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What Is Liquidity, and Why Should You Care?

Written by Brian Puckett, CFP®, CPA/PFS, Attorney at Law.

Are your investments liquid or illiquid? When a holding is liquid, you can sell it for a fair price whenever the market in which it trades is open for business. If it’s illiquid, you can’t.

Cash and cash equivalents (such as bank accounts and T-Bills) are the most liquid assets of all. At any time, you can typically find somebody who will gladly give you something worthwhile in exchange for your cash.

At the other end of the spectrum, some investments are highly illiquid, which means your ability to trade in and out of them whenever you please is limited.

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An Evidence-Based Approach to Sustainable Investing (Second of Two Parts)

Written by Brian Puckett, CFP®, CPA/PFS, Attorney at Law.

Whether they call it ethical investing or sustainable investing, a growing number of investors are concerned with “doing well by doing good.” Historically, investors who were philanthropically inclined had little choice but to seek financial returns through traditional investing, while separately expressing personal values by donating to charities.

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Understanding Charitable Giving Through Donor-Advised Funds

Tax-filing time is upon us with a host of new rules, including the ones governing charitable giving. No matter how the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) may alter your tax planning, we’d like to believe one thing will remain the same: With or without a tax write-off, many Americans will still want to give generously to the charities of their choice. After all, financial incentives aren’t usually your main motivation for giving. We give to support the causes we cherish. We give because we’re grateful for the good fortune we’ve enjoyed.

That said, a tax break can feel good too, and it may help you give more than you otherwise could. Enter the donor-advised fund (DAF) as a potential tool for continuing to give meaningfully and tax-efficiently under the new tax law.