Savant Blog

Savant offers perspective on a variety of topics. Entries range from current events to timeless insights in the world of finance and investments.

10 Jan
January 10, 2018

Now that the dust has settled a bit from the new tax law, it’s time to talk about tax planning strategies moving forward into 2018. There certainly are a number of changes packed into the latest legislation; however, we will be focusing on the new, increased standard deduction and how that will impact your charitable donations.

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22 Dec
December 22, 2017

In the 1630s in Holland, tulips were a relatively new flower. (The first tulips came to Europe from Turkey in 1554.) The flowers were perceived as a luxury, so they were in high demand across Europe and there was a limited supply. In the mid-1630s, speculation entered the market. The price for tulips began to rise beyond the “rational” price of a flower. By early 1637, the highest valued tulip bulbs were selling –singly – for more than ten times

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21 Dec
December 21, 2017

Congress is enacting the biggest tax reform law in 30 years, one that will make fundamental changes in the way you, your family, and your business calculate your federal income tax bill, and the amount of federal tax you will pay.

Since most of the changes will go into effect next year, there’s still a narrow window of time before year-end to soften or avoid the impact of the new provisions and to best position yourself for the tax breaks that

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20 Dec
December 20, 2017

For the first time since Ronald Reagan’s 1986 Tax Reform Act, major tax reform has been enacted. Republican lawmakers worked until Friday, Dec. 15 on blending the House and Senate proposals into how the law currently stands. After some minor changes due to parliamentary exceptions raised by the Democrats, the Bill cleared both the House and Senate on Dec. 20 and is expected to be signed into law by President Trump.

The overarching goal of Republican lawmakers was to simplify the

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