With the recent passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the United States no longer has the highest top corporate tax rate among the world’s advanced economies.
Arnerich Massena’s year-end 2017 MarketCast is available for viewing. In this MarketCast, senior research analyst Arthur Coyne, CFA, discusses global economic trends and events over 2017. To view the MarketCast, visit http://arnerichmassena.com/Research-Resources/http://arnerichmassena.com/Research-Recources/. Read more
Families saving for future educational expenses were granted an unexpected gift from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: up to $10,000 of elementary or high school tuition and fees may now be paid (tax and penalty-free) from 529 savings accounts. (Previously, 529 plans were limited only to college expenses.) In this post, I will address how this change to the tax code affects residents of Oregon and Washington and will answer some of the questions we have been getting here at our office. Read more
Like a new year, parenthood brings with it many new experiences. Some are great — the first time you hold your child, the first time they smile, et cetera. Some are not — first diaper changes, the first all-nighter, and so on. The Arnerich Massena team is welcoming three babies in the coming months and we love hearing stories about these firsts from our new parents.
Sometime during those first few sleep-deprived months, most new parents stumble across the same thought: “Since I am now responsible for this other human being, I should probably get my finances and estate in order.” Read more
Perhaps the 74 million-mile distance between Mars and Venus has an influence on why men and women invest so differently. But most actual investment happens on Earth, where it may be advantageous to bring both perspectives to the table. How do men and women invest differently, how can they impact the long-term outcome of a portfolio, and why is it important to find a balance? Read more
In November, Arnerich Massena was a lead sponsor for The Shooting Star Foundation’s inaugural fundraiser (photos below), helping to launch this organization in its mission to support families who have children with special needs. Now, thanks to the November fundraising, the Shooting Star Foundation has unveiled its new website, which will help the organization grow awareness and increase its impact. Read more
Although women make up 37% of doctors and 33% of lawyers in the U.S., fewer than 10% of all U.S. fund managers are women1 and women make up less than 17% of U.S. CFA Institute members.2 Men manage about 75% of the industry’s assets exclusively.3
Arnerich Massena’s annual Giving Tree tradition is especially precious to us because it serves families in need from our own Irvington neighborhood. Each year, we reach out to families in Arnerich Massena’s I AM Learning Partnership community service programs to help those families who are less fortunate. This year, Arnerich Massena employees shopped for 24 children from 12 different families. Combining necessities with a few fun items, we’re glad to have the opportunity to bring some joy and relief this holiday season. Read more
Republicans in the House and Senate have passed tax reform bills in their respective chambers. As the bills now go to committee for reconciliation, several items are clear: first, the text of the final bill is not likely to be set until around Christmas, leaving taxpayers no time to take action ahead of the new rules for the 2017 tax year. Second, some changes to the itemization of an individual taxpayer’s deductions are on the way. Third, the legislative and budgetary environment in Washington makes it likely that, if a bill is passed, interpreting that bill’s provisions is going to be something of a guessing game– one accountant recently described to me the current state of the environment as being, “akin to the Wild West, where anything goes.” Read more
With rapid growth and a record-breaking year in 2017, bitcoin is making headlines. It’s consistently one of the top google searches, as people are trying to get a grasp of what it is and how it works. In our short video Bitcoin 101: The Basics of Bitcoin, Arnerich Massena’s Mitch Vogt, research analyst, provides some bitcoin fundamentals and answers basic questions about cryptocurrencies. Take a look at this 5-minute tutorial if you are curious about cryptocurrencies. We’ll continue to share our research as this story progresses; stay tuned for more.