Your teen’s…retirement?


By Michael Hoffman CFP® and Michele Welsh

Roth IRA strategy for teens offers a jump start on long-term savings.
And it could provide a gifting opportunity
for parents or grandparents to chip in, too.

Yes, retirement.

Let’s start with the basics.

IRA: “Individual Retirement Account” (or “Individual Retirement Agreement”)

There are two main types of IRAs:

  • Traditional
  • Roth

While both are beneficial, one can be more advantageous than the other based on your age, years until retirement, and tax situation.

The two biggest differences between the types of IRA are:

  1. when you pay taxes on your investments and
  2. the potential tax deductions along the way

Traditional IRAs give an immediate benefit to the owner by offering a tax deduction up to the amount of the contribution in the year it is made. While advantageous immediately, the downside is that in retirement when funds are withdrawn, the contributions and all the earnings are taxed at your current income tax rate.

Roth IRAs do not offer the immediate benefit of a tax deduction, however, during retirement when funds are withdrawn, the contributions and all the earnings are tax-free. This is a massive advantage for those who are younger and have more years until retirement because those earnings will compound greatly over time, and the benefit of tax-free earnings will far outweigh any initial deduction.

Roth IRAs can also benefit in estate planning because they can be left untouched for the remainder of your life if you so choose or left to your heirs for a tax-free transfer of wealth.

Teenage Roth IRA – Part-time jobs/long-term savings

Although retirement is the last thing on the mind of your teen, starting a Roth IRA early is a smart way to accelerate savings, and it only requires modest contributions to make a significant future impact.

For example, Grayson is a 16-year-old with a part-time job who meets the requirements for a Roth IRA. Namely, she:

  • is single
  • is employed and receives a W-2 or 1099 tax form
  • earns less than $139,000 per year


Grayson is eligible to deposit up to the lesser of her total earnings or $6,000 each year into a Roth IRA. She can elect to make the entire deposit herself, or she can make a partial deposit, then her parents and grandparents can contribute to make up the difference. To encourage her, they may offer her a savings match for every dollar Grayson saves — think of it as a 401-Kid plan — as long as the total annual amount deposited is equal to or less than her earnings, up to $6,000 maximum.

Fast forward 49 years to age 65. If Grayson had made that one-time $6,000 contribution and simply ignored it, she will have amassed an estimated $104,000-$165,000 tax-free at age 65.1 Taken a step further: If Grayson had made one $6000 contribution every year, she will have accumulated approximately $1.53 million – $2.18 million by retirement age!1

For Grayson, charting a path for savings and visualizing its potential can help motivate her toward a lifetime of prudent financial decisions. She may not fully grasp the benefits of the Roth right away, but over time she is learning the concept of a disciplined, long-term investment horizon, and she’s getting an incredible leg up on her future.

As always, our financial planners and advisors are available anytime you have questions.

 

1 Calculated estimate assuming an average 6-7% interest earned per year age 16 till age 65

 

VERDENCE/PRO Unveils New Advisory Board

Sports and entertainment division of one of the country’s leading wealth management firms adds to its impressive pedigree and focus on education, empowerment, and transparency


VERDENCE/PRO UNVEILS NEW ADVISORY BOARD MADE UP OF LUMINARIES
FROM PROFESSIONAL SPORTS, SPORTS BUSINESS, ENTERTAINMENT AND MORE 

PRESS RELEASE

BALTIMORE, MD – June 8, 2020Verdence/PRO, the athlete- and entertainer-focused division of nationally-recognized private wealth advisory and multi-family office firm Verdence Capital Advisors (“Verdence”), today announced the members of its new advisory board.

Comprised of highly experienced and successful sports and entertainment industry veterans, the board will provide the Verdence/PRO team with important guidance around a number of key topics, including the present and future landscape of sports and entertainment, the complex issues that athletes and entertainers need to navigate at various stages of their careers, and meaningful content and solutions to help address the mental, physical, medical and additional needs of this highly specialized type of client.

“I could not be more proud of the caliber of people who have agreed to join this new advisory board,” said Leo Kelly, CEO and Founder of Verdence Capital Advisors. “Every member of the board has built an exemplary career in their respective field, and it will be a tremendous benefit to the Verdence/PRO team and our clients to be able to draw on their decades of real-world experience.”

