Cliff O'Conner

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Self-Employed (Solo) 401(k): A Retirement Plan Option for Solo Entrepreneurs

Solo 401(k)s are specially designed for small businesses with no employees, including solo entrepreneurs and the self-employed. Here’s everything you need to know to determine if a Solo 401(k) is the right retirement plan for you and your business. Since they were first introduced in the early 1980s, 401(k) plans have become the most popular […]

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Key Person Disability and Life Insurance: Protect Your Business

As a small business owner, safeguarding your enterprise’s assets and growth is paramount. One often overlooked vulnerability is the potential death or disability of one of your key people. Key person insurance (sometimes referred to as key man insurance) is designed to address this, ensuring your business remains stable during unforeseen challenges. By understanding and […]

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Traditional Cash Balance Plans Pros and Cons

Are you seeking financial stability and retirement peace of mind? You might have encountered various retirement plan options, including the traditional cash balance plan. However, like any financial decision, there are benefits and drawbacks that you must carefully consider. If you’re a business owner you may be wondering whether a traditional cash balance plan is […]

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Investing in Private Debt

For some investors, traditional asset categories of stocks, bonds, and cash equivalents aren’t enough to ensure a well-diversified portfolio. These individuals may want to consider turning to alternative assets in the private market space. These are investments that don’t fall into one of the three traditional asset categories. Some of the most common alternative assets […]

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Pros and Cons of Private Equity Investing

For some investors, the traditional asset categories of stocks, bonds, and cash equivalents aren’t enough to ensure a well-diversified portfolio. When this occurs, individuals may want to consider turning to alternative assets in the private market space. These are investments that don’t fall into one of the three traditional asset categories. Some of the most […]

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Exit Strategy For Small Business Owners

The beginning of a small business is exciting. It’s easy to get caught up in the thrill of improving, growing, and expanding your company into the future. However, along the way, little to no thought may be given to what happens after selling your business. In the following guide, you’ll be taken through exit planning […]

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Family Business Exit Planning: A Step-By-Step Walkthrough

Family businesses are a source of pride and a testament to hard work. Yet, even the most successful businesses are destined to face a transition. The question is, how do you ensure a smooth transition that both honors the legacy you’ve built and secures your family’s future?  This guide is here to help. Below, you […]

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How Do Self-Employed 401(k) Contributions Affect Take-Home Pay? And Other 401(k) Questions

When discussing Self-Employed 401(k) plans with our clients, we often are asked how the contributions to this type of retirement savings plan will affect take-home pay. Read on for the answer to this question, as well as other commonly asked questions related to retirement plans.

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Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees (SIMPLE IRA) – 2023

Lots of small business owners want to help their employees save for a financially secure retirement by offering them a retirement plan. However, the cost and complexity of most plans, including the popular 401(k) plan, dissuade many from doing so. This is one reason why more than 40% of full-time employees in the United States […]

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Simple Employee Pension (SEP) IRA – 2023

If you’re a small business owner or self-employed individual looking for a way to prepare for retirement, it’s worth exploring the Simplified Employee Pension-Individual Retirement Account (SEP-IRA).   What is a SEP-IRA? With its easy setup, high contribution limits, and tax advantages, SEP-IRAs offer an attractive retirement planning option for self-employed individuals who want to help […]

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