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Financial Word of the Week: Gift tax annual exclusion

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The gift tax is a transfer tax imposed on any gift you give someone during your lifetime. However, the Internal Revenue Code provides each individual with a gift tax annual exclusion. The annual exclusion is the amount of property one individual may give each year to another individual without incurring any gift tax consequences. This number is adjusted annually for inflation and is currently $14,000 per donor per donee in 2015. “Per donor per donee” means that each individual donor may give $14,000 each to as many individuals as the donor wishes. For example, in 2015, each parent can give to each of their three children $14,000 in gifts, for a total of $ 28,000 per child.

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What doesn’t matter: the non-drivers of the economy

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In a world where a constant stream of economic data and commentary is the norm, it’s crucial to be able to sift through what really matters (see my post from last week for those insights) to make better-informed investment decisions. Now, let’s look at what doesn’t really matter when assessing the driving forces of the economy. We’ll assess why “Fed Talk” and high frequency economic data are oftentimes deemed important, yet have very little relevance.

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Fed Talk
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) consists of 12 members. All of them have their own opinions on the state of the economy.  As the old joke goes, if you have 12 economists in a room you will get 14 opinions.

The Fed develops forecasts like many Wall Street prognosticators, and their track record is very similar: not better, but not worse.  One would think since they hold the cards, their track record should be superior. However, you don’t need to be glued to your computer waiting for the next Fed press conference. Watch what they actually do, not what they say.

High-Frequency Economic Data
The high-frequency weekly indicators are meant to be accurate in observing economic trends in real time.  However, these data points can be misleading when observed point-to-point.

Take mortgage applications in 2015 for example; this data is released every Wednesday. Looking at one week in January, it indicates mortgage applications were up 49 percent. Then, a week in February recorded applications down 13 percent. The point is that just because you can track the data, doesn’t mean it is a helpful economic indicator.

The variety of data points we have at our fingertips today is nearly unfathomable. As investors look for more efficient ways to use the data at hand, remember to track the U.S. dollar, employment and global GDP. Take what the Fed says with a grain of salt and rather, watch what they do. And if you have high-frequency economic data in front of you, remember – just because it can be tracked, doesn’t mean it’s delivering information that should be used.

 

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UMB Private Wealth Management is a division within UMB Bank, n.a. that manages active portfolios for employee benefit plans, endowments and foundations, fiduciary accounts and individuals.  UMB Financial Services Inc * is a wholly owned subsidiary of UMB Bank, n.a. UMB Bank, n.a., is an affiliate within the UMB Financial Corporation. Banking and trust services offered through UMB Private Wealth Management, a division within UMB Bank, n.a.

This report is provided for informational purposes only and contains no investment advice or recommendations to buy or sell any specific securities. Statements in this report are based on the opinions of UMB Private Wealth Management and the information available at the time this report was published.

All opinions represent our judgments as of the date of this report and are subject to change at any time without notice. You should not use this report as a substitute for your own judgment, and you should consult professional advisors before making any tax, legal, financial planning or investment decisions. This report contains no investment recommendations and you should not interpret the statements in this report as investment, tax, legal, or financial planning advice. UMB Private Wealth Management obtained information used in this report from third-party sources it believes to be reliable, but this information is not necessarily comprehensive and UMB Private Wealth Management does not guarantee that it is accurate.

All investments involve risk, including the possible loss of principal. This information is not intended to be a forecast of future events and this is no guarantee of any future results. Neither UMB Private Wealth Management nor its affiliates, directors, officers, employees or agents accepts any liability for any loss or damage arising out of your use of all or any part of this report.

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*Securities offered through UMB Financial Services, Inc. member FINRA, SIPC, or the Investment Banking Division of UMB Bank, n.a.

 

Insurance products offered through UMB Insurance, Inc. You may not have an account with all of these entities. Contact your UMB representative if you have any questions.

Securities and Insurance products are:

NOT FDIC INSURED * NO BANK GUARANTEE * NOT A DEPOSIT * NOT INSURED BY ANY GOVERNMENT AGENCY * MAY LOSE VALUE


K.C. Mathews joined UMB in 2002. As executive vice president and chief investment officer, Mr. Mathews is responsible for the development, execution and oversight of UMB’s investment strategy. He is chairman of the Trust Investment, Asset Allocation and Trust Policy Committees. Mr. Mathews has more than 20 years of diverse experience in the investment industry. Prior to joining UMB, he served as vice president and manager of the portfolio management group at Bank of Oklahoma for nine years. Mr. Mathews earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Mathews attended the ABA National Trust School at Northwestern University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst and member of the CFA Institute. He is past president of the Kansas City CFA Society and a past president of the Oklahoma Society of Financial Analysts.



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What really matters: the drivers of today’s economy

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Every day we are bombarded with data and opinions meant to help investors manage their portfolios. Much of the data can be ignored, because unfortunately most of it is just that—data. As investors, we only want to explore the kind of data that becomes useful information. My team and I will figure out what you need to know to grasp where the market is heading by uncovering what really matters when forecasting economic activity. In a world where a constant stream of economic data and commentary is the norm, it’s crucial to be able to sift through what really matters to make better-informed investment decisions.