The initial members of the Verdence/PRO advisory board include:

  • Craig Bennett: Founding physician for Lifebridge Health Sports Medicine Institute in Baltimore, Maryland and a consultant with the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has served as the chair of the University of Maryland Medical Center for orthopedics and has extensive experience throughout the country in the orthopedic surgical community.
  • Jerry Bushrod: Currently oversees the Visualize and Rize Foundation, supporting youth sports and education programs to help empower children to reach their full potential. Mr. Bushrod has owned and operated his own private business for over 30-years in the sanitation and waste management industry. Father of longtime NFL veteran Jermon Bushrod.
  • Gerry Capone: Has spent over 35 years working with and guiding the University of Virginia Football program. He has worked at all levels of the organization and now works directly with the UVA Head Football Coach and UVa Athletic Director in order to manage the overall operations of the football program.
  • Patricia “Trish” Kara: An entertainment industry professional with more than 30 years of experience as an actress, host, model, writer, producer, and mentor. Her career has taken her around the world and given her the chance to work with many notable brands, businesses, and organizations. Most recently, she has dedicated her time to benefitting young professionals entering the entertainment industry along with building her own private business associated with her entertainment network.
  • Dan Koppen: Retired NFL veteran player who won multiple Super Bowl Championships during his career in addition to being voted a Pro Bowl and All-Pro player. He has worked in media, private sales, and opened his own business in the years since retirement.
  • Jason La Rose: Chief Executive Officer for Equinox and former President of North America business operations for Under Armour. Also previously served as Senior Vice President of Digital Revenue and Senior Vice President of Global E-Commerce for Under Armour, and has held senior positions with Express, Inc., Sears Holding Corporation, and McKinsey & Company.
  • Marty Lauzon: Director of Sports Medicine and Performance for the Atlanta Falcons, having been with the team since 2009. He previously served as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Cleveland Browns and has more than two decades of NFL experience.

“Our new advisory board members bring a wide range of backgrounds and resumes, but all share the distinction of reaching the pinnacle of their respective industries,” said Noel LaMontagne, Verdence/PRO Director and former NFL football player. “I am excited to work with them to provide the kind of information, insight and mentorship opportunities that make Verdence/PRO the go-to team for elite athletes and entertainers.”

The Verdence/PRO team strives to help professional athletes and entertainers manage their financial challenges and life complexities. The team offers a robust range of service offerings, including investment management and financial counseling to highly tailored budget and cash flow design, long-term in-depth financial planning, career path analysis, life skills and economic education, private investment screening, philanthropic strategies, community engagement and  more.

Verdence/PRO is built around a philosophy that rests on three key pillars: Education, Empowerment and Transparency.

“Every member of our board is philosophically aligned with everything that makes our PRO team so unique,” said Verdence/PRO Managing Director and Partner Rich Rosa. “Our offerings and expertise are unparalleled in the space and are now even stronger following the addition of this board, further cementing all that makes us the right choice for athletes and entertainers, especially during such tumultuous times, when experience and expertise matter more than ever.”

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About Verdence Capital Advisors

Verdence Capital Advisors is a nationally-recognized private wealth advisory and multi-family office firm headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland, with an office in Northern Virginia. Committed to the principle that advice should be transparent, customized, and given without bias, true independence is one of the guiding principles of Verdence Capital Advisors.

For more information, visit: www.verdence.com

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Pro Careers on Hold?

Advising Pro Athletes With Their Seasons, Careers On Hold


By Noel LaMontagne, Director, Verdence Capital Advisors

While the cancellation of live sporting events would not make it into a top 20 list of coronavirus-related hardships, it has nonetheless removed what would have been a major source of distraction for these shelter-at-home times. More than half of all scheduled sporting events have been or will be cancelled this year, by some estimates, and more cancellations are likely on the way. Major League Baseball, the Masters, the NCAA basketball tournament, all gone or pushed into an indeterminate future.

This is a big hole to fill. According to Nielson, over the past 10 years more than half of the 199 most-watched primetime programs were sports telecasts. NFL games alone accounted for a full third of list, 67 telecasts in all.

Nature may abhor a vacuum but for financial scammers it looks more like an opportunity. Professional athletes are especially attractive targets. They have assets and are suddenly left with a lot of time on their hands. Like the rest of us, they are alarmed by the market volatility and concerned about the direction of the economy. More than most, they recognize that they have a finite working life, with sometimes only a few years to achieve financial security. They have families, dependents, and staff that depend on them to provide. Their careers have taught them they are in control of things and their split-second decision at the right moment will determine their ultimate success or failure.

