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Affluent Magazine May / June 2011

May / June 2011


Taking Advantage of the New Tax Laws

by Robin S. Davis, CFP

Taking Advantage of the New Tax Laws Most advisors were holding their breath at the end of 2010 because we did not have a clue how the tax laws were going to change for the years going forward.  This made it difficult to make decisions on tax harvesting-selling stocks or funds to take advantage of gains and/or losses.  This was mostly affecting the decision to take gains in 2010 if the maximum capital gain rate was going to be increased in 2011.  Another area of apprehension was whether to convert traditional individual retirement accounts to Roth IRA’s affecting the choice to pay the taxes all on the 2010 tax return, or split it 50/50 between tax years 2011 and 2012. Read More

Speed Organizing: Surmountable Tasks

by Dayna Brandoff

Speed Organizing: Surmountable Tasks Does the idea of getting organized leave you feeling overwhelmed?  It’s easy to think of each project as a multi-day affair – and really, who has that kind of time?  Each day you don’t address the issue, the area continues to collect more and more clutter, and the project feels even more insurmountable in your mind.  Here’s a secret – you don’t need days or even hours to take control!  Read More

Radical Change through Radical Love

by Rena M. Reese

Radical Change through Radical Love What does it take to create radical change? While “change” on a small level can be created through the smallest of things–a small deed and thought  or small shift in awareness–and radical change requires more from us.  Not only does it call on us to do big things–but to do them perpetually.  Our unrelenting pursuit and tenacious belief that we can create radical change is what fuels us when something seems hard or impossible. Read More

Sweat the Right Small Stuff: Seven Achilles Heels of Today’s Leaders

by Leslie G. Ungar

Sweat the Right Small Stuff: Seven Achilles Heels of Today’s Leaders Let’s go on a journey inwards. Everyone is a boss: of a company, team, or of themselves. As we look at the seven Achilles heels you will see that sometimes the small stuff does need to be sweated. Just make sure it is the right small stuff. The executive who needs to be the sole point person is hard on an organization and hard on the individuals.  In today’s world, young Gen X and Gen Y won’t wait out a micro-manager boss. The efforts of an organization need to be directed outward. When the leader needs to be the sole person, the energy of the organization is spent inward rather than outward. Read More

Physical Attractiveness Phenomenon

by Sandy Dumont

Physical Attractiveness Phenomenon Most studies do suggest a correlation between attractiveness and success. I would argue that it’s not Hollywood glamour that we need to strive for. It’s a classy and refined look that guarantees the most success. Even in the animal kingdom, the higher-status animals are the most regal and powerful. Read More

Graduation Etiquette

by Joy Weaver

Graduation Etiquette Congratulations! It is almost time to throw your cap in the air. Years of school are complete, and now it is time for your graduation, as well as all the parties and activities that go along with it. There are many details to be concerned with, along with many unanswered questions that arise on how to handle some basic situations. Read More

Could A Bad Trait Be Your Signature Strength?

by Debbie Mandel

Could A Bad Trait Be Your Signature Strength? Many of us have trouble listing our signature strengths, but can easily itemize the flaws. Along the way we force ourselves to fit the mold and become an artificial version of ourselves.  Even worse, the self-criticism accompanying these imperfections causes a free-floating uneasiness leading to irritability or self-suppression. It’s time to rethink our so-called flaws. They might actually turn out to be our hidden strengths. Read More

Nayara Hotel, Spa and Gardens: A Luxurious and Romantic Retreat in the Costa Rican Rainforest

by Madison Freeman

Nayara Hotel, Spa and Gardens: A Luxurious and Romantic Retreat in the Costa Rican Rainforest The thought of escaping into the heart of the Costa Rican Rainforest immediately conjures up images of living off of basic essentials; sacrificing comfort for experience and essentially roughing it for most people. But at the Nayara Hotel, Spa and Gardens, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Nayara is an oasis of tranquility set amongst 15 acres of lush tropical gardens and verdant rain forest that provides a uniquely natural experience without sacrificing any of the comforts you require.  In fact, Nayara takes luxury hospitality to the next level providing guests the opportunity to enjoy the best in authentic Costa Rican hospitality. Read More

The Low-Down on Vitamin D

by Susan Burke March

The Low-Down on Vitamin D How much is enough, and how much is too much? You already know that for good health, you should drink your (low or nonfat) milk, get plenty of rest, and maintain your weight with a healthy diet and physical activity. You may take a multivitamin, plus a calcium supplement, and you wear sunscreen to block out skin-damaging UVA and UVB rays to lower your risk for skin cancer. Is this the best advice? Read More

The 6% Solution to Weight Loss

by Dianne Orwig

The 6% Solution to Weight Loss Let’s face it – Americans are fat, fat, fat. According to current statistics, a whopping 60% are overweight and, of the 40% left, only about 6% fall into the lean category. (Yes…those nice folks who can see their abs.) So, whether your goal is to show off your six-pack or just shed a few nagging pounds, it makes sense to take a hard look at what sets this small group of lean-and-strong apart from the rest. How do they manage to accomplish what 94% of Americans find nearly impossible? The answer might surprise you. Read More
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