Monthly Archives: April 2019

Arnerich Massena Welcomes Shelly Kapoor as Director of Operations

Arnerich Masssena is excited to announce that Shelly Kapoor has joined the firm as director of operations. Ms. Kapoor will be responsible for firm-wide day-to-day operations and cross-departmental coordination of client and internal deliverables. She comes to us with more than 15 years of experience in the finance industry, and an additional five years of consulting, human resources, and operational experience (read her full biography here). We are very excited to have this talented professional and demonstrated leader on our team and looking forward to streamlining and elevating our operational capabilities – and ultimately better serving our clients. Read more »

Listen to Part 1 of Arnerich Massena’s Podcast: Investment Committees: More than the sum of their parts

In our recent white paper, Investment Committees: More than the sum of their parts, we look at why some investment committees generate better investment outcomes than others. We examine what elements can make a committee successful, and discuss group dynamics that can systematically undermine an investment committee’s decision-making ability. In part 1 of our accompanying podcast series, senior consultants Chris Van Dyke, CFA, CAIA, and James Ellis, CFA, go even deeper, bringing their 35 years of collective experience working with committees to the discussion. Read more »

Arnerich Massena Employees Tour Randall Children’s Hospital NICU

Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center recently invited Arnerich Massena employees to tour their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Arnerich Massena’s Terri Schwartz, managing director of institutional services and business development, has served on the board of the Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation for two years and arranged the visit as an opportunity for Arnerich Massena staff to see directly the amazing work this facility is doing, much of it thanks to philanthropic donations from the community. Read more »

Arnerich Massena Publishes White Paper: Investment Committees: More than the sum of their parts

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new white paper: Investment Committees: More than the sum of their parts. The paper discusses how an investment committee’s ability to function as a team can impact the performance of their investment portfolio, and provides strategies for committees to strengthen their decision-making and group processes in order to ultimately improve outcomes. Read more »

Legislative Updates: First Quarter 2019

RETIREMENT ENHANCEMENT AND SAVINGS ACT & THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

As 2018 drew to a close, there seemed to be a real possibility that meaningful retirement legislation would be signed into law. After the November midterms, the prospects for passage of the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act (RESA) legislation improved. Yet in late December, the stalemate over funding for a border barrier and the failure to reach a spending agreement eliminated the chances for a continuing resolution and resulted in the government shutdown. Another piece of legislation that will need to be reintroduced is the Receiving Electronic Statements To Improve Retiree Earnings (RETIRE) Act, which was designed to amend the Employee Retirement Income and Security Act (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code (Code) to allow plan documents required for participants, beneficiaries, and other individuals to be delivered electronically. Read more »

Tax Surprises? Here’s Why and What You Can Do About Them

That howling wind-like sound you heard at midnight on Monday, April 15 was accountants across the country exhaling at the end of what has been one of the most trying tax seasons many CPAs have ever worked through. The 2018 tax season has been particularly hard on accountants because, in addition to all of the data gathering and return preparation work that they do every year, this year many of them have had to serve another role: the bearer of really bad financial news. Taxpayers across the country have been surprised with their tax obligations under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and it is likely their CPAs who are explaining this system to folks for the first time. Today’s post will focus on some of the root causes of these tax surprises and propose a solution or two for those who owe more than expected.

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What do you do when your adult children can’t stand on their own financial feet?

I recently wrote a blog post about some of the challenges parents face when allocating money between spending on their children and saving for their own retirement. In this post, we’ll look at a specific scenario that we see fairly often as financial planners: clients with adult children who have not successfully launched their own financial lives. This picture can be painted with many different brushes — in some instances, parents may be helping children through a temporary bind as they fall on hard times, or in some cases, the adult child has been sheltered from real-world economic decisions and is facing a steep learning curve — but at the end of the day, the analysis is the same: how is the extra support for children impacting the parents’ ability to maintain their own lifestyle? Read more »

Does my child need this? Helping parents with the difficult challenges that arise when it comes to kids and spending

The recent college admission scandal has brought to light a subject many financial planners are all too familiar with: parents will sometimes go to ridiculous lengths to support their children. While the headlines may be dominated by the Hollywood names involved in college admission schemes, parents taking unreasonable financial risks for their children is an issue lurking just beneath the surface in many families. Read more »