Estate Planning in a Post 2012 Taxpayer Relief Act Environment

For many people, the last few months of 2012 were an estate planning headache weighing the costs and benefits of gifting to children or trusts while debating whether the Federal government would increase or decrease the lifetime unified credit.  The lifetime unified credit is the total combined amount you may transfer while alive (without incurring gift tax liability) and through your estate (without incurring estate tax liability), referred to hereinafter as the “exemption amount”.  For the better part of a decade, there has been uncertainty and the looming deadline of legal change.  After the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“Act”), we now know the rules of the game going forward.   READ MORE

F5 St. Patty’s Day Dash Success!

The sun came out to shine on the 13,000+ participants and 300+ volunteers, who made the 29th St. Patty’s Day Dash a huge success! Over a dozen companies took the Coldstream corporate team challenge to increase internal wellness. The winning team was Coinstar with 115 runners over F5, Zonar Systems, T-Mobile, Deloitte & Touche, NY Life, NorthCoast Electric, Coldstream and others. Congrats to Coinstar!

Thanks for the support and your participation to make your work environment a healthier place!

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Coldstream Special Event – Jason Trennert, Strategas Partners Presentation

Strategas Investment Strategy Outlook – Equities & The T.I.N.A. Factor January 2013

Coldstream had the honor of hosting Strategas Research Partners on January 23rd at Overlake GCC. Strategas’ Chief Strategist and a regular on CNBC, Jason Trennert shared his major investment themes for 2013 in a post-election environment with “fiscal cliff” uncertainty.

Watch the video: https://www.coldstream.com/events

 

Time to review your life insurance policy?

Reviewing your life insurance policy does not generally score high on ones list of priorities, but the reality is that life insurance policies seldom perform to the expectation set out at the issuance of the policy.  And, while life insurance is not typically viewed as an investment, it can often hold large sums (cash values) of family wealth, further leveraged with death benefits that can have a great impact on the planning of one’s affairs.  Therefore, it is important that periodic and comprehensive reviews be completed on the adequacy and efficiency of your risk coverage. READ MORE

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