Entertainers have the same obligations away from the stage and face similar professional challenges caused by social distancing rules that force new productions of movies and television shows to be postponed or cancelled outright. But, while athletes may have long-term contracts, entertainers are often more like members of the gig economy – they’re only paid when they work.

These specialized individuals are unique when it comes to talent but like everyone else in most other aspects of life. They’re susceptible to the stress of isolation and the uncertainty about what comes next, two prominent ramifications of the current pandemic. They worry about their immediate future. They stress over their friends and family who are struggling with them. But unlike many of us, they are public figures, and their stories often play out for all to see and judge. Their employment contracts are often the source of headlines, missteps ridiculed by all manner of media, and insecurities ridiculed as weakness or immaturity. Outside the relevance of this being fair or reasonably expected, fully understanding a life in the spotlight can make anyone appreciate the benefits of a more traditional existence.

Away from the glitz and glamour, in their financial lives, celebrities may also have a history of participating in private investments. They may own shares of restaurants, car dealerships, or other businesses that leverage their status and notoriety. All this can make them more susceptible to new pitches. The truth is that it’s hard to say “no,” especially during times of crisis when typical means do not provide their usual safe-haven. Scammers know this, too, and pitch their deals accordingly.

In considering how to advise a client who finds him- or herself in this situation, it’s worth keeping in mind the words of Warren Buffett’s long-time business partner, Charlie Munger. Referring to Berkshire Hathaway, he recently told The Wall Street Journal, “We’re like the captain of a ship when the worst typhoon that’s ever happened comes. We just want to get through the typhoon, and we’d rather come out of it with a whole lot of liquidity.”

There are a few best practices to keep in mind for periods like this. First, sometimes doing nothing is the best action you can take. That can be hard for an athlete and entertainers to hear. These are people used to taking charge of their situations on set, the field or in the arena. They are generally highly self-motivated people, but sometimes taking control can specifically mean self-control or sitting still.

Second, the numbers still matter. Valuations may be down for everything from real estate to boat dealerships, and assets may appear cheap, but sometimes they’re cheap for a reason. Run the numbers and rely on experienced due diligence. Deals that include unrealistic assumptions about the pace of an economic recovery should get particularly close scrutiny to verify their validity.

Third, watch for the misdirection; if it looks too good to be true it probably is. The Financial Times reported earlier this year that the City of London police saw a 400 percent increase in Covid-19 related fraud in just a month. In the U.S., we have the example of the Great Recession which resulted in a major increase in financial crimes involving private placements, non-public real estate, and even certificates of deposit, among other frauds, many of these structured as Ponzi schemes. Most probably seemed attractive when pitched.

A recent private real estate investment opportunity was pitched to several highly paid professional athletes directly in the locker room. The deal was organized and backed by the son of a successful real estate developer and another professional athlete. The locker room representative for the presentation to players was another well-known and wealthy veteran player. The investment was described as a “can’t lose” deal with minimal risk. The investment targeted the need for post-career income.

After professional due diligence was conducted on the investment, it revealed several inconsistencies. The pitch described the deal as minimal risk and a cash-flowing property. What investors were receiving was a high-risk, ground-up real estate development, with no cash flow for 4 of more years. Additionally, the perception that investors could receive their money back at any time, which was inherently false. The deal was highly illiquid to investors. Due diligence also showed those same individuals pitching the deal would not be investing their own money in the investment. They in fact intended to utilize the proceeds raised through the locker room in order to have the fund purchase some of their own personal properties and eliminate their risk and debt. This deal was nothing close to what it was described to unknowing investors, and at this time, only a few years after it was presented to potential investors, the fund is nowhere to be found.

As noted earlier by Mr. Munger, liquidity is good. In the wake of a crash, everyone talks about how they got back in at the bottom. No one brags about how they jumped in too soon, or lost money in a can’t miss idea that later turned out to be a scam. There will be good opportunities again once the crisis recedes.

Everyone likes to win; everybody loves a good comeback story. But for now, it’s not necessary to be a hero. Pick the sports metaphor that resonates best with you – don’t score any “own goals”, avoid unforced errors – just don’t let extra downtime make you any more susceptible to taking a swing at a bad pitch.

