We’ve Moved our Office
Blogs / Articles

Our new address is:

Resonate, Inc.
4605 East Galbraith Road
Suite 200
Cincinnati, Ohio 45236

(513) 605-2500
fax: (513) 605-2505

We look forward to welcoming you!  We are located near the Kenwood Mall.

Read More
Is the Bull Market Over?

Here’s an ARTICLE you may find interesting.

Read More
5 Year Economic Prediction from Northern Trust

The information in this email is not to be taken as a recommendation to invest in any certain way.  Ginger Szala wrote “6 Economic Predictions for Next 5 Years: Northern Trust”, Sept. 10, 2018 as a result of interviewing Bob Browne the Chief Investment Officer of Northern Trust.)

Northern Trust has been shifting assets back in to the U.S. because “they have more confidence in the short-term U.S. story than in the international one.”  Browne thinks the U.S. equities will return about 6.5% total return in the short- term and expect equities to return closer to 6% over the next 5 years.  He predicts high-yield bonds at 6.3% total return in the short-term and 4.9% over the next five years.

In contrast, he projects 8.3% total return for emerging markets over the next 5 years.

He sees no risk of recession in the next 5 years and expects only one more interest rate increase from the Fed in 2018 and one in 2019.

While this obviously just represents the opinion of one institution, I thought you might be interested in seeing the total return predictions.

Barbara A. Culver
Resonate, Inc.
(513) 605-2500

Read More
When Older Family Members Will Not Address The Realities Of Aging
Intergenerational Planning

As you know, your Resonate team is dedicated to “helping clients create best outcomes during life’s most difficult times.”   The aging process often creates “difficult times” within families. 

We have found that proactive, skilled facilitation of “what if situations” provides time for thoughtful discussion and creates compassionate solutions to which everyone agrees in advance.  Then, “when the time comes,”  there is a plan to implement.

We welcome the opportunity to begin the conversation with you and your family.

Article: When Older Family Members Will Not Address The Realities Of Aging


Read More
Boomers, Gen X-ers, Millennials, and Money

One of the special skills of the Resonate team is working intergenerationally.  We are grateful to be working with three generations of many of our clients and – in some cases – with the fourth generation as well.

Here are some of the insights we have learned from our client families:

  1. Baby Boomers are feeling more secure about retirement than that did in 2010.  In fact, 15% more Boomers feel ready for retirement today than in 2010.  Many continue to choose to live well below their means.  This is true, in part, because “leaving a legacy to family and making a difference” are key values of this generation.
  2. Conversely, many Gen Xers are feeling enormous financial pressure.  Non-mortgage debt has increased 15% since 2014, leading to credit card balances carrying over from month to month.  Add the burden of student loans and we understand the stress of debt.
  3. Many Millennials feel financially confident and have already adopted positive savings habits.  Due, in part, to the uncertainly of Social Security, they also see saving for retirement a necessity.  The access to social media often leads to feelings of inadequacy about their own lifestyle, which leads to impulse spending.
Read More
What to Do About Retirement Health Care Costs?
Health Care Costs

(The source of this information is a research paper recently produced by Vanguard and Mercer Health and Benefits.  I found it helpful and hope you do as well.)

There is a great deal of fear swirling around the issue of the expense of health care in general and, particularly, in retirement.

One of the reasons for this is because we read statements like: “It’s going to cost $250,000 or more to cover health care costs in retirement.”

However, we do not talk about the cumulative cost of travel, food or other parts of our retirement budget.  Why is that?  Because expenses like travel and food are more controllable – more consistent.

Health care, however, is far less predictable.  In addition, it gets complicated from the need for Medicare Parts A and B and the never-ending options for supplemental policies and drug coverage.

New products offering protection that leverage your assets are constantly evolving as well.

Read More
Should I Name Individuals or a Trust as the Beneficiary of My Qualified Retirement Plan/IRA?

As opposed to leaving money outright to an individual, many of you have asked us regarding whether you should designate a revocable living trust as a beneficiary of an IRA.

