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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Family money meetings are highly effective at building emotional bonds among your family members, and building a family legacy everyone can be proud of. Here are five tips for holding effective family money meetings.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

The best way to ensure your children learn how to manage money well is for you to teach them yourself by creating opportunities for hands-on money management. Here are 7 ways to help children become good money managers from a young age.

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Just as you strive to be a good steward of your regular income with an eye toward living your best possible life in the future, it’s wise to be a good steward of any lump sums of money you receive. Here are some do’s and don’ts for handling

Monday, February 26, 2024

Your kids are watching you! They might not admit it, but they are learning from the example you set. The greatest gift you can give them is financial literacy. And the best way to teach them is to be a great money role model.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

We encourage women, regardless of their marital status, to develop a strong working relationship with a financial advisory team. Here are five ways women can take charge of their financial futures and overcome common disparities.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

From IRA and 401(k) limit increases, to annual gift tax exclusion amount increase, here are four tax changes everyone should know about as you prepare to file your 2023 taxes this tax season.

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Health insurance costs continue to rise, and it's difficult for many people to afford the cost. However, not having health insurance is even costlier. Health issues can derail your future, financially and otherwise, without proper planning.

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

One of the most pressing worry for retirees saving for retirement is the possibility they may outlive their assets. Boosting your savings often requires a multifaceted approach. Here are five ways to catch up on your retirement savings.

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Children who learn from experience are more likely to be confident in making financial decisions in young adulthood. The following are some tips for giving your children that hands-on experience in saving money at different ages.

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Getting on the same page with your spouse about finances isn’t a romantic topic, but it is a key element in avoiding disagreements and resentment that can erode the trust in your relationship. We are here to help you!

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Welcoming a new child to the family, through either birth or adoption, is an exciting time, and there’s so much to do as you get your home ready. It should be the No. 1 priority of new parents — of all parents — but it often gets overlooked

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

On Nov. 1, 2023, the IRS announced that in 2024, the amount individuals can contribute to their 401(k), 403(b) and most 457 plans is $23,000. That’s up from $22,500 for 2023. Resolve to begin saving, or to save more, in 2024.

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Witnessing a decline in your parents’ health and well-being is devastating. Here are four serious issues to watch out for, along with some actions you can take if you notice potential areas for concern.

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Gifts to a 529 account can help you reach your savings goals faster. And it gives those close to your family a chance to contribute to your child’s future in a meaningful way — and to meet their own estate-planning needs.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

As we wrap up 2023, it's a perfect time to reflect on the values that matter most in our lives. The "F" in FORM stands for Family, and I'm excited to introduce you to a transformative activity that has brought my family closer together.

Thursday, November 2, 2023

What will you do with the extra hour you’re getting back in your schedule since we lost an hour back in March? If you prefer to do something other than get an extra hour of sleep, here are several productive ways to use your extra hour.

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Are you at least 70.5, have a Traditional IRA and charitably inclined? If so, you may want to consider a QCD. Learn what it is, how it works, and when it may make sense to utilize this powerful tax planning and charitable giving strategy.

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

As we near the end of 2023, there are year-end items to review: long-term capital loss, short-term loss, QCDs, and retirement accounts. Please reach out you'd like to discuss year-end funding that helps your specific situation.

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

It is more important than ever to keep your identity, data and other personal information safe from cyber criminals. Here are some tips that can help you avoid falling victim to these constant and increasingly sophisticated attacks.

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

October has arrived, marking the beginning of National Financial Planning Month — a time when individuals and families are encouraged to take a closer look at their financial health and make informed decisions to secure their...

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

In the world of investments, the concept of “buy and hold” is a risky proposition. You buy an investment, whether stocks, bonds or real estate, and hold onto it for the long term, ignoring fluctuations in the market.

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Adding beneficiaries to your financial accounts is an important step in estate planning! Doing so helps streamline the probate process and guarantees that your assets are distributed precisely per your intentions. Here are six ways to add..

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

The 401(k) plan for retirement savings came along at a time when the traditional employer-provided pension was on its way out. But recent shifts in the economy have put Americans’ retirement savings in crisis.

Monday, August 28, 2023

The brain is truly a miracle and capable of so much, it is also the reason many of us struggle with investing. Studies would prove that left to our own devices, we are always and everywhere a failed investor.

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

In just about every area of life, we are constantly faced with a choice: give in to the impulse to enjoy something we want right now or exercise restraint and wait for something even better in the future.

Friday, August 11, 2023

Life isn’t as much about the destinations as it is in the journeys. The longer I get to live, work and play in this life, I find those words not only incredibly impactful, but I also note the intentional plurality of the phrase.

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

The current tax rates are set to expire at the end of 2025 unless Congress intervenes. It is important to address these changes now, as they may impact most, if not all, of our clients.

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

After 25 years of working and coaching clients through the big decision of retirement, the truth is indisputable; you must retire to something, rather than from something.

Monday, June 26, 2023

The advice I often impart to my clients about their retirements mirrors the advice one would receive to improve their golf game: Focus on your target, be ready to navigate hazards, manage your emotions, and trust your coach.

Monday, June 12, 2023

In my 25-year career, I have come across many people who think investing is a fool’s errand. They think that owning equities and investing in the markets is impossible for them. They figure it’s just make-believe, like Superman.

Monday, June 5, 2023

Giving blood is a valuable and much-needed service we all can do for our communities (unless we have medical restrictions). Blood saves lives. About every 2 seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. But many people don’t realize...