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Noel LaMontagne is a former NFL player and a Director with Verdence/PRO, the division of Verdence Capital Advisors focused on professional athletes and entertainers.

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COVID-19 Impact on Sports and Entertainmnet

To Defy a King


By Noel LaMontagne, Director, Verdence Capital Advisors

In 776 BC, Greek King Iphitos infamously established that sports stop for no one, declaring that for seven days prior and seven following the ancient Olympic games there was to be no conflict (1). This allowed the great soldiers and athletes of the day to return from battle and compete against their peers for eternal Olympic glory. In the modern era, the day before and after the Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star game remain the only two days per year without a major professional sporting event (2). When you include all the additional types of competition available that fall outside the realm of major professional sports, in a regular year, every new day provides fans some type of event to help them experience the exhilaration of sports.

Routinely and effortlessly, real-life superheroes surpass personal bests, unify regional biases, fuel generational rivalries, and entertain onlookers worldwide. Crowds assemble to see what remarkable play, unpredictable performance, or unparalleled physical feat will occur to influence the future of the game. Living vicariously through sports and undergoing the euphoria of success or the bitterness of defeat alongside their champions makes fans feel like an integral part of their favorite team. The uplifting and inspiring nature of competition renders it an essential component of our society. Sports transcend the rigors, issues, and prejudices of regular life and revolve solely around the idea of performance, competition, and achievement. Elite athletes and their unique abilities provide everyone a window to childhood dreams in an idyllic setting and a glimpse at the extreme capabilities of the human body, mind, and spirit. Sports inspire people to believe in the extraordinary and to reach beyond what they know as normal to achieve what they thought was impossible.

The first quarter of 2020 has made a clear statement that this year intends to be remembered as a distressing one. As the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic engulfed the globe, the consequences were felt in every aspect of human life. By early March, National Basketball Association (NBA) suspended play on March 11th, and the NCAA and its member institutions began canceling conference basketball tournaments and eventually the NCAA National Basketball Championship tournament; one of the greatest sources of work distraction in America was canceled and gone in a flash (3). One by one, every amateur and professional event fell prey to COVID-19. All sports activity halted abruptly, postponed indefinitely, or canceled. An abundance of unknowns spilled into a void so massive that no other world event in modern history could compare.

Sports dominates the attention of American viewers like no other type of entertainment, boasting most of the viewership for the top 50 all-time ranked broadcasts (4). Sports give many people a temporary release from their daily rituals. Bars, restaurants, stadiums, and arenas are packed with sports fans. Even living rooms are filled with large high-def televisions and crowd-mimicking sound systems allowing fans to experience the feeling of being part of the live game. Streaming services and subscription options allow even the most obscure or regionalized fan bases to gain access to their favorite event. The wide world of sports offers an entertainment outlet that our country consumes more than any other option, and as of March 2020, sports closed the door on itself and indefinitely locked all of us out.

According to Lisa M. Shulman, MD in an article about emotional trauma for The Johns Hopkins University Press (5), the mind acts as a filter to aid in recovery after experiencing a traumatic loss. This filter helps gradually diminish the mental and physical consequences of loss such as stress, anxiety, sleeplessness, confusion, and disorientation.  The mind’s restoration reorients the brain and fills its voids with other happier distractions, like memories, activities, and experiences. Today, much of the world is collectively experiencing traumatic loss. Today’s restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic require everyone to manage the stress of isolation, sickness, cramped quarters, the loss of loved ones, jobs, income, and any number of other issues. And they do so without one of their most coveted distractions: the excitement and amusement of professional sports and entertainment.

The replay of past sporting events—like the 1980 Miracle on Ice victory by the USA Olympic hockey team over the USSR, or the greatest comeback in NFL Super Bowl history in 2017 when the New England Patriots overcame a 25 point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons—may provide a temporary solution to this problem. The absence of any live sporting events has simply never occurred. The nostalgia of the past balances itself with the expectation of the future and without one of these perspectives, the mind can be impaired. Professor Donna Rose Addis discussed this concept in an interview for The Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience stating that human memory links the past and future to help interpret and predict what will come, and without the link, depression can worsen as perspectives shift more dire (6). As with many things in life, balance proves essential, and when imbalance prevails, consequences like depression can result.

