Strategic Wealth Partners was acquired by Kovitz Investment Group Partners, LLC ("Kovitz"), a registered investment adviser with the SEC on May 1, 2024. Strategic Wealth Partners is now a division of Kovitz and its registered investment adviser. Materials created prior to this date were created by Strategic Wealth Partners and are accurate as of the time of publishing.

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Financial Planning
The Power of Consolidating Your Investment Accounts

The modern financial landscape is complex and constantly evolving.  However, managing complexity and delivering simplicity can come from consolidating these elements under the stewardship of a knowledgeable professional. A professional…

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Current Events
What We Have Been Reading – Market Commentary & Beyond for April 2024

Our team regularly reads articles from industry peers and trusted resources to stay up to date on financial markets.  We enjoy reading about topics related to economics, investments, current events, and financial planning.

In addition to circulating some of the best pieces internally, we thought our clients, partners, and friends might enjoy reading some of the same articles as us.

Here are 9 recent pieces that our team members have read, along with some commentary on why we found the respective articles interesting.

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News
Strategic Wealth Partners to Join Kovitz

NEW YORK – April 2, 2024 – Focus Financial Partners Inc. (“Focus”), a leading partnership of fiduciary wealth management firms, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which its partner firm Strategic Wealth Partners Group, LLC (“SWP”), based in Deerfield, Illinois, will formally join Focus “hub” firm Kovitz Investment Group Partners, LLC (“Kovitz”).

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Financial Planning
Potential Impacts of AI on the Financial Services Industry

The financial world is no stranger to disruption.  The latest wave comes not from rogue traders or flash crashes, but from silicon and code.  Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly transforming many industries, including the world of finance.  But what might this mean for consumers seeking financial guidance?

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Financial Planning
How the Illinois State Estate Tax Works

In the world of financial planning, the federal estate tax tends to get a lot of press, but what often surprises some clients (and will impact more of them) is that states themselves also have their own estate or inheritance taxes. For clarity, an estate tax is levied and paid by the estate of the deceased, while an inheritance tax is paid by the heirs receiving the inherited property (with spouses generally exempt).

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Investments
Ignoring the Noise and Staying the Course:  A Recipe for Success

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in the noise of predictions, forecasts, and market speculation. It’s tempting to listen and react to predictions, but successful investing and sound financial planning involve tuning out the noise and taking a more disciplined, strategic approach.

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