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Is Economic Forecasting Useful? With Luke Hail, MBA, CFP®, and Ryan English, MBA, CFA, CPA, CFP®

Is Economic Forecasting Useful? With Luke Hail, MBA, CFP®, and Ryan English, MBA, CFA, CPA, CFP®

In a world where uncertainty lurks around every corner, humans have an innate desire to predict the future, particularly when it comes to things that may impact them negatively. Economic forecasting is one such endeavor, attempting to navigate the complex currents of financial markets and emerging economies. 

In this episode, Luke Hail, MBA, CFP®, and Ryan English, MBA, CFA, CPA, CFP®, discuss the value of forecasting when it comes to the economy and the stock market. Drawing parallels to our primitive instincts, they delve into the desire to foresee economic developments that could either benefit or harm us.

Luke and Ryan share more about:

  • The difference between economic forecasting and stock market forecasting
  • Warren Buffet’s thoughts on forecasting
  • The investment approach of John Maynard Keynes
  • The Foster & Motley approach to investing
  • And more

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How Do Tax Extensions Work? With Emily Diaz, MAcc, CPA, CFP®

How Do Tax Extensions Work? With Emily Diaz, MAcc, CPA, CFP®

When the tax deadline looms near and you find yourself in need of more time to complete your return, what steps should you take? It’s a common situation; about 12% of tax returns filed each year are extended! Maybe life got busy or perhaps you have a complicated financial situation and find yourself waiting on forms needed to file your return. Either way, there’s no need to stress! Tax extensions are available for a reason, and navigating them isn’t complicated.

In this episode, Emily Diaz, MAcc, CPA, CFP®, explains that a filing extension provides an extra six months to file taxes, but it does not extend the deadline for paying taxes. She emphasizes the importance of paying taxes on time to avoid interest and penalties, and how simple the extension form is. 

Emily shares more about:

  • The simplicity of filing for an extension
  • How obtaining an extension can improve the accuracy of your return
  • The benefit of rounding up your extension payment
  • And more


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About Our Guest:

Emily joined Foster & Motley with a CPA background, but her interest in client service can be traced back to her high school days when her mother, also a CPA, asked Emily to help a client straighten out their bookkeeping. Emily loved using her analytical and financial skills and developing a relationship with the client to solve problems together.

Soon after, Emily declared a major in accounting and graduated summa cum laude from Grove City College (PA) in 2013. She went on to earn her Master of Accounting degree from The Ohio State University in 2014. Upon graduating, she entered public accounting, joining Plante Moran’s tax team and obtained her CPA license. After exploring corporate and non-profit tax, Emily found her passion in serving individual clients, especially high net worth families.

As a Financial Planner at Foster & Motley, Emily draws on her tax expertise and experience with individual clients and families. While Emily has always enjoyed diving into details, she also thrives on looking at the big picture and figuring out how all the pieces come together to meet the client’s financial goals.

When not in the office, Emily can be found running, cooking, or swimming. She is also actively involved at her church and enjoys traveling internationally. At present, Emily lives with her husband, Dan, in Mason.

What is Property & Casualty Insurance and how do I make sure I have the right Coverage? With Rachel Rasmussen, MBA, CFA, CDFA®, and guest, Erin Blevins

What is Property & Casualty Insurance and how do I make sure I have the right Coverage? With Rachel Rasmussen, MBA, CFA, CDFA®, and guest, Erin Blevins

Not all insurance plans are created equal, which is why having the right partner matters.

In this episode, Rachel Rasmussen, MBA, CFA, CDFA®, is joined by Erin Blevins from Oswald Insurance to dive into property and casualty insurance specifically.  They discuss how to make sure you have the right coverage for your situation and  the importance of planning for unknown risks. 

Erin also shares about:

  • The difference between market value and replacement value in home insurance
  • The importance of umbrella coverage
  • Considerations you need to make when looking to purchase a home in a weather rampant area
  • Why insurance is necessary outside of legal requirements
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Erin Blevins joined The Oswald Companies in early 2016 with more than 20 years of experience in Personal Risk Management in the affluent space. She has an extensive focus in Business Development and Relationship Management. In addition, has developed a specialized niche dedicated to high-profile clientele and multi-generational families.


