The COVID-19 Impact on Business Transition

Stuart A. Smith, III |
My Business
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The unprecedented economic circumstances stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic are only beginning to be understood and will likely be felt for some time. In the M&A world, the events of 2008/2009 provide a playbook of sorts for navigating the current crisis and the months ahead. Business owners who are considering whether to reopen or sell should focus on liquidity as the lifeblood of their companies.

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Stretching Your Charitable Dollars

Carol G. Kroch |
Wealth Planning
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With today’s coronavirus crisis, giving to charity is even more important than ever. In a time of such great need, how can you create a charitable gift strategy that reflects your values, helps those who need it most, and stretches your charitable dollars most effectively? The need is so great that it can be overwhelming to know where to begin.You may be unsure who to give to and uncertain about some of the new tax rules that impact charitable giving.

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Episode 2: Is There a Planning Silver Lining to This Economic Downturn?

Alvina H. Lo |
Emerald GEMs
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May 12—In this time of economic and market uncertainty, many are asking: Is there a planning silver lining to this economic downturn? Chief Wealth Strategist Alvina Lo discusses how using a grantor retained annuity trust (GRAT) as an estate planning tool may be beneficial in our current economic climate. Why? Because its success is tied to two things: low interest rates and low valuation of assets—both of which we have today.

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