Retirement

One of the most common concerns I hear about retirement is the fear of being bored.  Given the weeks, months, and years ahead that need to be filled with something other than your job, it’s understandable.  To make matters worse, many of us know a relative or friend who was aimless and miserable in retirement….

Just because you run a successful business doesn’t necessarily mean that you will exit from it successfully. Planning can increase the odds that you will transfer your business on terms you’re comfortable with.  Yet very few business owners engage in proactive exit planning, failing to establish arrangements for a thoughtful transfer of ownership that protects…

It seems intuitive: a deal requires compromise. Sellers and buyers each have their own goals (some more realistic than others) and should come together, but each often begins the process oblivious to the other’s needs. Suppose you’ve owned an auto service station for 30 years. You are tired of all the hassles and have made…

Pre-retirement coaching is designed to help late career professionals and business owners sort through the head and heart side of the retirement transition.  For those who have never availed themselves of coaching, the process might seem like a black box.  How does coaching help a person get from point A to point B?  This chart…

Throughout my career as a psychologist, I treated many people who found themselves dissatisfied with their life in retirement.  They had given little thought to the magnitude of this transition and their aimlessness was palpable.  It struck me that a handful of preparatory discussions before they retired might have saved them from significant discomfort not…

For many of us, work is a primary source of accomplishment and pride.  Throughout the course of our career, we point to projects completed, problems solved, and people helped.  If you’re contemplating retirement, it’s easy to imagine you will find yourself missing the satisfaction that comes from a job well done, not to mention dwelling…

There is something I’ve noticed when people tell me about their first year of retirement.  Occasionally they will mention adjusting to living on a fixed income, but more often it’s the non-financial side of things that occupies their mind. In some instances they sound pleased. For example, they’re eager to talk about new hobbies, interests,…

Program produced by XPX South Florida. Please join XPX South Florida for the third installment of our 2022 exciting, in-depth seven-part “Lunch and Learn” series, where our Chapter’s professional advisers will discuss the exit planning strategies to be employed by a model middle market software development company with $50 million in annual revenues. In this…

This XPX New York program discusses savings vehicles and gift giving strategies to reduce state income tax burdens including: i) Non-Grantor Incomplete Gift Trusts, ii) Spousal Lifetime Access Trusts, iii) Business Interest Discounts, and much more. Our Speaker: Steven HoltPartnerMandelbaum Barrett Steven A. Holt is Chair of the Firm’s Taxation, Trusts and Estates and Charitable…

After a powerful advance last year, the stock market has started 2022 on a down note. Between elevated inflation, heightened volatility and the Federal Reserve’s more hawkish stance, where could markets go from here? If we can’t expect another 20%-plus gain, what can we look forward to? And what kinds of businesses have the right…

In this book I focus on the often used exit plan for mid-sized companies that because of their size and sophistication or the owner’s personal preferences, are not good candidates for an outside third party sale. This path is called the “insider Transfer”, where the buyers are the key employees of the business. If planned…

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