As the top 50 all-time ranked broadcasts show, of course, sports don’t completely dominate our lack of entertainment. Scripted and unscripted television, movies, music, podcasts, books, and many others, play an important role in diversifying our attention spans. All these forms of entertainment rely on production and distribution.  COVID-19 has cut off current and future access to these sources indefinitely. Viewers of non-sports content have some experience with season and series finales, lag time between book releases, and the general concept of hiatus as it applies to produced entertainment, but eventually, as the restrictions surrounding this pandemic drag on, all new entertainment content will diminish or cease for a time.

The past provides few glimpses of insight into current and future types of loss. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11th, we experienced a temporary loss of sports and entertainment. In the days following the attacks, the National Football League (NFL) pushed its entire season back a week after postponing games, Major League Baseball (MLB) called off games for nearly a week and moved many to later in the season, NCAA College football followed suit and postponed games for a week. Additionally, the broader spectrum of entertainment postponed premiers, adjusted scripts, reshot footage that included the World Trade Center towers, rerecorded scenes to eliminate references to bombings or tragedies, and digitally altered past productions to honor what and who was lost. These represent only a few of the immediate adjustments made by the sports and entertainment industries as they took pause to allow the nation to grieve and regroup.

The effects of the terrorist attacks on September 11th forever altered our lives, however, in the days and weeks immediately following, a new sense of normality returned. Sports and entertainment helped our nation to heal. When the NFL returned a week after the attacks, the performances of the national anthem had renewed meaning, with flag bearers leading their teams onto the field and symbolizing the strength and resiliency of America. Team sidelines displayed hats and attire representing the nation, New York City, firefighters, and police. The entertainment world utilized the logos and names of New York City fire, police and first responder personnel as parts of their cast wardrobes and stage sets. Heartfelt messages dedicated television shows and movies to the brave lives from all over the country that were lost and the heroism of those who saved so many others.

As a signal of our resilience and recovery, President George W. Bush threw a near-perfect ceremonial first pitch to open game 3 of the MLB World Series in New York’s Yankee Stadium. Nearly six weeks after the attacks that temporarily halted the nation, the standing-room-only crowd stood together in deafening response to his effort, a symbolic moment for the collective support of New York City and the strength of the entire nation.

This historical example speaks to how important sports and entertainment is to our society but still fails to provide much context to the loss of sports and entertainment for an extended period. September of 2001 brought a brief halt, but amateur and professional sports quickly played on, movie theaters, Broadway performances, televised broadcasts aired essentially as scheduled and everyone had someone to root for and something to watch with little delay. Until March of 2020, our nation had avoided permanent cancellations of huge swaths of events and undetermined postponement of all the rest. The lasting impact of 2001, beyond the memories of the brave and innocent lives lost, came in the form of heightened security in almost every aspect of our lives. Law enforcement and government agencies altered their procedures, forever changed how they communicate, politics at the local, state and federal level-shifted, and along with numerous other tweaks to life, everyone got back to business and what they loved. COVID-19 will tragically lead to the loss of loved ones, and it will certainly bring about heightened awareness and another political shift, but its most permanent effect may come from how we all adapt to life beyond the constant presence of sports and entertainment.

The role that sports and entertainment played during that historic and painful time was an important coping mechanism for many of us. Watching our heroes rise to challenges on the field, courts, and stage and to resume the excitement and enjoyment they provide us was cathartic.

We are left with an important question: What will the long-lasting impact be after COVID-19? How will it change us and our experiences? Our propensity toward large gatherings, public hygiene, and communal spread may affect stadiums and venues in ways we can’t imagine. In the years leading up to March 2020, professional organizations had battled the ever-present threat of the “stay-at-home fan” (7). Empty stadiums and arenas will eventually allow games to occur but consider the effect on the broadcast viewer without crowd noise and the energy that a packed venue presents.

The absence of sports and entertainment echoes in the hunger pangs of our voracious appetite to consume content as soon as it becomes available. Before Netflix, TV sports fans were the original “binge-watchers”, relishing every second of every game the moment it happened, putting everything else on hold until the sound of the final horn. Saturdays full of college football games, Sundays full of professional football games, the madness of NCAA National Basketball Tournament each year, opening day for Major League Baseball, will all remain ghosts that haunt millions of people. Once performers return to stadiums, fields, arenas, and airwaves, we will all seek to find normalcy again, to live vicariously again, to be a fan again and willingly ride the thrilling and emotional rollercoaster that only sports and entertainment can architect.  COVID-19 will have forever changed many lives and life as the world has known it, but its greatest impact may ultimately come from how it devastatingly defied a king.

