Money Book Gives Insights to High Net Worth Individuals

When people recommend a financial planning book I often cringe. So many financial and investment books provide poor advice. But recently a client asked me to read Tony Robbins’ Money: Master The Game – 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom and I’ve found many solid, practical ideas in the book. Business owners and high net worth individuals may feel the same. Yes, the book’s long. I’m only on page 340 of its 627 pages. But here are some reasons why Money: Master The Game may be worth your time. First, I believe in taking financial and investment advice from high net worth individuals who have […] Read more »

6 Small but Impactful Financial Steps for High Net Worth Individuals and Business Owners in 2015

For a moment, put aside the country’s economic prospects. Focus on your own personal financial outlook and that of your own business. We’re already more than a month into 2015. Are you seeing financial improvements? Do you have a solid investment and financial plan for the year? Personally, I think the country’s in an improving economy right now with lots of opportunity for smart business owners and high net worth individuals (HNWI). But financial conditions can change quickly. For you to reach your 2015 business and personal financial goals you need financial insight. Here are six ideas that may give you greater opportunities to grow […] Read more »

How Smart the Millennial Generation is Saving for Retirement

Does it surprise you that the Millennial Generation (1980-99 birth dates) is a bigger generation than the Baby Boomers? In the United States, we have 76 million Baby Boomers and 87 million Millennials. And here’s another amazing fact. What do you think the average age in the U.S. is? Would you believe it’s 22? These facts, a conversation with a Millennial, and two reports from Dimensional Fund Advisors led me to these conclusions: 1. Millennials, now ages 15-34 are good but not genius retirement savers 2. Planning retirement savings isn’t any more critical than planning retirement consumption 3. The smartest savers, Millennials and other generations, […] Read more »

High Net Worth Individuals: Best Practices

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Becoming a high net worth individual (HNWI) is one thing; maintaining that wealth can be quite another. Here are some simple but often overlooked best practices for maintaining wealth.  1. Think why before how Don’t even think about how to grow or maintain your wealth until you understand your goals, comprehend your long-term needs and put your situation in context. Think about your financial “pain points.” How important is it to ease that challenge or pain? How will making a financial move affect your family? Why will making a move make you better off than you are today? 2. Understand how all your finances fit […] Read more »

The Business Owners Financial Checklist

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You may feel like April 15, 2015 is light-years away. It’s not. Start preparing for your tax bill and take stock of your business’s financial situation now. Small actions now could prevent the need for bigger, costlier actions later. Here are 10 simple steps business owners can use to improve a business’s tax and financial readiness.   1. Re-evaluate your business entity Many small businesses start out as sole proprietorships or partnerships, but eventually transition to another entity. For example, if your business is not incorporated, you may want to consider incorporating (either as a C Corp, S Corp, or LLC) to shelter you from […] Read more »

7 Deadly Investor Traps

7 Deadly Investor traps

Click to view this slideshow “7 Deadly Investor Traps” on Slide Share Was this helpful? Can I help you think through any other issues about your retirement? Please feel free to call me, Gene Offredi, CFP, RFC at 203.453.1017 or visit our website at Summit Investor Coach, LLC.   Tweet Read more »

Does Your Business Reward Employee Performance?

Google “Five Guys Burgers and Fries Articles” and you’ll get 86,300 results. Five Guys is a huge business success and it’s still a family-run business with the mother, father, and five sons in charge. I find it fascinating to read that two key elements of the restaurant chain’s success (a billion in annual sales) relate directly to people issues. You and I can learn from their example. Reward Employee Performance First, Five Guys rewards employees liberally for outstanding performance. Rather than spend on marketing or advertising, Five Guys collects 1.5 percent from every franchisee and distributes that money to the work crews who score the […] Read more »

Business Owners: Stick with What You Do Best

Business owners can reach higher levels of success by studying what other companies do to succeed. That’s one reason I recently did some research about the family-owned, highly successful restaurant chain, Five Guys. Why use Five Guys as a model? Family Business magazine calls them one of the restaurant industry’s largest family-owned businesses. Five Guys has 1,000 restaurants and 2012 sales of $1 billion plus. That’s a pretty high level of success. Make Only Quality Products An article in Inc. magazine says that Five Guys attributes much of its success to producing a high quality product and only doing what the restaurant does best. The […] Read more »

Business Lessons from “Five Guys Burgers and Fries”

They’ve been featured in many of the major national media outlets including Forbes and Inc. magazines. A Family Business magazine feature calls them one of the restaurant industry’s largest family-owned businesses with some 1,000 restaurants and 2012 sales of $1 billion plus. You’ve seen the growth they’ve had here in Connecticut. So I thought you and I could certainly learn from Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Imagine: Their success began just 27 years ago with a single location in Arlington, VA. When two of Jerry Murrell’s sons chose not to go to college Jerry told them he’d use their college education fund to open a […] Read more »

The Best Advice I Ever Got

What happens when you ask 21 luminaries from all walks – finance, law, tech, the military, and beyond – for the one piece of advice that got them to where they are today? Mindy Grossman CEO of HSN When I was at Nike, I was bemoaning the fact that somebody on my team wasn’t performing – and I was trying to get him to perform better. Finally, Phil Knight (Nike co-founder and chairman) said to me, “Mindy, what you really have to focus on is not trying to make ordinary people extraordinary. You need to hire extraordinary people.” In today’s world, talent is so critical […] Read more »