THE STRATEGIC FINANCIAL ALLIANCE ELECTS NEW CHAIR, VICE CHAIR, AND MEMBERS TO ITS STRATEGIC ADVISORY COUNCIL

— Advisor Assaf Pinchas Elected as Strategic Advisory Council Chair; Brian Bennett Chosen as Vice Chair — ATLANTA, GA – December 22, 2016 – The Strategic Financial Alliance (SFA), a leading, privately owned independent broker-dealer and Registered Investment Advisor, today announced that Assaf Pinchas of Allegiance Financial Group, LLC, of Vienna, VA, has been elected…

Funding Healthcare Wild Cards

Contributed by: Lewis J. Walker, CFP®   Underpinning most goals, aspirations, and “bucket list” dreams, is the assumption of good health. Of the top eight retirement worries of surveyed workers age 50 or older, three were health related: Declining health that requires long-term care; lack of access to affordable and adequate healthcare; cognitive decline, dementia,…

THE STRATEGIC FINANCIAL ALLIANCE CONVENES SECOND ANNUAL DIAMOND CONFERENCE FOR TOP-LEVEL ADVISORS IN COSTA RICA

— Gathering Brings Together Outstanding Advisors to Network and Share Professional Insights at Exotic Leisure Location —   ATLANTA, GA – December 15, 2016 – The Strategic Financial Alliance (SFA or “the firm”), an independent, privately owned provider of brokerage and custodial services and solutions to independent financial advisors nationwide, announced today that it successfully…

THE STRATEGIC FINANCIAL ALLIANCE HOLDS REGIONAL TRAINING SEMINARS TO PREPARE ADVISORS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF DOL FIDUCIARY RULE

Three intensive regional sessions to offer information, tools, and strategies while providing forum for questions and sharing best practices ATLANTA, GA – December 15, 2016 – The Strategic Financial Alliance (“SFA”), a leading, privately owned independent broker-dealer and Registered Investment Adviser (RIA), today announced that it has begun to convene three intensive, two-day regional seminars…

Exiting to Opportunity

Contributed by: Lewis J. Walker, CFP® Listening to music on internet radio post-Thanksgiving, “Auld Lang Syne” popped up, emphasizing how close the New Year is! At midnight on 12/31 as December fades to January, a year ends, a new year begins. What will you leave behind? What new undertaking will you commence? In business and…

Counting Our Blessings

Contributed by: Lewis J. Walker, CFP® On October 3, 1789, President George Washington issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation. “Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress…

Planning for Chaos

By Lewis J. Walker, CFP® What does chaos and tragedy tell us about personal planning? How do we deal  with the philosophical questions posed? It’s an age old question: “Why does God permit the righteous to suffer and the wicked to flourish?” In writings dating from 605-597 B.C., the prophet Habakkuk complained, “How long, O…

A Guru Looks Ahead

By Lewis J. Walker, CFP®   The annual Mendel Lecture at Atlanta’s Marcus Jewish Community Center took place September 29, 2016. While this writer did not have the pleasure of attending, high points of his presentation were covered  in a column entitled “Mendel: Diversify and Defend Yourself,” by Marcia Caller Jaffe, Atlanta Jewish Times, 10/14/16.…

Succession Planning Is For Everyone

Contributed by Lewis J. Walker, CFP® The first Baby Boomers were born in 1946 as post-W.W. II America expanded with manifold opportunities. As the initial wave turned 30 in the 1970s, we saw bursts of  entrepreneurialism as businesses were founded. Those born in 1946 turn 70 this year as they contemplate Required Minimum Distributions for…

Four Qualities OSJs Should Look for in Broker-Dealer Relationships

By Clive Slovin Lately, there’s been increased focus on the rise of offices of supervisory jurisdiction or OSJs – organizations that were originally created to provide independent advisors added scale by helping to manage the growing number of compliance obligations our industry has faced in recent years. Over the years, however, the role of the…