Comprehensive Services

Our services cover all areas of financial management, from investment and retirement planning, to risk mitigation strategies and issues surrounding estate planning strategies.  We specialize in helping our clients develop a comprehensive, cohesive financial strategy that fits their unique needs and enables them to pursue both short- and long-term strategies.

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Planning
Estate
Planning
Retirement
Planning
College and Higher Education
Planning
Professional
Money
Management
Insurance &
Liability Planning
Asset Allocation
Analysis
Estate Plan
Analysis
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Planning
529 Plans Fee-Based
Advisory Programs
Business Owner
Needs
Comprehensive
Financial Planning
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Roth IRAs
Education
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Money Managers
Disability Insurance
Understanding
Social Security
Beneficiary
Review
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& Distributions
UGMA/UTMA
Accounts
Quarterly
Performance Reports
Life Insurance
Tax Planning Gifting & Estate
Tax Planning
Retirement Funding
Analysis
College Funding
Analysis
  Long-Term
Care Insurance
           
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Executive
Services
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Succession
Planning
Cash Management Retirement Plans
for Business
Investment
Banking
Banking, Lending, & Trust Services
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Options Exercise
Life Insurance
Needs
Check Writing Choosing an
Appropriate Plan
Public Offerings
& Capital Raising
Securities-Based
Lending
Control & Restricted
Stock Transactions
Buy-Sell
Agreements
Visa® Debit Card Reviewing an
Existing Plan
Financial Advisory Visa® Credit Cards
Rule 10b5-1 Plans Estate Planning
Considerations
Bill Payment
Services
Choosing a 
Plan Provider
Mergers &
Acquisitions
Trust Management
& Administration
  Key Person
Insurance
Stifel Access
(online account access)
Selecting a
Third-Party
Administrator
Municipal Finance  

 

Understanding the Bond Market

As markets become volatile, many investors turn to bonds as an alternative to stocks. While bonds can play an integral role in a well-diversified portfolio, investors should fully understand their characteristics before investing. Bonds are often deemed a "safe" investment. However, investors need to be aware that bonds, like all investments, do carry some risk, and those risks need to be considered carefully.

Municipal Bonds

Just as the federal government needs funds to operate, local governments and public entities, such as school districts, often issue municipal bonds to meet their financial needs. Municipal bonds can be issued by states, cities, towns, or public commissions to provide money for schools, hospitals, and other public works. These securities provide income that is free of federal and, in some cases, state and local taxes. (Although income generated by most municipal bonds is exempt from taxes, any capital gains earned from the sale of bonds are subject to all federal and most state tax laws and certain bonds may be subject to the alternative minimum tax.)

Corporate Bonds

Corporate bonds, unlike U.S. Treasuries and municipal bonds, are fully taxable and may carry greater risk. At the same time, they may offer higher returns than tax-advantaged bonds. Corporate bonds are issued by corporations in the need of capital and are typically issued in denominations of $1,000 with terms of 1 to 30 years. Unlike stocks, bonds do not give the holder ownership interest in the corporation, as they are simply a tool used to lend the corporation funds they need to meet their goals.

Because corporate bonds generally carry greater risks than government and municipal bonds, it is critical that investors understand the quality of the bond they are considering for investment. To evaluate the credit quality of a bond, investors can look to organizations that rate various corporate bonds, such as Moody's Investors Service and Standard & Poor's. Those bonds rated Baa or above by Moody's and BBB or above by Standard & Poor's are considered investment-grade. Bonds rated below investment grade are considered more speculative and carry greater risk.

 

 

Stifel does not offer legal or tax advice.  You should consult with your legal and tax advisors regarding your particular situation.

Lending services for clients of Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated are performed exclusively by Stifel Bank and Stifel Bank & Trust (Stifel Banks).  Stifel Bank, Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, NMLS# 451163, is affiliated with Stifel Bank & Trust, Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, NMLS# 375103, and Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, Member SIPC & NYSE, each a wholly owned subsidiary of Stifel Financial Corp.  Unless otherwise specified, references to Stifel may mean Stifel Financial Corp. and/or any of its subsidiaries.  Unless otherwise specified, products purchased from or held by Stifel are not insured by the FDIC, are not deposits or other obligations of Stifel Banks, are not guaranteed by Stifel Banks, and are subject to investment risk, including possible loss of the principal.
 
Understanding the potential risks of a Stifel Pledged Asset (SPA) Line of Credit
Speak with your Financial Advisor about your risk tolerance level, market fluctuations, and specifically the potential risks associated with a Stifel SPA Line of Credit.

The SPA Line of Credit is a demand loan using the assets in the account as collateral.  If the minimum required value of the collateral is not maintained, the account holder will be required to:  (1) post additional qualified collateral, (2) repay a portion or all of the debt, or (3) forfeit that shortfall in value of pledged assets to Stifel Bank & Trust.  If the call is not met, Stifel Bank & Trust can liquidate some or all of the assets in the SPA Loan Account.  If terms of the account are not maintained, Stifel Bank & Trust may call the loan due and payable.  Stifel Bank & Trust will attempt to communicate with you to determine the right course of action to alleviate a collateral shortfall. Stifel Bank & Trust has the right to sell securities as needed without your consent to meet a collateral call.

Trust and fiduciary services are provided by Stifel Trust Company, N.A. and Stifel Trust Company Delaware, N.A. (Stifel Trust Companies), wholly owned subsidiaries of Stifel Financial Corp. and affiliates of Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, Member SIPC & NYSE.  Unless otherwise specified, products purchased from or held by Stifel Trust Companies are not insured by the FDIC or any other government agency, are not deposits or other obligations of Stifel Trust Companies, are not guaranteed by Stifel Trust Companies, and are subject to investment risks, including possible loss of the principal invested.  Stifel Trust Companies do not provide legal or tax advice.