Virtually every new client comes to us with some areas of risk they don’t even realize they are taking, and it’s our job to help get them back on track. Do you know what your blind spots are?
We employ a proactive and collaborative process to understand who you are and what you want to accomplish so we can implement a customized plan for all areas of your financial life: Investments, taxes, estate planning, insurance, charitable giving, and more.
Merriman was founded in 1983 as a fee-only investment advisory firm with a strong focus on excellent service, smart investing and long-term goals. We’ve grown significantly since then, and have also come to realize that investment advice is only a small piece of the puzzle.
To help our clients be truly successful in achieving their goals, we offer a comprehensive approach to wealth management that includes not only investment planning, but also encompasses taxes, estate planning, insurance, risk management, charitable giving and more.
Investing is a sort of science. Our investment philosophy is grounded on decades of academic research, and relies on objective data rather than emotions and forecasts. Above all, we seek to balance return and risk considerations over longer-term time horizons.
You may have heard that you can move back into your rental for two years to avoid paying capital gains taxes when you sell. It’s a common misconception – find out what the rules really say.
I was recently reminded of a troubling statistic: Two-thirds of women do not trust their advisors. This is troubling, largely because it’s so preventable. Check out these tips all women should be aware of to improve this relationship and strengthen their financial futures.
Do you have a federal or local government pension? Don’t let the WEP or GPO surprise you. Not only do many people find these rules confusing, but they are also often completely overlooked, which may result in a big surprise when filing for Social Security benefits.
How to Circumvent the Demise of the Stretch: Strategies to Provide for Beneficiaries Beyond the 10-year Rule
With the new SECURE Act legislation, the stretch has been eliminated for IRAs. Are there other options for my beneficiary to receive the income over a period longer than 10 years?