While Treasuries certainly have a place in an investor’s portfolio, I think we need to come to an agreement on what a “safe” or “risk free” asset really is. Because for many investors today, the trade-offs for this perceived reduction in risk may be a significant reduction in future purchasing power.Read More
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While Treasuries certainly have a place in an investor’s portfolio, I think we need to come to an agreement on what a “safe” or “risk free” asset really is. Because for many investors today, the trade-offs for this perceived reduction in risk may be a significant reduction in future purchasing power.
Below is a portion of our mid-year 2018 letter for clients. Items discussed include; the end of the proposed fiduciary law, 1,000 point declines for the Dow, Black Monday, and more.
Deciding on the right mortgage for you can be a tough decision. You are often presented with various options; loans with PMI, buying points to lower interest rates, higher down payments in exchange for lower interest rates, and more. How do you decide which mortgage is best for you?
Using our calculator in this post, you can compare the total costs and monthly payments of two different fixed rate mortgages.
How much will it ultimately cost you to go into forbearance with your student loans? Use our interactive calculator here to find out.
How much should you be saving each month into your child's college savings fund?
If you have no idea, you are not alone.
But it is important to find out because for most families, college represents one of their household's largest expenses. That means the combination of getting started early combined with a little bit of planning can go a long way.
Although often overshadowed by the higher federal tax rates, state income taxes can take a large bite out of earnings. Thankfully, there are a few options to reduce your state tax bill. For those in highly taxed states, simple changes like saving using treasury bills instead of bank CDs for your cash savings could knock off hundreds of dollars per year in your state tax bill. What else can you do? Here is a quick list:
You probably know you should be adding bonds to your portfolio as you age. But what type of bonds? Here we look at historic default rates and today’s interest rates to see if it makes sense for you to play it safe with Treasuries, or buy up higher yielding corporate bonds.
This week, Iowa’s Governor signed sweeping changes to the state’s tax code into law. In general, Iowa’s new tax law aims to lower personal income tax rates, while aligning the state tax law with the new federal tax law. Here are a two of the most important changes that will affect most Iowans:
The financial industry is notorious for making things complicated, and basic terminology that describes how a financial advisor operates is no different.
The terms Fiduciary, Fee-Only, and Independent are thrown around a lot. But what do they actually mean?
Below is a portion of our end of year letter to clients for 2017. Omitted is any personal information that would be included before this section such as client name, account balance, performance, mention of individual holdings, etc. We manage each client's account individually, and therefore each client's performance is unique.
Terms like Fee-Only, Fiduciary, and Independent Financial Advisor get thrown around a lot - But what do they really mean? Here are some examples on how we are different than your Northwestern Mutuals and Edward Jones of the world
Is getting your finances in order one of your New Year's resolutions? Great! But your work may just be getting started.
As a small business owner, just thinking of setting up a workplace retirement plan is probably giving you nightmares. However, SIMPLE IRAs allow for quick and easy setup and upkeep. Here is what you need to know:
Jason Zweig is out with his weekly "Intelligent Investor" column in the Wall Street Journal this weekend, where he lists 19 questions that you should ask any prospective (or current) financial adviser.
We thought we would put our answers to his questions here for current clients and prospects to see:
This is Part 3 of our college planning series, where we discuss what you can do to save money in the late stages of college and after graduation.
This section of our college planning guide covers strategies available to help you save money in the “late stages” of planning, roughly from the time the child is a sophomore in high school through college graduation.
Regardless of your household income, planning for higher education can be burdensome. Here we look at how to plan for college expense in the early years.
Creating a financial plan has never been easier. Our planning software includes account aggregation, budgeting, asset allocation, tax planning and more. Start your financial plan online today, for free.
How can you reduce taxes in your investment accounts? Here I expand on a topic touched on in my latest Kiplinger column - How to invest with taxes in mind.
Getting engaged and married is one of the most exciting times of your life. It can also be a hectic time as you learn to balance not only your own, but your spouse's goals, dreams, expenses and debts. It is incredibly important to get a plan in place to help guide you on your journey and help ease frustration later on.
Here is a list of a few topics to discuss now, and what to consider when charting your financial future as a couple so that you can ensure you journey is as stress free as possible.
Most of us have probably seen a simple chart showing the long term effects of compound interest: Simply save $X for Y number of years at a certain growth rate, and BAM! Your small amount of savings has grown into a large sum.
But there is a much more important lesson to take from this simple example.
Below is a portion of our end of year letter to clients for 2016. Omitted is any personal information that would be included before this section such as client name, account balance, performance, mention of individual holdings, etc. We manage each client's account individually, and therefore each client's performance is unique.
Hylland Capital Management has been featured in several news articles around the web recently, here's a quick roundup:
In an age where there are more financial advisors over the age of 70 than under the age of 30, we at Hylland Capital think it’s time to bring some fresh air into the profession....
Starting and running a business is no easy job. A small business owner has to be a jack-of-all-trades. One who is knowledgeable about their industry, their customers, personal and business accounting, advertising, employees, applicable laws and regulations, taxes and investments (just to name a few). Plus, owning your own business can add complications to your household finances and taxes as well. But, owning your own business is incredibly rewarding, and has a lot of financial perks too! Below are a few that we would look into for clients with a part time side gig or who are full time self-employed:
What should be your financial priorities in your 20’s? How do they differ from those in your 30’s? Or 40’s? Or 50’s and beyond? Here is a short guide to help you ensure you are getting on, and remain on the right track to reach your financial goals.
Included for each decade are retirement savings targets, general savings goals and important age milestones in each decade.
From time to time, reporters are so desperate for a story that they ask for my opinion on certain topics! Here is a collection of a few quotes featuring Hylland Capital in the last few months:
Below is a portion of our mid-year letter to clients for 2016. Omitted is any personal information that would be included before this section such as client name, account balance, performance, etc. We manage each client's account individually, and therefore each client's performance is unique. However the portion included in this post is more general in nature and applicable to everyone.
Topics covered include a reaction to the first half of 2016's stock market performance, the power of compounding interest and the effects the presidential election will have on your portfolio.
John Oliver, host of "Last Week Tonight", hits it out of the park with his segment the other night on retirement plans and the financial advisory industry in general.
Does Hylland Capital pass John Oliver's test?
I am a huge fan of Jason Zweig’s “Intelligent Investor” column every weekend in the Wall Street Journal. Last week, his article discussed the process of finding the right financial advisor for you.
Zweig gives lots of tips for those looking for a financial advisor, and I thought that I would put all of the information he recommended to seek out about a potential advisor in one easy to find location, hopefully saving you some time.