 

  1. https://www.olympic.org/news/the-history-of-the-olympic-truce
  2. https://bleacherreport.com/articles/232168-strange-and-unusual-sports-facts-that-may-interest-only-me
  3. https://www.inc.com/marcel-schwantes/studies-found-employees-are-more-productive-if-theyre-allowed-to-watch-march-madness-during-work-time.html
  4. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/decade-review-watched-primetime-tv-events-1263594
  5. https://www.press.jhu.edu/news/blog/and-after-loss-neurologist%E2%80%99s-perspective-loss-grief-and-brain
  6. https://www.cogneurosociety.org/memory_addis_yia/
  7. https://www.cnbc.com/id/100886843
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Announcing Verdence/PRO

Education, empowerment & transparency are the pillars of the Verdence/PRO approach 


By Michele Welsh, Verdence Capital Advisors

Service offerings go far beyond investment management to include life skills education, career path analysis, private investment screening, philanthropic strategies and more.

PRESS RELEASE

BALTIMORE, MD – March 2, 2020Verdence Capital Advisors (“Verdence”), a nationally-recognized private wealth advisory and multi-family office firm, today announced a brand name for its longstanding specialist division focused on the unique needs of professional athletes and entertainers: Verdence/PRO.

Led by Rich Rosa, Managing Director and Partner, and Noel LaMontagne, Director and former NFL football player, the Verdence/PRO team is a highly qualified group that has vast experience helping professional athletes and entertainers manage their financial challenges and life complexities. Backed by the larger Verdence organization, which currently has more than $2.5 billion in assets under advisement, Verdence/PRO is able to provide industry-leading services, highly customized plans and solutions, and completely unbiased advice.

“I am very excited about the launch of Verdence/PRO. Under the larger Verdence umbrella, we’ve been serving the needs of the elite athlete and entertainment community and have developed a level of specialization that sets us apart from other firms, which all too often want to put these clients, who have unique stories and come from wildly different backgrounds, into one-size-fits-all approaches,” said Rosa, himself a former NCAA football player who spent more than two decades as a player representative before joining Verdence. “Our clients need a partner, a coach, and a confidant, not a salesperson.”

The philosophy underpinning Verdence/PRO is built around three pillars:

  • Education: All clients must be provided with the tools to make fact-based decisions about their futures;
  • Empowerment: The Verdence/PRO team sits beside clients, not across from them, and provides the confidence needed to get clients wherever they want to go; and
  • Transparency: No self-serving agendas, complete transparency on compensation, and a commitment to work only in the client’s best interests.

“Our three pillars are the simple but powerful principles that guide everything we do on behalf of clients,” added LaMontagne. “It is an exciting day for Verdence Capital Advisors and for the elite athletes and entertainers we advise. Providing access to this package of services and the depth of knowledge that Verdence/PRO offers is truly unmatched in the space.”

As part of the launch of Verdence/PRO, the firm has built a new website that functions as a hub of educational content and insights geared toward the unique challenges that athletes and entertainers must face. “How and when to say no,” “Career transition planning,” and “Are you renting a lifestyle?” are just a few of the videos and posts currently available, with more set to be added on an ongoing basis.

“Athletes and entertainers need and deserve access to the best of the best when it comes to managing their finances and planning for their future, and that’s exactly what we offer,” added Leo Kelly, CEO and Founder of Verdence Capital Advisors. “The power of Verdence/PRO is built on all that Verdence Capital Advisors has long offered to its clients, giving sports and entertainment clients access to the same experts and the same resources we bring to bear for ultra-high-net-worth business owners and entrepreneurs.”

The Verdence/PRO team offers a wealth of experience and a robust range of service offerings, including investment management and financial counseling to highly tailored budget and cash flow design, long-term in-depth financial planning, career path analysis, life skills and economic education, private investment screening, philanthropic strategies, and more.

