home — a modest, 1,225 square-foot bungalow on Chicago’s south side with three bedrooms, a single bath, a large backyard, and a one-car garage. My mother bought the house in 1986 for $55,000, the equivalent of $123,000 today. She paid off the mortgage in 2011, which


A wealth manager to millionaires says parents who leave their kids money often miss the most important step

Tanza Loudenback •
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Michael Farrell, a wealth manager to millionaires, believes there’s much more to inheritance than handing over money. Farrell is managing director of a wealth management firm whose typical client is worth at least $10 million. “We tend to work with a lot of first-generation wealth creators. They have a bit of a blue-collar mentality about their


4 ways to improve your estate plan

Jamie Hopkins •
4 Ways To Improve Your Estate Plan

Everyone’s heard the stories of celebrities who died without a proper estate plan in place. It’s been a hot topic in the last few years with Prince and Aretha Franklin serving as unfortunate faces of the phenomenon. But it’s not just freewheeling entertainers. Abraham Lincoln—a lawyer by trade—didn’t have one either, which leads me to