There’s a lot to think about as a parent when giving your kids an allowance. When should you start giving your kids an allowance? How much should you give them, and how often? Should allowances be tied to chores, grades, or more? Our sister site, SageVest Kids, provides answers to these and other common questions that parents have about allowances for kids. Read More
If you want your kids to develop a healthy relationship with money, including sensible saving and spending habits, there’s a lot for them to learn. It all starts at home, with you, and with April marking Financial Literacy Month, what better time than now?
Our sister site, SageVest Kids, offers a step-by-step guide to financial literacy for kids of all ages, including guidance on saving, spending, budgeting, earning, borrowing, giving, and more. It’s time to begin focusing on financial literacy for your toddlers, kids, and teens and we have a wealth of resources to help you. Read More
Hopefully you’ve had many years of teaching your kids about money before college. If you haven’t, it’s crunch time to instill some teen financial basics. Even if your teen is financially ready and capable, now’s a great time to review budgeting, spending, and saving. SageVest Kids’ six-month plan will help guide these final months of teaching your kids about money before college. Read More
One of the most fundamental aspects of teaching your kids about financial literacy is being a strong money role model. Healthy financial parenting starts with understanding your own approach to money, and, if you’re part of a couple, your partner’s outlook on money too. If you have differing financial perspectives, it can be difficult to manage parental differences. This can be especially true if the family’s divided by separation or divorce. Our sister site, SageVest Kids, offers some helpful insights into how to manage parental differences about money and establish healthy financial parenting behaviors. Read More
For many individuals, one of the most rewarding and challenging journeys in life involves being a parent. Beyond the daily essentials like love, good food, toys, and more that your child will need to learn and grow, there are also a host of financial considerations for you to plan for. These include decisions about childcare costs, healthcare coverage, and estate planning options.
2017 marks 10 years since Jennifer Myers first founded SageVest Wealth Management as an independent, fee-only financial planner in the Washington, DC area. Throughout the last decade, our firm has remained committed to delivering excellence in investment and financial planning services to individuals, families, and business owners throughout Virginia, Maryland, and the wider DC Metropolitan region.
We’re always honored to receive recognition for the exceptional level and breadth of knowledge, experience, and service that we render for our clients. Read More
The original GI Bill of 1944 helped WWII Veterans return to civilian life, providing a range of benefits, including academic and vocational funding. It was so successful that similar measures were adopted for subsequent Veterans. The most recent of these is the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which includes up to 36 months of educational benefits to eligible service personnel and, uniquely, to your dependents – if you plan ahead.
As part of SageVest’s commitment to America’s military families, we consider current provisions of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, plus recent legislative updates, as they relate to your broader wealth planning. Read More
November is National Adoption Awareness Month. If you’re pursuing adoption, perhaps your journey is due to fertility issues, being single or part of a same-sex couple, or simply a fundamental desire to provide a loving home to a child in need. Whatever the reason, adoption is a joyful, life-changing experience for both parent and child.
It also requires careful consideration: practically, financially, and emotionally. I can attest to this as a proud adoptive single mother of two, and President of SageVest Wealth Management.
When I first explored adoption, there seemed little clear guidance about this important life event. While everyone’s adoptive experience is unique, I’m happy to share my own insights with other prospective parents. Read More
At SageVest Wealth Management, we offer a highly personalized approach to wealth management, one where our focus is always on you. We get to know you and your family, and as a fee-only fiduciary, always place your best interests first. Furthermore, as a woman-owned investment management firm, we’re particularly attuned to the complexities of financial planning for women, families, and multiple generations.
We’re delighted that our dedication to exceptional personalized planning and investment advice has again been formally recognized. Read More
October is Financial Planning month, making now a great time to think about your financial preparedness and wellbeing. Money isn’t everything in life, but it certainly helps to achieve security and to open opportunities for you and your family.
Personal finance can be complex, especially as your wealth grows. Each of your decisions must support the next, and align with your life goals. The following financial planning checklist will help you identify which financial topics you’ve got covered, and areas where we can help you to achieve your wealth and life objectives. Read More
As a young adult, you’re just beginning your professional and life journey. You may be fresh out of college, perhaps carrying some student loan debt. Maybe you’ve already got a foot on the career ladder. Perhaps you’re renting an apartment on your own, sharing space with friends, still living at home, or already own your own home. The concept of financial planning may seem a long way off right now; something that your parents do, not you.