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

You’ve worked hard, built a life, raised a family and now it’s time for you. While we recommend and/or put into action financial strategies to set aside these travel dollars in advance of your plan, these goals aren’t about a return on...

Monday, May 22, 2023

I never thought that creating financial plans would help me plan my wedding! I’ve been working on my wedding plans for the past nine months and knew planning a wedding would be a lot of work, but I was surprised by how much truly...

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

We often use the words “rich” and “wealthy” interchangeably. Although both refer to people who have more assets than the average person, there are actually some important differences. Here are six ways in which wealth differs from riches.

Monday, May 8, 2023

Time, health and money. Those are the pieces of this equation. We all use money as a conduit between our time and our health. Are you striving for net worth or net fulfillment? I believe it’s time to add this important perspective to...

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

As elderly parents approach their end-of-life years, important decisions about their care fall onto the shoulders of their adult children. This life stage can be stressful and upsetting, but we cannot hide from it or put it off.

Monday, April 24, 2023

Keep spending on some of those smaller favorites you love, but also live in the space of something bigger. Stop asking the $10 questions and start asking the $1,000 questions.

Monday, April 17, 2023

Throughout the years, I’ve had many questions arise regarding charitable gifting. Some individuals enjoy gifting throughout their lifetime, and there are some tax advantages to consider.

Monday, April 10, 2023

Social Security has been helping prepare Americans for retirement since 1935. Reports have been circulating that Social Security is going to run out of money. Please read on to discover why that is not going to happen.

Monday, April 3, 2023

Investing your money in companies, in the hopes that your money will be worth more in the future, requires faith. It can be hard to hold on to that faith. Yet research consistently shows that, during market downturns, your best bet is to

Friday, March 24, 2023

Clean out those file cabinets...we’ll gladly do the shredding for you. Our shredding truck will be parked outside and ready to shred your unwanted papers for free. Here’s our checklist of what to keep and what you should safely discard.

Friday, March 17, 2023

FORM Wealth is pleased to announce that Tyson J. Ray, CFP®, CExP®, CIMA®, CEO and Founding Partner at FORM Wealth Advisors, was recently named to the 2023 Barron’s Top 1200 Financial Advisor list, ranking #6 in Wisconsin.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

The S&P 500 Index returned -2.5% in February, giving back a portion of its January gains and underperforming the Russell 2000 Index’s -1.7% return. Cyclical sectors marginally outperformed in February, with Tech, Industrials, and...

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

1998. In some ways, it doesn’t seem that long ago. Tyson and I had just graduated from college, were starting our careers, and both had hair. Yet, in other respects, the last 25 years seem like a century ago when you look at...

Friday, February 10, 2023

Priceless financial lessons we can take away from Grandma Ray's story during her 103 years of life.

Friday, January 27, 2023

Tax planning is unique to each client, but as we enter the new year, I want to discuss some important updates related to your taxes.

Thursday, January 5, 2023

What would a new year be without some good, old-fashioned predictions about what is in store for all of us in 2023? So, without further ado, some speculations for this upcoming New Year.

Monday, December 12, 2022

In my opinion the markets are affected by three very different investment strategies which I have titled the Investor, the Trader and the Speculator.  It is my desire to define the three different strategies.

Friday, December 2, 2022

In times like these, or the unknowns of the future, we have the perspective of history’s lessons and use that to lean into our principles with rational optimism.

Monday, November 28, 2022

Stock market volatility is rising this year after a relatively calm 2021. Financial markets are experiencing bigger moves up and down as investors navigate a long list of events.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

All of us fall victim to a phenomenon called Recency Effect. In investing, we call it a recency bias. With a similar line of thinking, recency bias is our tendency to take what has happened most recently, then project that into the future.

Friday, November 4, 2022

As in the past, the market recovers from declines, the US economy recovers from recessions, and those who are patient are often rewarded.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

If we are best not to react and make changes or sell when the market is down, what can we all do to stick with our investment plan and be rewarded long term? Here is where it is important to have what I call a Bear Market survival guide.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

One of the ways we add value at FORM Wealth is by not investing some of your money. We call it a cash reserve account and it’s designed for future funding, especially for those in retirement. Unlike your emergency fund that you...

Monday, October 10, 2022

Focusing on the year and decades will make you a better investor if you don’t land on any one day, month, quarter, or year. We want you to focus on an overall trend, the escalator, rather than the yo-yo.

Friday, September 23, 2022

September 23, 2022FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE(LAKE GENEVA, WI.) - Tyson J. Ray, CFP®, CExP®, CIMA®, CEO and Founding Partner at FORM Wealth Advisors, located at 431 Geneva National Ave S, Lake Geneva, was recently named to...

Monday, August 1, 2022

Chart of the Month | July 2022Housing Market Cools as Interest Rate Increases Impact EconomyThe Covid-19 pandemic profoundly altered the U.S. housing market. Homeowners and renters reevaluated their housing needs and wants as they...

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Monthly Market SummaryThe S&P 500 Index produced a +0.2% total return during May, in line with the Russell 2000 Index’s +0.2% total return.Energy was the top performing S&P 500 sector during May, returning +16% as the price of...

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

The S&P 500 is now in a bear market, which is defined as a -20% decline from recent highs, and interest rates are rising to multi-year highs.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

The Weekly PerFORMance : June 17, 2022  Fed Regains Inflation Fighting Credibility by Hiking +0.75% Extra Large Hike Lowers Probability of Prolonged Tightening