2014 St. Patrick’s Day Dash

2014 Dash

As part of Coldstream’s Employee Health & Wellness Initiative, we are once again sponsoring the St. Patty’sDay Dash Challenge!  Accept our challenge and join us in Seattle’s largest single-distance run, walk, jog or crawl.  There are two ways to participate!

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Disabled Advisory Services

Wealth in the form of an injury settlement requires a unique and comprehensive management approach.  Compassion, education, understanding family dynamics and building a team around you who will serve for years to come are hallmarks of our Disabled Advisory Services.  We have established key strategic relationships with other service providers to facilitate any projects or initiatives you require to navigate the new complexities of your life.

Who Do You Rely On?

Recently I was completing a registration form to subscribe to an industry publication and a commonly asked question on the application struck me in a very peculiar way. It simply asked “Which best describes your primary business activity?”  I have seen this hundreds of times, yet this time it caused me to reflect differently. The first thought in my mind was the overwhelming array of service providers that are defined within our industry category (financial services) offering guidance and assistance to families of affluence, and secondly, how horrible it must be for the affluent to navigate our industry to make the right advisor decisions for their unique situation.READ MORE

Tax Implications after DOMA

On June 26, 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled Section 3 of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional as it violates the equal protection clause of the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution as applied to persons of the same sex who reside in states that recognize same-sex marriages.

This decision entitles same-sex married couples many federal tax related benefits.  These benefits will have an impact on their income tax filing status, estate and gift tax planning, employee benefits, and ability to inherit social security benefits, among others.READ MORE

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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Darren Ritchie attaining the CAIA designation

Congratulations to Coldstream Senior Analyst Darren Ritchie for attaining the CAIA designation.

The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (“CAIA”) program comprises a two-tier exam process through which one may earn the CAIA charter, the global mark of distinction in alternative investments.  The CAIA program curriculum covers a wide range of topics within the alternative universe, including professional standards and ethics, regulation, private equity, real estate, commodities and managed futures, hedge funds, structured credit, manager due diligence, risk management, and portfolio management.  Since its inception in 2003, more than 5,400 individuals in over 75 countries have earned the CAIA designation and thousands more have become candidates in the CAIA program.  The CAIA Association was co-founded by the Alternative Investment Management Association, the global trade association for the alternative industry, and the Center for International Securities and Derivatives Markets at the University of Massachusetts, a leader in alternative investment research and education.

Fashion Show to support BYTF

Coldstream partner Detlef Schrempf and his wife Mari were thrilled to be kicking off Fashion Week at The Bellevue Collection. It began in 2005 when Nordstrom asked the Detlef Schrempf Foundation to partner with them in producing this premier event. Thanks to Nordstrom’s leadership and generosity, this event has raised over $180,000 for local children’s charities. The show continually sells out, with 100% of tickets purchases going to the Detlef Schrempf Foundation and selected children’s charity partners. Past beneficiaries include: Central Area Youth Association; Clothes For Kids; Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center; Family & Adult Service Center; Bellevue Youth Theatre Foundation.READ MORE

Walk & Roll

Coldstream fielded a team of supporters for the recent 2nd Annual Green Lake Walk & Roll event. Evidence of the tremendous grass roots community support was found in the bushels of homemade tamales, the plentiful supply of water bottles and balloons, the dozens of donuts and the huge smiles provided by the cheers of sideline supporters. Mother Nature providing a beautiful sunny morning also helped enhance the experience!READ MORE

Retirement Income Tax Strategies

Retirement, finally!  The time has come to stop working and start enjoying your retirement.  Over the years, you’ve made significant contributions to your retirement account, you have other assets, and, of course, Social Security at some point.  But, like most things, the transition from Saver to Spender is not as simple as turning off your salary and living from your retirement nest egg, there are a lot of questions that need to be addressed:  READ MORE

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