Erin attended Ball State University and The University of Cincinnati with a focus in Business Marketing. Erin has earned her Certified Insurance Services Representative (CISR) designation and is currently pursuing an additional designation as a Chartered Private Risk and Insurance Advisor (CPRIA). She has studied with various insurance carriers to complete sales and service training to provide exceptional service to her clients. Erin also serves on the board for her community’s youth football organization.

Are Bonds Back? With Thom Guidi, CFA and Sarah Conwell, CFA

Are Bonds Back? With Thom Guidi, CFA and Sarah Conwell, CFA

Are you curious about the role of bonds in an investment portfolio and how they react to economic shifts?  

In this episode, Thom Guidi, CFA, and Sarah Conwell, CFA, delve into the crucial lesson of incorporating bonds into your investment strategy and what the benefits are. While bonds serve as a protective measure during bear markets and deliver a consistent income stream that is less influenced by economic and stock market risks, there are no gaurentees. In 2022 both stocks and bonds faced challenging times. Join us as we explore what happened and why bonds reacted the way they did. 

Thom and Sarah share more about:

  • The importance of investing in bonds
  • The current bond market 
  • How the inverted yield curve impacts portfolios
  • Foster and Motley’s approach to bond investing
  • And more


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When Should I Start Talking to My Kids About Finances? With Rachel Rasmussen, CFA, CDFA®, and Tony Luckhardt, CFP ®, CRPC®

When Should I Start Talking to My Kids About Finances? With Rachel Rasmussen, CFA, CDFA®, and Tony Luckhardt, CFP ®, CRPC®

In a world where tapping your phone on a credit card machine is the norm, it can be hard for kids to grasp and truly understand the value of money  but, it’s important to teach them about money, and how to prioritize saving, spending, and giving so they have a healthy relationship with money as they get older.  

In this episode, Rachel Rasmussen, CFA, CDFA®, and Tony Luckhardt, CFP ®, CRPC®, discuss the importance of teaching children good money habits at any age. It’s never too early or too late to start. 

Tony and Rachel share more about:

  • Introducing financial topics to young children and how that message can evolve as they get older 
  • How sharing your own financial successes and failures can help inform their decisions
  • Why talking about money now can prevent problems later
  • And more



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Why Should Young People Have Estate Planning Documents? With Nick Roth, CFP®

Why Should Young People Have Estate Planning Documents? With Nick Roth, CFP®

As you prepare to venture out into the world, it’s time to embrace real responsibility. Regardless of your current situation, taking the initiative to get essential estate planning documents is a crucial step for any young adult.

In this episode, Nick Roth, CFP®, emphasizes that turning 18 brings about a significant shift in legal recognition, with newfound responsibilities and limitations that may catch some individuals off guard. 

Nick shares more about:

  • The four estate planning documents that every adult should have in place The reason for having estate planning documents in place at an early age
  • Who to work with for your estate planning needs
  • And other relevant points


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About Our Guest:

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Nick found a passion for the city and its people. He grew up on the west side where he developed a strong work ethic from his father, who owns and operates his own CPA business.  Nick was brought up seeing what true client service is and that translated into finding the perfect fit at Foster & Motley where the client comes first.   

Since he was young, Nick knew he wanted to be involved in wealth management. He purchased 5 shares of P&G stock when he was 13 and has been eager to learn more about the markets ever since. His desire for learning doesn’t stop there. During his time at the University of Cincinnati studying finance, he also engaged in other activities, including completing minors in Spanish and Information Systems, studying abroad 3 different times (on three different continents), and joining multiple honors programs/societies to further his education outside the classroom. Nick graduated from the Lindner College of Business magna cum laude in December 2017.

In addition to his career ambitions, Nick is heavily involved with his alma mater, Elder High School. As a member of the Alumni Board, he helps with fundraising efforts, organizing alumni events, and helps graduates stay connected to the school. He is also an avid bowler and enjoys coaching the sport. After bowling himself for 4 years in high school, he joined Elder’s coaching staff and began coaching the Junior Varsity team the year after he graduated. On a personal level, he regularly competes in tournaments and has placed as high as 4th in individual tournaments around Cincinnati.

In his free time, Nick enjoys relaxing with his friends, playing a round of golf, or researching his next travel opportunity. His next bucket list destination is Brazil, and his goal is to get there in the next couple of years.