Financial planning, however, doesn’t need to be either daunting or stuffy. Understanding and implementing sound cash flow management is the cornerstone of financial planning – and you may already be doing it, in some form or another. Read More
As our clients know, SageVest Wealth Management takes pride in connecting you with your wealth in impactful and meaningful ways. Our team of advisors provides personalized, comprehensive financial advisory and investment management services to individuals, families, and business owners across Northern Virginia, Maryland, and the Greater Washington, DC area.
It’s fitting, therefore, that Jennifer Myers was again recognized this year as a Top Financial Professional in the Northern Virginia area. Read More
There are many aspects to financial learning and literacy, but a pinnacle objective is learning how to save money. Being able to save for your future is critical in supporting your ultimate financial well-being, security, and long-term happiness. It’s also personally rewarding, can build self-confidence, and enhance self-esteem.
It’s important to discuss the value of saving with your kids, but lectures aren’t the best method of teaching them successful saving habits. It’s far more effective to help your kids learn through hands-on experience. Here are eight tips to help your kids become savings-savvy. Read More
Learning about money as a resource for life achievement is a critical aspect of your child’s development. You can encourage financially savvy kids through age-appropriate activities and responsibilities that focus on key financial principles like savings for kids, budgeting, and giving. Piggy banks, chores, and allowances are some of the traditional tools that can help support your child’s financial education.
What happens to financial literacy, though, in today’s digital age, when your kids are more likely to see you pay by swiping a credit card or phone, rather than with cash? Read More
As the long, hazy days of summer stretch ahead, it can prove challenging to find fun summer activities for your kids and yourself that keep everyone happy and occupied without breaking the bank.
SageVest’s extensive list of free activities offers interesting ideas everyone can enjoy, whatever your age. Enjoying free activities with your kids, partner, friends, or other family members is a great way to spend quality time together. Free activities not only save you money, but also demonstrate that fun doesn’t always have to come with a dollar sign attached. Read More
Washington DC residents have long been underserved and underrepresented. While we don’t have any updates on representation, we do have good news about college saving options for DC residents, and associated tax benefits.
Washington DC’s College 529 Plan recently introduced changes to add stronger investment choices and reduce fees.
This is a great saving recipe if you’re a DC resident saving for college and seeking to gain DC income tax deductions too. Read More
Jennifer Myers, CFP ® established SageVest Wealth Management in May 2007, to provide high quality, customized, and comprehensive investment management and financial planning services to individuals, families and business owners in the Washington, DC area and beyond.
A decade later, and with twenty years of experience, Jennifer’s the recipient of multiple top advisor awards, including Washingtonian Top Financial Advisor, and SageVest is celebrating our tenth anniversary! This seems an ideal time to thank our clients, and to offer a quick reminder of our services, our fields of expertise, and the core principles that guide us in pursuit of your financial and life goals. Read More
Congratulations if your child, grandchild, or other family member is about to graduate from college! Attaining a degree is an accomplishment worthy of celebration. It’s also a time for your grad to transition into independence, learning financial and life responsibilities to achieve future success.
If you’re searching for a meaningful graduation gift to encourage lifelong wealth, SageVest advisors offer ten of our favorite financial gifts for college graduates. Read More
Money management skills lay the foundation for lifelong success, and the path to financial wisdom begins in childhood. In recognition of Financial Literacy month in April, we’re proud to announce the launch of SageVestKids, a website dedicated to helping you raise happy, financially wise children through developmentally appropriate activities and responsibilities.
Our new site has already been recognized by CNBC, Investment News, and Yahoo Finance as a rich resource for financial literacy, and we encourage you, your family, friends and others to visit SageVestKids for more information. Below are some of our top tips in brief to help you guide your kids towards financially rewarding lives. Read More
For many people, juggling family, work, and household priorities can be a daily challenge. If your finances allow, hiring some household help can streamline your schedule and free up precious time for you to spend enjoying what matters most, with the ones you love.
