5 “Must Do’s” for your Endowment

Labor Day has passed and school is officially back in session, but in June back to school was already on Michael Little’s mind as he gathered with some of Gross Mendelsohn’s CPAs to discuss “4 Big Financial Challenges Facing Private Schools in 2019.” The group talked about fundraising, endowment management, audits, and strategic planning. Below [...]

5 Reasons Why Women Need to Take Charge of Their Finances

On August 26th we celebrated Women’s Equality Day, making this the perfect time to address women and finances. As roughly half the world’s population, we cannot afford to leave female investors out of the financial conversation. The traditional model of men running the family finances is shifting, as now 96% [...]

All Eyes on the Fed

Late last year, many prognosticators were predicting the Fed would raise rates several more times in 2019 and interest rates would continue to rise. However, our data-driven process and “investing for all seasons” approach revealed something different - a high likelihood that economic growth would start to slow and interest rates would start to fall. [...]

How the Save4College State Contribution Program Can Help You do Just That

Saving for college can be a challenge for many families, but the state of Maryland, through the Save4College State Contribution Program, is helping families make those college dreams come true. The goal of the program is to encourage families to contribute to their children’s future education through a 529 plan. [...]

4 Ways to “Marie Kondo” Your Finances

Netflix’s hit show “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” has viewers looking through their closets, picking up each item and asking themselves, “Does this spark joy?” If the answer is yes, then that item gets to stay. But if the answer is no, then it goes into the donate pile. The KonMari Method™ is all about [...]

Were You Comfortable With Your Portfolio’s Volatility Last Year? Are You Looking For a Safer Alternative?

The return of volatility to the market has many investors worrying about the nest egg they have worked long and hard to build, and as the market continues to show red, some find themselves panicking and moving to cash or leaving any cash they have available on the sideline. With that in mind, [...]

3 Reasons Your Municipal Bonds May Not Be as Safe as You Think

Through our regular analysis and discussions with colleagues and financial industry professionals, we continue to see evidence regarding the lack of proper oversight and expertise required to evaluate the true risks of municipal bonds. There are three areas of concern you should know more about if you own municipal bonds in your portfolio.[...]

The $300,000 Difference Between Starting to Save at 25, 35, and 45

We all know that saving when you are young pays off later in life, although knowing is a lot different than doing. At 25 years old the $200 you could be putting into your company sponsored retirement account could often be used to go skydiving, try all the hot new bars [...]

Are the Stock Market and Construction Industry in Sync?

Gross Mendelsohn just completed their 2018 Maryland Construction Industry Survey, which revealed a high level of optimism among contractors. . While a positive outlook is reassuring for those working in the industry, the stock market could be foreshadowing something a little different. Should Contractors Be Bracing for a Slow Down [...]

3 Ways Typical Risk Tolerance Questionnaires Are Missing the Mark

Financial advisors have used risk tolerance questionnaires for years now, but they often leave too much room for interpretation. Investors are pigeon-holed into stereotypical categories based on a subjective risk questionnaire that nearly always misses the mark. This can leave investors with a portfolio that does not align with their investment goals and objectives [...]