What Is A Family Letter and Why Should I Have One? With Zach Horn, MBA, CFP®, CMFC®

What Is A Family Letter and Why Should I Have One? With Zach Horn, MBA, CFP®, CMFC®

You’ve taken care of your will, power of attorney, and established a trust, but there is one more document you should consider as you think through your estate plans: a family letter.

In this episode, Zach Horn, MBA, CFP®, CMFC®, emphasizes the significance of having a family letter as a supplement to your estate planning documents. A family letter can provide a personal touch to your last wishes and simplify the process for your loved ones. 

Zach delves into several key topics, including:

  • How this letter can serve as a “catch-all” by containing personal contacts, passwords, healthcare information, and general financial account information 
  • The benefits of having your personal information organized and accessible for your family
  • How Foster & Motley can provide a template for the family letter, organized for ease of use and to ensure all necessary elements are included – Download your template here.
  • And more


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About Our Guest:

Zach Horn, MBA, CFP®, CMFC®, knows that a plan communicated in a language people can understand, no matter how complex it might actually be, is possible in every situation and serves everyone involved in the best way possible. Zach has built many client relationships that are more like friendships and go beyond the normal aspects of planning and management. And that’s just the way he wants it.

Zach has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Ohio University and an MBA degree in Finance from Xavier University. Before joining Foster & Motley, Zach worked for Ameriprise Financial, Inc. as a financial advisor in Columbus, Ohio. He joined the firm in 2007 as the Securities Trader and a member of the investment team. Zach obtained the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (CFP®) and Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC®) designations in 2012. He is now an Investment Manager and shareholder.

In addition to his duties as an Investment Manager, Zach is also the Managing Partner and President of the Board. In this role, Zach focuses on the long-term vision of Foster & Motley and how the day-to-day operations support that vision. His communication skills and initiative help keep our team focused, open-minded to change, and collaborative.  

Zach lives with his family in Mason, Ohio. He enjoys sports of all kinds, but especially coaching his sons in baseball and basketball. In 2020, Zach was included in Cincinnati Business Courier’s Forty Under 40 class which recognizes the next generation of leaders and innovators in Greater Cincinnati. He recently joined the board of directors for the Ohio Valley Goodwill. Zach was impressed with the scale of the organization and their mission of helping those with disabilities and other challenges gain employment in the community and wanted to be part of its success.

How Do I Handle Stock Awards and Executive Compensation? With Joe Patterson, CFP®

How Do I Handle Stock Awards and Executive Compensation? With Joe Patterson, CFP®

It is a wonderful thing when you reach a point in your career where you receive additional compensation such as stock awards. However, not all stock grants are created equal, and understanding the nuances and tax consequences is essential to maximizing their benefits.

Join us in this episode as we explore the complex world of stock grants with Joe Patterson, CFP®.  Joe shares his expertise and insights on the different types of stock grants, their vesting schedules, and the tax implications they may have on your portfolio.

Topics Joe shares more about:

  • The motivations behind companies offering stock awards
  • Some of the different types of stock awards available
  • The advantages and disadvantages of different  types of stock awards
  • A detailed look at the tax implications of receiving stock awards
  • And more


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About Our Guest:

Joe Patterson remembers as a child going with his father, an estate planning attorney, to visit clients, many of whom were in chaotic or isolated situations. His father drilled into him that being there for people with integrity and consistency wasn’t just part of the job, but was what you built a career on.

Joe values face-to-face interaction and relationship-building more than anything else, and he often does it with a laugh. After a ten-year career with other institutions, he knew that the unique approach of Foster & Motley, pairing an investment manager with a financial planner, would allow him to have more of the real conversations that lead to organized and holistic outcomes.

Joe became a shareholder in 2017 at Foster & Motley and finds a lot of purpose and inspiration in the long-term vision of the firm. He is also in charge of human capital at Foster & Motley, and he oversees employee matters ranging from benefits and hiring to planning fun, team-building events for our staff. At Foster & Motley, relationships with clients are the most important aspect of anyone’s work, and Joe knows that the well-being and happiness of his colleagues contribute to successful client relationships. Helping to provide a positive and engaging environment is right up his alley.