While this is a legal question as opposed to a financial planning question, I do want to offer reasons why people may choose one or the other beneficiary designations.  Please note that I am referencing an article called “Designating a Trust as an IRA Beneficiary” written by Brian Dobbis, Director, Retirement Solutions for Lord Abbett, May 11, 2018.

  1. Because qualified retirement plans and IRAs are typically not subject to probate because of the beneficiary designations, many individuals simply choose to leave these qualified assets to their heirs outright.  With proper use of the beneficiary designation, you do not need to use a trust to have a qualified asset bypass probate.
  2. The primary reason for naming a trust over an individual as the beneficiary of an IRA or qualified plan is to provide post-death control over the assets.  This means that the individual or individuals named as the beneficiary of the trust do not have total control over the asset.  Rather, the terms of the trust control the distribution of the asset and/or its earnings.

If you choose to use a trust as the beneficiary for qualified assets, here are a few key points for your consideration:

  • Confirm with your attorney that the trust qualifies as a “look-through” or “see-through” trust.
  • Talk with your tax advisor or estate attorney regarding the income tax implications of using a trust versus an individual as beneficiary.
  • Be sure that trust documentation is provided to the IRA custodian no later than October 31 of the year following the IRA owner’s death.

Please note that the trustee of the trust is responsible for overseeing and implementing the terms of the trust.  Therefore, another key decision has to do with who you choose to name as trustee.I hope this provides some helpful information for those of you who are considering changing beneficiaries for your existing retirement plans or IRAs as well as for those of you who are naming beneficiaries within the near future.


Barbara A. Culver
Resonate, Inc.
(513) 605-2500

Read More
Memory Loss

As you may or may not know, Resonate has extensive experience working with individuals, couples and families facing dementia and Alzheimer’s.  We have a special compassion which stems from twelve years of personal experience with my own father.  Therefore, we are constantly watching for the latest from thought-leaders in this space.  I hope you fine this helpful.

Your Resonate team welcomes a conversation with you and yours at any time.

Barb Culver

Why memory loss may not be the most worrisome symptom of dementia

Contributing Author

Carolyn McClanahan, MD, CFP®
Financial planner, emergency room physician, thought leader

A lot of attention is now focused on the harmful consequences of memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease for financial decision-making. And for good reason. But it is important to understand that dementia is bigger than Alzheimer’s, and Alzheimer’s is not just about memory loss.

Alzheimer’s is just one kind of dementia. Unfortunately, dementia comes in many forms. There’s vascular dementia, Lewey Body disease, frontal lobe dementia, etc. In fact, there are over 100 types of dementia, and Alzheimer’s accounts for (only) between 60-80% of all dementia cases.

Memory loss is but one symptom of Alzheimer’s. There are numerous consequences of Alzheimer’s, including having difficulty planning or problem-solving, confusing time and place, demonstrating poor judgement, and behaving impulsively. Here is the list of warning signs published by the Alzheimer’s Association. Memory loss is but one of ten symptoms.

Read More
How to Plug 3 Retirement Leaks

As more people flock to low-fee funds and inexpensive investment advice — including robo-advisors and target-date funds — investors need to be mindful that there are other potential leaks in their portfolios. “There are a lot of inefficiencies in money management, and in fact, those inefficiencies collectively are actually much more
impactful on your long-term financial health than the fees that you pay for financial products,” says Matt Fellowes, CEO and founder of Washington, D.C. based investment advisory United Income.

In a report published earlier this year, Fellowes and his colleagues noted that while investment management costs for retail investors have dropped by more than 50% over the past 35 years, the benefits of lower prices may be undermined by other costs that aren’t tied to fees. They include taxes, mismanagement of Social Security, and subpar investment returns.

United Income found — after analyzing 62 different retirement solutions and more than 26,000 potential combinations of future market returns — that reducing these portfolio leaks generated seven times more wealth in retirement for a typical retiree than would saving 1 percentage point on investment management fees.

Put another way: Investors who plug these other leaks have a 42% better chance of generating enough money for retirement than those who focus exclusively on minimizing fees.

Here are some of the biggest leaks retirement savers need to plug.

Read More
Warren Buffett’s Investing Style

I found the this article to be on interest.  I hope you do to!

Read More