Common Questions

Our advisor is a friend and has done a great job for us. Why should we move to Marsh?


Up to this point, you and your advisor have likely focused on the accumulation phase of the Money Cycle. But as you enter a new phase, you need a more comprehensive wealth management plan that goes beyond wealth accumulation. Led by CPAs and a Certified Financial Planner, the Marsh team is better equipped (and more up to speed on the latest tax legislation) to help you develop a comprehensive tax strategy and legacy plan. And since we are fiduciaries, you can trust that we are always acting in your best interest.




Isn’t it a pain to move our accounts?


We make the transition easy and painless. We’ll even develop a plan to proactively minimize any tax events that could occur. If you need help with what to say to your current advisor, we can assist with that, too. And we’re happy to calculate how much that 10 minutes of awkwardness could save you.




How can Marsh compete with the resources of bigger firms?


Our fees are lower in part because we don’t have to pay the overhead that the big firms do. We have access to the same data. The key difference is that we can reference their forecasts without having to fund them. This means our clients aren’t funding them either. As a smaller firm, we are also better able to develop more personal, customized plans to meet your specific needs.




How secure is my money with Marsh?


100%. Your money is always your money, not ours. We don’t hold your assets; we just advise you on how to best leverage them. We use TD Ameritrade as an independent custodian. Your monthly statement will come directly from them, and you will have online access to your personal portal, where you can monitor your account and its holdings 24/7.




What if something happens to you?


Since TD Ameritrade will be the custodian of your assets, that’s where they would be. Our practice would be picked up by another fiduciary, who would have complete access to the plans and strategies we have created for you. You could decide to remain with them or go someplace else. In that regard, it’s really no different from your current advisor setup.




Do I have to move all of my assets to Marsh, or could I just move some?


From a strategic standpoint, it’s in your best interest to have all of your assets with us so we can best manage tax strategies across your portfolio. But we understand that you may have extenuating circumstances. We’re happy to discuss those with you to find a solution that meets your needs.





Preparing for What’s Next

What is the optimal tax-efficient order and timing to leverage your assets? How can you reduce the tax burden on your spouse and family now and after you pass? What’s the best approach to Required Minimum Distributions (RMD), and how should you factor those into your financial planning? How can you maximize charitable giving to ensure the greatest impact and tax-smart timing?

Plan for Confidence

Marsh Wealth Management is a boutique firm providing customized tax, preservation, and distribution strategies that ensure you get the most from the money you’ve earned. Effective financial planning isn’t just about When and Where. It’s also about What, How, and Why. That’s why we develop your personalized financial plan to cover four key areas:

  1. Investments

  2. Tax Strategies

  3. Healthcare

  4. Legacy & Estate

In addition to creating a strategy we’re confident about, Marsh has been meticulous about implementation and follow-through with details, often pointing out nuances that could work to our advantage, whether related to investment vehicles, tax implications, or other retirement issues. They also just seem to enjoy what they do, which helps make what could be an arduous process much more fulfilling. Our advice is to compare what they have to offer and see if it might work for you. It certainly has for us!

– Gordon and Reid S.

The testimonial above was provided by a non-compensated current client who has no conflicts of interest.

A proactive tax strategy protects you and your family members.
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Keep more of what’s yours.

One size does not fit all. Your lifestyle requires a unique wealth management approach. That’s why Marsh provides personal, customized tax strategies and legacy plans. Led by CPAs and a Certified Financial Planner, our team can help you and your family keep more of the money you’ve earned.
Enjoy your retirement, protect your lifestyle, and minimize your tax burden.

The CFP Advantage

Yvonne Marsh is also a CFP® professional (Certified Financial Planner). While just about anyone can use the title “financial planner,” only a select few are certified by the CFP Board. CFP® professionals have met rigorous qualifications for financial planning and years of experience delivering financial planning services to clients. CFP® professionals also commit to high ethical standards and are held accountable by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.

The CPA Advantage

In the accumulation stage of your wealth plan, taxes are usually simpler. Max out your pre-tax and ROTH contributions, and itemize to ensure you’re taking advantage of mortgage interest and charitable contributions. But as you near the preservation and distribution stages, tax issues become more complex, and a slight misstep can be very costly. As CPAs and fiduciaries, Mike Marsh and Yvonne Marsh counsel clients not just on the what and how of tax strategies but on the when

The Fiduciary Advantage

Fiduciaries are required to put their clients’ interests above all others. While this may seem obvious, consider that many financial advisors are not fiduciaries. It is commonplace for advisors to profit (through “revenue sharing”) by investing their clients’ money with specific funds, whether they are the best funds for the client or not. As fiduciaries, we are held to a higher standard of transparency and care, accounting for each client’s goals, risk tolerance, and circumstances.