Joe and his wife Sarah have prioritized exposing their sons, Peter and Tate, to different cultures and experiences. One such experience was a trip to Spain, and they plan on undertaking many more small and large adventures with their family.

It is not lost on Joe that in any situation, whether with his family or in his work, getting face-to-face and having real interactions is always the first step to helping others.

How Much Longer Will We Talk About Inflation? With David J. Nienaber, MBA, CPA, CFP®

How Much Longer Will We Talk About Inflation? With David J. Nienaber, MBA, CPA, CFP®

While many of us associate inflation with the increased costs of basic necessities such as gas, groceries, or haircuts, its impact is much broader than that. Inflation is a complex topic that affects every aspect of our financial lives – from day-to-day expenses to long-term goals such as homeownership and retirement planning.

Join us in this episode as David J. Neinaber, MBA, CPA, CFP®, provides an overview to help tackle the puzzle that is inflation. Despite remaining relatively low in the past forty years, recent trends show that inflation is on the rise – and this can have a significant impact on your monthly expenses and the performance of your investments. 

Topics David shares more about:

  • Understanding the impact of inflation 
  • Strategies to safeguard your investments against inflation
  • Simple explanations and examples for understanding inflation
  • And more!

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About Dave:

As a 17-year-old junior at Covington Catholic High School, Dave Nienaber unabashedly told a class speaker that he would eventually become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, surprising a number of his classmates, but not those who knew him best. David has never refrained from engaging fully and with purpose. Whether it was as the portfolio manager for the University of Dayton’s student-run portfolio during his time as an undergraduate, teaching his children to play golf or even sticking by his beloved Green Bay Packers, he has always been energized by commitments to meaningful pursuits.

Upon graduating from the University of Dayton in 2004 with an MBA and a Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude in Accounting and Finance, Dave started his career with Deloitte and soon earned his CPA. It was during his time working with Deloitte’s Investment Advisors team, while spending a significant amount of time working with Procter & Gamble employees and retirees, that he discovered his real passion. He enjoyed providing the many services that come with handling complex asset and retirement situations, and he had the opportunity to gain experience with an array of financial situations.

When his previous company was sold, Dave had the opportunity to step back and look at the entire financial landscape in Cincinnati and determine where he might fit best. Foster & Motley immediately jumped to the front of the line. He was drawn to their client-centric approach and low ego ethos. He also saw that with the employee-owned model of the firm, there was the chance to be invested in the company in even greater ways than just his day-to-day work. It was a natural fit.

Dave has been with Foster & Motley since 2010 serving as a Financial Planner and has been a shareholder since 2015. Dave’s client-focused mentality and team-oriented attitude led him to his role as Head of the Financial Planning team. Dave helps keep the team on top of the latest financial planning issues, so we can best serve clients.  He always thought that he would enjoy giving people advice in his role as a planner and adviser, but over the years, he has honed his listening and question-asking skills. Now, he counts helping clients find the path that is right for them as the best part of his job.

It is no surprise that Dave’s family life is also full of deep purpose. Dave and his wife Moreen most enjoy taking their five children, Ella, Luke, Nicholas, Anna, and Caroline up to northern Michigan to sail, fish, and spend quality time together. They reside in Northern Kentucky, near where David grew up, and as he looks to the future, he knows his roots and commitments will continue to deepen.

How Do I Plan for My Financial Future While Going Through a Divorce? With Rachel Rasmussen, MBA, CFA, CDFA®, and Joe Patterson, CFP®

How Do I Plan for My Financial Future While Going Through a Divorce? With Rachel Rasmussen, MBA, CFA, CDFA®, and Joe Patterson, CFP®

Did you know that the United States ranks 4th in the world for the highest number of divorces? 

If you’re going through a divorce, it’s essential to understand the financial implications that could impact your future. 

In this episode, Rachel Rasmussen, MBA, CFA, CDFA®, and Joe Patterson, CFP®, help us understand the divorce process so you can plan for your financial future. You’ll also learn how working with a financial advisor can help you understand the financial impact of your divorce proceedings.    

Rachel and Joe share more about:

  • The importance of planning  for your new financial future
  • Financial factors in a divorce that you may not be aware of
  • Financial considerations pre and post-divorce
  • Why having a team of advisors can help to reduce stress
  • And more


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