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Rainier Group Joins Coldstream

SEATTLE, WA – April 3, 2017 – Coldstream Holdings, Inc. (CHI), the parent company of Coldstream Wealth Management, a registered investment adviser, announced today that it has closed its merger with The Rainier Group, Inc., a Bellevue firm that offers investment advisory and mid-market business consulting services. Rainier Group Investment Advisory, LLC is now doing business as Coldstream Wealth Management, and Rainier Group Business Advisory continues to operate under the name and brand of The Rainier Group, Inc.

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Disability Advisory Services Sponsors WSAJ for 2nd Year

Coldstream’s Disability Advisory Services (DAS), always dedicated to delivering holistic financial guidance to individuals with a disability who have received a financial settlement, is proud to announce their comprehensive gold sponsorship with the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) for the second year in a row.

The “oldest and largest civil justice advocacy organization in the Pacific Northwest,” WSAJ collaborates with Washington’s top legal and consumer protection groups to ensure the rights of wronged consumers, injured citizens, patients, and workers are upheld.

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Coldstream Grows with the Addition of Rainier Group

On behalf of everyone at Coldstream, we proudly welcome the latest addition to our family of services: The Rainier Group, a Bellevue firm that offers investment advisory and mid-market business consulting services. Founded in 1988 with many of the same core values that have contributed to Coldstream’s success, Rainier Group will join us as a 6th client advisory team while also adding a new affiliate business consulting arm to our suite of complementary client solutions.

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Coldstream’s DAS at Outdoors For All Gala

Coldstream’s Disabled Advisory Services (DAS) team celebrated with our guests at Outdoors For All’s annual gala in October. The evening raised over $350,000 for programs that enrich the lives of people living with a disability through outdoor recreation experiences. OFA is the nation’s leading year-round recreation program, serving over 2,400 individuals each year. Thanks to our supportive guests and the incredibly passionate Coldstream team!

George R. Pierce & Associates Join Coldstream

SEATTLE, WA – March 4, 2016 – Coldstream Wealth Management announces their merger with George R. Pierce & Associates (GP), an independent wealth management firm based in Seattle, WA, and the opening of a downtown office on Lake Union. Coldstream, advising over 600 households and $1.57 billion in assets as of December 31st, 2015, adds approximately 300 households and $325 million in assets with the addition of GP. Post-closing, GP will take on Coldstream’s name.

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Coldstream Welcomes Two New Members to Board

Coldstream Holdings, Inc. welcomes John Orehek and Gary Rubens to the firm’s board of directors. With access to new networks and diverse industry expertise, these additions mark a key achievement for Coldstream Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries—Coldstream Wealth Management, Fit Insurance, Genesee Investments, and Ascent Capital—as they move forward on a focused path towards continued strategic growth.

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Charitable Giving: Options & Deadlines for 2015

As the year comes to a close, you may be considering charitable gifting. With so many mechanisms to do so, it is necessary to plan ahead. Start by deciding who will receive your donation. We are here to help with the what, how, and when of charitable giving.

Although using cash is the simple and straightforward method for gifting, it may be advantageous to consider your options before writing that check. For example, if you were to liquidate securities in order to raise cash for the donation, you would be responsible for paying taxes on the possible gains associated with the sale. Any capital gain would negate a substantial portion of the tax benefits of charitable giving. READ MORE

Coldstream News – Retreat, Celebration, & Events

Building Connections & Fostering Growth

At Coldstream, we believe that our people and our culture are key components to our success. This September we hosted an all-company retreat in Seabrook, WA, focused on strengthening ties between our teams. Over the course of two days, we engaged in a variety of team building activities that helped us get to know each other better and create memorable experiences. We find that when we build connections between employees, we develop a stronger foundation from which to better serve you.

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Preparing for Year-End Tax Planning

Year-end tax planning may be especially challenging this year because Congress has yet to act on a host of tax breaks that expired at the end of 2014. Some of these tax breaks may be retroactively reinstated and extended, but Congress may not decide the fate of these tax breaks until the very end of this year (and, possibly, not until next year).

For individuals, these tax breaks include:

  • the option to deduct state and local sales and use taxes instead of state and local income taxes
  • the above-the-line-deduction for qualified higher education expenses
  • tax-free IRA distributions for charitable purposes by those age 70-1/2 or older

For businesses, tax breaks that expired at the end of last year and may be retroactively reinstated and extended include:

  • 50% bonus first year depreciation for most new machinery, equipment and software
  • the $500,000 annual expensing limitation
  • the research tax credit

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Will a Broader Fiduciary Definition Help Us Save for Retirement?

 

In 1974 the Department of Labor passed the Employees Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to protect pension plan investors, which eventually came to govern 401(k) plans and other similar defined–contribution plans. The retirement savings landscape has changed significantly over the past forty years, characterized by a shift from defined benefit pension plans to defined contribution plans, which put the retirement savings onus on individual savers and investors. More recently, the DOL’s has proposed a Conflicts of Interest Rule, or more commonly called the “Fiduciary Rule,” to better protect retirement savers by modernizing ERISA and expanding the definition of fiduciary.

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