Long probate nightmare wraps up a little early as the musical visionary’s natural next of kin shift from defending their position to getting the legacy assets working harder in the here and now. The first round of deals was all about transitioning from a living genius calling the shots to institutional immortality. Now it’s time […]
With GDP back in the stall zone and the yield curve flattening, cues from the White House signal that it’s once again a race to see whether stimulus can stay one step ahead of the inevitable. Whether we have a year or five, there’s no better time to manage expectations and keep everyone’s eyes fixed […]
Pet trusts for the rich are the wave of the future as furry family members expand their financial and emotional footprint without a compensating step up in terms of legal status or protection. Britney’s barely controlled dog budget is practically begging for someone to structure the costs to keep them comfortable for life. Onetime child […]
The ability to reset the posthumous record opens up vast opportunities for the heirs to claw back the money lost when the one-time Patriots star got a life sentence for murder. And with the stakes so high, the most obscure details become critical. When Aaron Hernandez hung himself in his cell last week, his once-promising […]
Ed. Note: This article first appeared in the merkle Before Donald Trump became President Donald Trump, he made public his lack of knowledge regarding digital technology. At one of the presidential debates, Trump lumbered through an incoherent argument on cybersecurity, making statements like “The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough. And maybe, it’s hardly […]
When the missiles start flying, oil and aerospace stocks take the lead. The rest of the market is a less predictable roll of the dice, but if history is any guide, an alert advisor can keep clients in the clear. Now that President Trump has traded Twitter rebukes for Tomahawk missiles, the weekend pundits are […]
There was only one dissent from Wednesday’s rate-raising decision by the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy committee, and it came from Neel Kashkari. The former aerospace engineer and onetime Republican candidate for governor of California is now president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
When the $110 billion behemoth greenlit a failed pitch from a four-year-old TV episode, it earned a lot of free publicity and left competitors in the dust. Every advisor can apply the marketing logic. Heinz made headlines last week blurring the gap between fiction and big business when it credited advertising firm Sterling Cooper Draper […]
The pattern is clear now: cash left behind is only the tip of the estate iceberg as a star’s death triggers waves of nostalgia buying. The unofficial Father of Rock could yet leave his heirs billionaires and it all starts with the first studio album in four decades. Chuck Berry started playing in the early […]
Environmentally conscious investors are using their pocketbooks to protest President Trump’s plans to slash environmental regulations, fueling a rally in funds that only invest in companies that meet progressive criteria for sustainability.