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Ask A Trust Officer: Having “The Talk”

DEAR TRUST OFFICER: When should I talk to my children about their inheritances? —THOUGHTFUL PARENT DEAR THOUGHTFUL: As a general rule, sooner is better than later.  An inheritance should not come as a surprise; it is something that requires preparation and planning.  In that way, an inheritance may prove to be more than a temporary…

A Message Regarding Our Response To The Coronavirus.

Like many of you, TCV Trust & Wealth Management is monitoring the COVID-19 news. We would like to let our clients and friends know of our preparation to prevent a business disruption. As a state regulated financial firm, we are required to maintain a Business Continuity Plan that addresses various scenarios which could cause a…

Should Your Investment Program Be A Trust?

It has been said, investors with $50,000 portfolios have stockbrokers, while those with $5 million have trust officers. That may be true, but it’s also misleading. The fact is, few of our clients are in the truly high-wealth category. A good number of business or professional people, active or retired, count on us to maintain…

2019 Q4 Review and Outlook

The stock market (and almost every other financial market) finished the decade with a bang, as stocks (as measured by the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF – VTI) increased 30.7% in 2019, the total U.S. bond market (as measured by the US Aggregate Bond ETF – AGG) returned 8.5% and a 60% stock/40% bond portfolio…

2019 Q3 Review and Outlook

Though full of sound and fury, the stock market signified very little in the third quarter. Despite an inverted yield curve, which is traditionally seen as a recession signal, escalating trade tensions with China and movement toward impeachment, stocks gained an unremarkable 1.7%.    (link below)

Ask a Trust Officer: Elderly Parents

DEAR TRUST OFFICER: My parents are retired, living in another state.  They have a sizeable investment portfolio and are financially comfortable. However, as they are getting older, they are having trouble keeping up with their paperwork.  Last year they were late in making tax payments, very unlike them.  I would help them, but I just…

Choice of Trustee

Trust-based wealth management plans are growing in popularity.  According to one recent survey, more than half of families whose wealth exceeds $5 million already employ a trust for asset management.  More than a third of families whose wealth falls into the $1 million to $5 million range have a trust. The success of a trust…