“The career path and the earnings cycle of an athlete or entertainer are very different from a business owner or high net worth executive, but public figures are still business owners: the owners of their own personal brand,” added Rosa. “In their financial lives, they face hard choices, unlike any they might encounter on the course, field, studio, or stage. We want to empower our clients through endless education and support, so together, we can help them make the best decisions for themselves and their families.”

For more information, please visit www.verdencepro.com

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About Verdence Capital Advisors

Verdence Capital Advisors is a nationally-recognized private wealth advisory and multi-family office firm headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland, with an office in Northern Virginia. Committed to the principle that advice should be transparent, customized and given without bias, true independence is one of the guiding principles of Verdence Capital Advisors.

For more information, visit: www.verdence.com

 

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Career Transition Planning: Embrace it!

The Transition Game: What’s Next is Coming. Don’t Fear It, Embrace It


By Noel LaMontagne, Director, Verdence Capital Advisors

All genres of entertainment feature incredibly talented individuals, who’ve spent countless hours training and rehearsing to get the job that launches their career. Their initiative and drive to continually make the impossible look effortless is one of the reasons why we watch these people on television or the big stage to begin with, but when the magic begins to wane, and their armor of consistent success rusts and cracks, a moment arrives when they must get out of their comfort zone and see what lies beyond the velvet rope. Almost every entertainer or professional athlete will face job transitions as they work through their individual careers, and at some point, many will face a career shift outside entertainment altogether.

The average participation age range for major professional sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL), falls in the mid to late 20’s, per data from The Elias Sports Bureau. However, due to advances in medicine, nutrition, and how athletes take care of their bodies, the ability to participate at high levels at older ages seems to be increasing in all sports. Regardless of their age, the participation clock in athletics ticks faster than most other professions, and sooner rather than later, the game will finally end for everyone.

The same is true for the performing arts world. While the industry provides different age ranges, on average most people in the industry fall in the mid-to-late 30’s for actors and into the 40’s and 50’s for writers, directors, and other off-camera staff. Still, as in sports, the lights go down on many in the space much faster than hoped.

Unsurprisingly, entertainment ranks among the most competitive career paths on the planet, and the number of willing applications vastly outweighs the extremely limited number of jobs. For athletes, the turnover rate runs high due to injuries, younger or more talented prospects, and diminishing skills over time. And similarly, performers experience inconsistency of successful projects, endless competition for jobs causing oversaturation, and high failure rates that can lead to moving into more traditionally stable professions. The realities surrounding age, working lifespan, and competition in these careers paint a clear picture that athletes and performers need to expect, prepare for, and embrace change.

Entertainment careers grow from hours of hard work and a limitless passion for staying ahead of the industry. This same mentality that drives someone toward success in entertainment will also help them be successful as they transition out of it. Specifically, a successful career transition comes from the ability to apply good habits toward whatever path or challenge lies ahead of you. The work ethic, attitude, and energy that helped create a person’s first dream career will help them usher in and realize the next one. Career transitions should be regarded more as transformations or evolutions, providing a unique way for entertainers to reapply the intense effort that made them successful in the first place.

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Rain or Shine


By Michele Welsh

Life can throw you curveballs. While you can’t control when and how unexpected circumstances arise, you can prepare a financial buffer — an emergency “Rainy-Day” fund in advance.

But, you already knew this, right? So how do you DO it?

There are several ways to establish a “Rainy-Day” fund. The easiest is to make regular, automated deposits to an untouchable savings account. You can also get creative. Challenge yourself to save more. For example:

  1. Each time you fill up your gas tank, put that same amount into your Rainy-Day account. At the end of a year, not only will you have saved money, you’ll know how much you spent on gas.
  2. Do the same with Starbucks…or Baskin-Robbins…or your favorite pub.
  3. Every January, take a close look at all your bills. Call it a line review. You may be surprised by how many ways you can find to trim regular expenses. Call your cable company to negotiate a better rate. Shop cell phone carriers. Go through your credit card statements. Many families have subscriptions to services they either haven’t used in a long time or forgot they had. Remember that “free trial” membership you signed up for? The one you forgot to cancel? (Fun Fact: According to Quora, 48% of people who sign up for a free trial forget to cancel before they’re charged with auto-renewal)

The bottom line: It’s ideal to have approximately 12 month’s worth of savings stashed in extremely safe and liquid investments in case of emergency. Then don’t touch it. Rather, adjust the amount yearly based on things like cost of living and inflation.

Think of it as a gift. To your future self.