Why Marsh?

Several years ago, my husband and I became clients of Marsh Wealth Management. We were not pleased with the firm we had been using but didn't realize how underserved we had been. Our relationship with Yvonne and her firm has become one of trust and financial benefits. The advice we have received has always been timely and wise. It has been a pleasure to refer friends and family to Marsh, as we are confident their experience with the company will be as positive as ours. 

– Suzanne W.

The testimonial above was provided by a non-compensated current client who has no conflicts of interest.

The Money Cycle

Why a Strategic Distribution Plan Matters
Tax Strategies

Your Personalized Tax Plan from Marsh Wealth Management will help you approach and organize your assets proactively so you can keep more of what you’ve earned. Expiring tax cuts, a stressed Social Security system, and a ballooning national debt are likely to push tax rates higher, eating into your savings and using up your money faster than you expected. The CPAs at Marsh can advise you on the most tax-efficient order of withdrawals to minimize your tax burden. Areas of opportunity include:

  • Systematic Roth conversions completed annually through December 2025, when the current tax code expires.

  • Using the Qualified Charitable Distribution rules to their maximum effect.

  • Reviewing your non-retirement investment holdings for tax-efficiency, including such things as the balance of tax-preferenced qualified dividends versus ordinary dividends, tax-preferenced long-term capital gain versus short-term capital gains, and the minimization of mutual funds’ capital gain distributions.

  • Leveraging charitable gifting of highly appreciated non-qualified assets to (1) avoid capital gain while rebalancing your portfolio and (2) create a tax deduction to offset the income created from Roth conversions.

  • Using Charitable Remainder Trusts or Charitable Bequests to minimize the 40% estate tax, which will become problematic when the estate tax exemption reverts back to $5.5 million in 2026.

  • Evaluating the tax advantage of IRA disclaiming rules, allowing the surviving spouse to pass some pre-tax IRA dollars to a named contingent beneficiary at the first spouse’s passing.

  • Ensuring that the marriage portability provisions for the Federal Estate Tax exemption are not inadvertently overlooked at the first spouse’s passing.

  • Providing guidance to your heirs regarding how to best structure their taxable IRA inheritance within the 10-year confines created by the SECURE Act in 2019.

Investments

Your plan will include an Investment Bucket Strategy that categorizes your assets for Now, Soon, and Later while honoring your risk preferences. We will assess the tax-efficiency of your current strategy and outline the most tax-efficient order of asset withdrawal during retirement. We can also assist with Roth conversion and RMD strategies. 

Healthcare

A financial plan would be incomplete without factoring in healthcare needs. We consult on health savings accounts and Medicare cost minimization while helping you plan for long-term care funding.

Legacy & Estate

We listen to your legacy goals, review beneficiary designations, and make recommendations from a tax and probate perspective. We will work with you to disarm potential landmines that your heirs could face in the future. We can even connect you to an estate attorney if legal documents need to be updated.

​Do you have a burning question about retirement planning? Send it to us, and we’ll answer it for free.

Schedule a no-obligation consultation (in person, by phone, or over Zoom). Contact us now.

How can we help you?

Marsh Wealth Management has been proactive in advising me of strategies to address proposed income and estate tax law changes. Marsh has also provided valuable advice regarding fixed index annuities and long term care insurance. 

Richard R.

The testimonial above was provided by a non-compensated current client who has no conflicts of interest.

to help you enjoy your retirement with confidence

accumulating wealth for retirement

Accumulation

In your earning years, financial planning focuses on accumulation. Marsh 401k+ and back-door Roth allocation strategies ensure you are maximizing pre-tax savings tools. Other investment strategies can help you save for retirement, college, or other big-ticket items.

preserving funds for retirement

Preservation

The most overlooked phase of the money cycle, preservation focuses on managing the wealth you’ve accumulated with a strategy that accounts for your needs Now, Soon, and Later. This ensures you can live comfortably, without fear that you will outlive your money.

distribution of retirement funds

Distribution

Knowing when, which, and how much of your assets to leverage throughout your retirement can significantly impact your tax burden and your legacy. The CPA/fiduciary team at Marsh Wealth Management will map tax-smart strategies to ensure you stay in control of your money.

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