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Category: Employer-Provided Benefits

November 14, 2023

Tips for Microsoft Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment at Microsoft begins in early November. The following is a summary of elections to consider, and as always, please reach out to your Coldstream advisory team if you have questions. HSA (Health Savings Account) If you choose an HSA eligible health plan, you can modify your HSA elections at any point during the year, [...]

David McintoshAlex McBain
Contributions from: David McIntosh, CFP®, Alex McBain

October 26, 2023

Getting the Most from Your Amazon Benefits

Amazon provides generous company benefits that can help you build wealth, manage risk, and secure your future. It’s important to consider how to best integrate the additional compensation, retirement, and health benefits into your financial plan. Equity Awards Your grants of Amazon restricted stock units (RSUs) can help increase your cash flow or meet long-term [...]

Katie Mietus
Contributions from: Katie Berntson, CFP®

August 14, 2023

Getting The Most From Your Microsoft Benefits

Microsoft (MSFT) provides generous company benefits which can help employees build wealth, manage risk and secure their future. It’s important to consider how to best integrate the additional compensation, retirement and health benefits into your financial plan. Equity Awards Your annual grants of Microsoft shares can support short-term cash flow needs or long-term goals, such [...]

David Mcintosh
Contributions from: David McIntosh, CFP®, Anne Marie Stonich, CFP®, CPA

February 23, 2023

Should I Participate in Deferred Comp?

This is a common question we receive from high-income executives looking for ways to reduce their tax burden. It seems like a no-brainer to defer paying taxes and keep those funds invested – right? While it’s true that tax-deferral can accelerate the growth of your investments over time, there are significant drawbacks to deferred comp [...]

Ian Curtiss
Contributions from: Ian Curtiss, CFP®, CFA®, ChSNC, Anne Marie Stonich, CFP®, CPA

January 26, 2023

Diversifying Concentrated Stock Positions: Creating a Roadmap

As we continue exploring the road to diversifying concentrated stock positions (Part 1), you may want to ask yourself “what’s my worst acceptable scenario.” Sound dark? Well, it’s better than your worst non-acceptable scenario! Start with setting some guard rails. For example, if you aren’t comfortable with the possibility of getting nothing from your concentrated [...]

David Bigelow
Contributions from: David Bigelow, CFP®, MBA

January 15, 2023

Diversifying Concentrated Stock Positions: Navigating the Path Less Traveled

Generating wealth and retaining wealth can be two conflicting skillsets, especially when a major source of that wealth is a concentrated stock position. The former requires bold risk-taking, optimism, and allowing eggs to pile up in one basket. The latter requires planning, humility, being proactive, and a certain degree of paranoia. Navigating this shift in [...]

David Bigelow
Contributions from: David Bigelow, CFP®, MBA

October 12, 2022

Maximizing Your Employer Benefits

In the world of wealth management, fall season is synonymous with open enrollment. Many people choose to simply re-elect last year’s elections without giving them a second thought. Yet, taking full advantage of your employee benefits can provide an opportunity to maximize your savings. We hope you find these tips on optimizing common benefits helpful [...]

Contributions from: Kristi Panza

October 7, 2022

Understanding Your Benefits at Virginia Mason

Virginia Mason offers their employees a robust suite of retirement benefits. When utilized correctly, these benefits can be valuable assets to your financial plan. Throughout this article, we’ve highlighted the pros and cons of the most prominent benefits. Virginia Mason Retirement Plans 403(b) Plan With this plan you can defer anywhere from 1% to 80% [...]

David Bigelow
Contributions from: David Bigelow, CFP®, MBA

October 7, 2022

Save More for Retirement with Your Health Savings Account

As you plan for retirement, consider using one of the best options for building tax-advantaged savings – a Health Savings Account (HSA). An HSA is a medical savings account available to anyone enrolled in an HSA compatible high-deductible health plan (HDHP). For the year 2022, the IRS defines an HDHP as a plan with a deductible of [...]

Eric Schuehle
Contributions from: Eric Schuehle

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