About Ben Wacek, CFP®
Ben Wacek is a fee-only, Certified Financial Planner who helps his clients steward their resources in a meaningful way for an affordable price. He uses Biblical principles as he works with his clients to budget, save, and give their money in a way that matches their goals.
Ben has more than seven years of experience as a financial planner and does not have investment minimums allowing him to work with clients of any life stage and net worth. He is based in Minneapolis but utilizes technology to serve clients across the US and around the world.
Ben loves working as a financial planner because of the opportunity that he have to make a difference in peoples’ lives. If he wasn’t a financial planner he likely would have chosen to be either a pastor or a teacher for a similar opportunity to serve others. It is incredibly rewarding for Ben when he is able to help someone develop a plan that helps them to achieve their goals.
Let me start with this: I like Dave Ramsey. I think he gets a lot right. I’ve taught his curriculum, Financial Peace University (FPU), many times over and believe that it is the best tool out there for those with limited financial knowledge or who are struggling with debt. Whenever I teach the class, however, I will cringe during certain lessons. I find myself qualifying the teachings by sharing my own opinions with the class.
We are on the eve of the greatest transfer of wealth in history. Most baby boomers are now well into retirement age and are finalizing decisions about their will or estate plan. As a result, the coming years will see an unprecedented amount of money being passed down to younger generations in the form of an inheritance. Families receiving an inheritance need to plan carefully in order to avoid some of the common pitfalls.
Here are some important tips to keep in mind:
America changed on December 22nd when President Trump signed a bill enacting the biggest tax overhaul in decades. One highlight of the new law is the near doubling of the standard deduction. Just how much this and the other changes will impact households, our economy, and our federal budget is the topic of much debate. These new tax laws won’t impact 2017 taxes that will get filed by April of this year.