At Braun-Bostich & Associates, our Certified Financial Planners (CFP®) deliver a range of wealth management solutions to individuals, families, and businesses that aid in developing sound financial plans that best meet your goals and financial life needs.
Cash Flow and Budgeting
Cash flow planning and budgeting often go hand in hand. Whether you’re a business, an individual, or a family planning out how your cash flow is going to match your spending needs, cash flow planning is in direct correlation with an effective budget. Whereas a cash flow plan focuses on long-term finances, a budget is much more helpful on a micro scale. Budgets also lend themselves to the formulation of a plan for finding where you can save for the future and retirement.
- Income & Expenses
- Percent of income
- Debt ratio
- Banking & Credit Management
- Debt & LOCs
- One Time Expenses & How to Pay for Them
- Unexpected (emergencies & opportunities)
Risk Management & Insurance Planning
Risk Management is the practice of identifying and analyzing loss exposures and taking steps to minimize the financial impact of the risks they impose. A key component of any financial plan should be planning for unexpected events that may prevent you from meeting your future financial goals. This is known as risk management planning. Each year many people face financial disaster through premature death, disability, or a prolonged illness. As part of your financial plan, we review your current insurance coverage for potential shortfalls. Where appropriate, we make specific insurance recommendations to better protect you and your loved ones from financial catastrophe.
- Audit Existing Policies
- Conduct Insurance Needs Analysis
- Review Impact of Long Term Care
- Disability Analysis
- Health, Homeowners, Auto, Renter's Insurance Review
- Liability Coverage
- Using HSAs, Employer Benefits
- Medicare Advice
By planning for the assistance to loved ones, you prepare for a variety of situations that can occur during your lifetime. This may include caring for children or grandchildren, helping adult children and other family members, paying for college, making major purchases, changes in marital status, caring for aging parents and keeping them safe, and even providing for the care of a beloved family pet.
- Gifting & it's Impact
- College or Post Secondary Education Planning
- Roth IRAs for Children
- UTMAs / UGMAs
- Establishing Trusts
- Divorce Planning
- Planning for Needs of Parents, Children
Investment planning is the process of aligning your financial goals with your investment resources. It is the main component of financial planning, which puts to use your savings and ensures you earn more money through investing. The first step to a successful investment plan is identifying your financial goals, objectives, and risk tolerance in order to direct you in the type and allocation of investment vehicles. Having a plan for your investments gives you a sense of direction and purpose so you can achieve maximum, risk-adjusted return on your investments. Our investment planning process also helps you decide on the best investment strategy to meet your financial goals.
- Portfolio Positions & Review
- Goal-Based Asset Allocation
- Risk Management
- Titling & Beneficiary Designations
- Advice on Retirement Plan 401(k), 403(b), etc.
- Goal & Risk-Based Investment
- Policy Statement
- Stock Options & Concentration of Stock
Tax planning is the analysis of a financial situation or plan to ensure that all elements work together to allow you to pay the lowest amount in taxes possible. A plan that minimizes how much you pay in taxes is referred to as tax efficient. Tax planning should be an essential part of an individual investor's financial plan. Reduction of tax liability and maximizing the ability to contribute to retirement plans are crucial for success. Maximizing Roth Conversions, reducing Medicare premiums by careful tax management, and utilizing opportunities like Qualified, Charitable Distributions and Donor-Advised Funds are all part of a comprehensive tax strategy.
- Tax Efficient Investing
- Tax Loss Harvesting
- Roth Conversions
- HSAs & FSAs
- Donor-Advised Funds
- Tax return Analysis
- Tax Estimates
Retirement planning allows you to create financial security while you’re working so that you can be financially comfortable when you retire. It is the process you put in place to maintain your finances after you leave the workforce. Retirement planning has five fundamental steps: 1. Knowing when to start, 2. Calculating how much money you'll need, 3. Setting priorities, 4. Choosing accounts, and 5. Choosing investments. Generally, the idea is to invest more aggressively when you’re young, and then slowly dial back to a more conservative mix of investments as you approach retirement age.
- Review of Plans & Plan Documents
- Establish Retirement Goals & Projections
- Social Security Claiming Strategies
- Retirement Income Strategies
- Pension Analysis & Selection
- Fixed Ratio Coverage & Maintenance
Estate planning is an umbrella term that covers many different documents – including wills, trusts, powers of attorney (POA), and beneficiary forms – all intended to determine what happens when you pass away or are unable to make decisions for yourself. While it can be a difficult topic to address, ultimately, it's a very important one. Without the road map that an estate plan provides, your assets can wind up in legal limbo for years, putting a burden on your heirs and other family members who are left to deal with sorting out your finances. Besides facilitating the transfer of your assets to those you choose, estate planning can help minimize income, gift, and estate taxes, among other things.
- Review Existing Documents
- Make Recommendations Based on Personal Situation
- Unified credit trusts
- Irrevocable trusts
- Grantor trusts
- Charitable remainder trusts
- Revocable trusts
- Special needs trusts
- Analysis of Tax Minimization Strategies
- Estate Projections Over Time