Alimony, also known as spousal support or maintenance, is typically paid by the higher earning spouse following divorce. While some states still award lifetime alimony, it’s barred in others, so today, most alimony is rehabilitative and durational: paid for a set amount of time following divorce, or until the recipient remarries.
Recent tax reform changes have shaken up the divorce planning arena. The previous tax status for alimony (in place since 1942) is soon to reverse. If you’re wondering how new tax laws impact your existing or upcoming divorce settlement, we have a number of answers for you. Read More
March is Women’s History Month, making it a perfect time to highlight women’s many achievements since women first gained the right to vote, less than one hundred years ago. Today, women comprise 47% of the workforce, occupy 20% of U.S. Congressional seats, and more women under age 29 obtain undergraduate diplomas compared to men.
However, while there’s much to celebrate about women’s empowerment, there’s still a long road ahead to accomplishing true equality for women: personally, professionally, and financially. We take a look at some interesting statistics about women today, and consider ways to secure your financial future as a woman. 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
Entering a new romantic relationship at any age brings excitement, possibilities, and energy. It also entails considerations of compatibility on a multitude of levels, including financially.
Getting together on the same page about money is a key element of relationship success, but it’s especially important for relationships formed later in life, whether you’re simply looking for friendship or searching for a new soul mate. At this stage in life, you’re likely to be more personally and financially established, possibly with a family, your own home, or even a business. Blending a new partner into your life and into your finances requires thoughtfulness, open communication, and careful planning. 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.
As women’s roles expand in our workforce, our communities, and our family networks, so too do their responsibilities. Women are increasingly independent, personally and financially, often supporting both themselves and other family members. Yet gender-specific issues like lower earnings and longer lifespans continue to challenge longer-term financial security. What better way to celebrate Women’s Self Empowerment Week, therefore, than by considering women’s financial well-being?
As a top-ranked, woman-owned personal wealth manager, we understand the importance of financial planning for women. Here are five essential money tips that every woman should follow. Read More
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
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
Long-term care refers to specialized, ongoing services and support that help you live as independently as possible on a daily basis. With healthier lifestyles and longer lifespans, you’re likely to need some level of long-term care during your retirement years. However, long-term care may also be necessary at other times of life, following injury or illness.
A long-term care insurance policy can help cover the costs associated with long-term care. Increasing premiums and changing requirements – including upcoming changes that are of particular importance to women – mean that now might be the best time to incorporate a long-tem care policy into your wealth planning. 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
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
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
An important aspect of financial planning is not only balancing your expenses on a day-to-day basis, but also planning ahead for larger anticipated expenses. A wedding is a joyous celebration. Yet the big day can also come with a big price tag; the average American wedding in 2015 cost more than $30,000.
Whether you’re paying for your own wedding, or you’re a parent or grandparent footing the bill or sharing the costs, it’s important to set a realistic budget for the event and plan accordingly. Here are some subtle ways to save on costs, while still achieving a perfect day. Read More
More than half of today’s college enrollees are women, making it likely that the number of working women will continue to dramatically rise in the coming years. Despite these facts, social roles often remain rooted in the past. This can create challenges in your personal relationships, especially as you accumulate independent wealth and become more engaged in financial decision-making for yourself and loved ones.
Whether you’re a working woman yourself, a supportive relative, or a friend of a professional woman, here are some tips on how to achieve relationship, family, and financial harmony in today’s new reality. 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
When a couple divorces, the fall-out can affect your finances too. Retirement funds in particular can prove complex in how they’re divided during the divorce settlement and restructured for the future. Professional financial advice can help preserve your share if you’re the retirement fund owner, or ensure equitable distribution if you’re the other party. Michael Fuhr recently highlighted the importance of retirement fund tax rates during divorce negotiations in US News & World Report’s Investment article: ‘12 Steps To Protect Your Money In Divorce‘.
There are many reasons why life insurance should play an important part in every person’s financial planning. Yet women often overlook this key asset protection strategy, and are far more likely than men to be underinsured or have no coverage at all.
Whether you’re a single woman, half of a couple, or a member of a more extended family network; whether you work at home, in the workforce, or as the leader of your own business; life insurance is essential to protect the transfer of your wealth, and more importantly, to protect your loved ones in the future. Read More
In today’s world, women are increasingly accumulating significant assets, whether as a result of increased participation in the workforce, successful entrepreneurship, or a life-changing transition. We’re also becoming more aware, engaged and active in the control of our own finances, and those of our families. Research suggests that, despite traditional stereotypes, it’s a role for which we’re well suited.
Dramatic changes were recently announced to Social Security benefit provisions.
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, signed into law on November 2nd, effectively eliminated the Restricted Application and the File-and-Suspend strategies. Those already utilizing these options will be grandfathered in; some will have a short six-month window in which to act; and, others need to be aware of how future benefits will be more limited. The media has focused on how the termination of these unintended, but popular, strategies will impact married couples. The truth is that the changes will impact single individuals as well. If your retirement plan included anticipated Social Security benefits, please take the time to Read More
If you’re ‘sandwiched’ between helping children with college expenses or the costs of young adulthood, while also looking after aging parents as well as yourself, then you’re officially a member of the Sandwich Generation; a group of people in their 40s to 60s who face the challenge of supporting themselves, their children and older relatives. As families delay having children, and more parents live longer, the Sandwich Generation is predicted to grow in the years ahead. SageVest offers some useful strategies to help you balance the financial aspects of this life phase. Read More
Money is a valuable resource that can improve our quality of life and help us to accomplish our life goals. Fostering a healthy outlook towards money is an important aspect of achieving a more positive life balance.
As part of our educational Speaker Series, we hosted renowned author, speaker and money coach, Olivia Mellan. Olivia shared expert advice about factors that influence how we connect with our wealth, and the importance of having a trusted financial advisor like SageVest Wealth Management to help us achieve money harmony. Read More