Whether you’re considering a part-time maid to help keep your home tidy, or someone for a more demanding role like a live-in caregiver or personal assistant, there are a number of factors to weigh carefully before you hire someone. Read More
SageVest is committed to providing you with timely and appropriate information and updates that encourage smarter financial planning decisions and help translate your wealth potential into real life solutions of benefit to you and your loved ones.
To that end, we wanted to let you know about upcoming changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application process that may be of interest to you or those you know. Read More
These cards are often marketed by colleges as an easy way for you to receive and use remaining Federal aid funds, once your tuition and other fees have been disbursed.
The new ruling, which took effect July 1, is designed to provide broader options regarding how you receive your student aid, aims to limit excessive fees, and much more. Read More
Helping your teen embark on their college experience entails a host of decisions more important than which mini fridge to purchase or what color shower caddy to choose. For parents, one of the primary decisions is how to fund the tuition bills.
Hopefully you’ve been diligent in preparing for the costs of college. There are several types of accounts you might have contributed to over the years in order to accumulate college savings. If you have balances in both custodial accounts (UGMA and UTMA) and Section 529 Plans, which should you draw upon first to begin funding your child’s higher education? Read More
As a young adult, it’s important to learn the best strategies and habits to manage your finances, both now and in the future. The earlier you understand and utilize these practices, the better. But where should you begin?
Like any journey, the road to financial success needs a destination. The first step is to define financial goals that support your personal ambitions and life objectives. These decisions will form the foundation of your broader financial plans. Read More
Across the nation, parents are bidding a tearful goodbye as their excited teenagers head to college for the first time … or bidding on that home fitness center on eBay, as they turn their son or daughter’s room into an in-home gym before the car’s even left the driveway.
We can’t help with the emotional aspects, or with putting the workout equipment together. But when it comes to nurturing financial skills and wisdom, SageVest and SageVest Kids are valuable resources for you and your family. Following are a number of points we recommend discussing with your teenager, or in collaboration with one of our advisors, with a goal of launching your young adult on the road to life success as well as the road to college. Read More
As the cost of a college education continues to climb, many grandparents are stepping in to help. This trend is expected to accelerate as baby boomers, many of whom went to college, become grandparents and start gifting what’s predicted to be trillions of dollars over the coming decades.
Helping to pay for a grandchild’s college education can bring great personal satisfaction and is a smart way for grandparents to pass on wealth without having to pay gift and estate taxes. So what are some ways to accomplish this goal? Read More
Many students take a job in the summer after school lets out. If it’s your first job it gives you a chance to learn about the working world. That includes taxes we pay to support the place where we live, our state and our nation. Here are eight things that students who take a summer job should know about taxes.
This information regarding tax tips for students who take a summer job was recently released by the IRS. Please feel free to pass it on to anyone who may benefit from this useful advice. Please visit www.IRS.gov for more about tax rules for students, or click on the links below. Read More
Every October, the College Board releases its Trends in College Pricing report, highlighting college cost increases for the current academic year, and trends in the world of higher education. While costs can vary significantly depending on the region and individual college, the College Board publishes average cost figures, based on its survey of nearly 4,000 colleges across the country.
In addition, Social Security and Medicare figures are announced for calendar year 2014. Read More
When your child first started school, you doled out the change for milk and a snack on a daily basis.But now that your kindergartner has grown up, it’s time for you to make sure that your child has enough financial knowledge to manage money independently.
Perhaps your child already understands the basics of budgeting from having to handle an allowance or wages from a part-time job during high school. But as your child prepares to leave for college, he or she may need to draft a “real world” budget, especially if he or she lives off-campus and is responsible for paying for rent and utilities. Read More
Many parents pay for college with a combination of savings and financial aid. Financial aid is money distributed primarily by the Federal government and colleges in the form of student loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study jobs. Loans and work-study must be repaid (through monetary or work obligations), while grants and scholarships do not. A student can receive both Federal and college aid. By learning the basics, you’ll be able to understand how the financial aid process works, properly fill out aid applications, and compare the aid awards your child receives. Read More
But that diploma doesn’t come cheap!
Start saving as early as possible. Ideally, you’ll want to choose a college savings vehicle that offers the best combination of tax advantages, financial aid benefits, and flexibility, while meeting your overall investment needs. Read More