The important variables to monitor over the next year will be the U.S. dollar, employment and key global issues.

I visited The Streetrecently to share my insights.

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The U.S. Dollar

The U.S. dollar (the dollar) has become increasingly important because of two key functions.

1) its impact on corporate earnings in the United States.

2) global economic conditions and its ability to provide insight into relative interest rates.

Let’s take a look at the short-term and long-term impact of the dollar on the economy.

Short-term:

With the recently-strengthened dollar, the fast increase is what had a meaningful impact on our economy. A strong dollar makes exported goods and services that are produced in the United States more expensive. Numerous conglomerates have cited the strong dollar as a headwind that has negatively affected corporate earnings, stating that this will be a driver putting downward pressure on earnings and stock prices due to the translation impact1 and competitive concerns2. However, small businesses which typically do not have as much international exposure will not be as negatively affected by a strong dollar. Also, the United States is a net importer; in the first quarter we exported $2.08 trillion and imported $2.63 trillion. Commodities are negatively correlated with the dollar and as it strengthens, commodity prices will fall. This will be a positive for companies that use commodities as an input variable and for the general consumer.  We expect continued strength in the dollar.

Long-term:

We see that the dollar typically strengthens when the U.S. economy is outpacing its peers. In addition, we think the United States will soon be hiking interest rates while lowering rates is popular elsewhere around the world. This would suggest more upside for the dollar. However, we think Europe will show signs of economic growth and this should cause the dollar to stabilize. It is imperative that we pay attention to the dollar. It matters more than investors realize.

To learn more about the value of the U.S. dollar, check out my video from earlier this year.

Employment
Jobs are one of the most important variables to an economy.  As jobs are created, consumer confidence increases and over time, wages increase.

Short-term:

What matters are jobs, jobs and more jobs. Job creation is the critical component in breaking the U.S. economy free from being “stuck in the mediocre-growth-mud.” In the short run, it is not critical what kinds of jobs are created, or whether they are high or low paying. Rather, it’s more important to focus on job growth and a low unemployment rate. Those variables alone will increase consumer confidence and move the markets. This year we expect that an average of 250,000 jobs will be created per month, similar to 2014.

Long-term:

The quality of jobs and wage growth remains in question. It appears there are some structural changes developing.

The U-6 is one of the ways the Bureau of Labor Statistics more critically measures long-term growth. The U-6 is calculated by adding the marginally attached workers (people who have become discouraged and stopped looking for employment) and part-time workers to the unemployment rate. This puts the U-6 at 10.8 percent, almost twice the rate of the unemployment rate (5.5 percent).

The jobs created have been in lower-paying industries, such as retail and leisure and hospitality. In addition, part-time employment due to economic reasons has not improved since 2010. This indicates a skill mismatch and a potential structural change developing.

The labor market appears to be tightening; unemployment has improved significantly since 2009, yet there appears to be limited wage pressure.  We think once the U-6 breaches 10 percent, wage inflation will appear on the horizon. Employment matters.

Global Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
We operate in a global economy.  What happens overseas can have a material impact on the U.S. economy.

Short-term:

All eyes are on Europe. Whether Europe can successfully manage Greece and enter a recovery phase is up in the air. Europe’s economy has been growing very slowly. Similar to the United States in 2009, lower interest rates and quantitative easing by the European Central Bank are now critical to global economic and market activity. Approximately 10 percent of our exports go to the Eurozone. The consensus GDP growth in Europe is 1.5 percent in 2015.  As monetary stimulus and green shoots of growth sprout in Europe, risk-based assets should perform well around the globe.

Long-term:

China is important to the global economy for two primary reasons:

  1. China represents the second largest economy in the world. The U.S., the largest economy, has a $16.8 trillion economy, while China’s economy is only $13.3 trillion.
  2. Even more important than size is growth rate. In 1985, China represented 3 percent of global GDP and the U.S. represented 25 percent. Today, China represents 14 percent and the U.S. has dropped to 19 percent. Even though the Chinese economy is smaller than the U.S. economy, it has been growing at a faster pace.  In 2010, China was growing at a pace of 10.5 percent.  Growth in 2014 slowed to 7.4 percent, although the data from their government has been questioned by many.

The real risk is if China’s economic activity slows to less than 6 percent growth. For a country with 1.4 billion people a slowdown would send a ripple throughout the world’s economy, as China’s imports will wane. We operate in a worldwide economy and ignoring these global variables is not an option.

Remember to check back for “What Doesn’t Matter: The non-drivers of the economy” next week!

[1] Translation is negatively impacted because sales generated outside the U.S. must be converted into dollars for financial reporting purposes. Therefore, a higher dollar = lower sales in dollars. So focus on sales ex-currency impacts.

[1] Example: Airbus, a European airline manufacturer, becomes price competitive versus Boeing, a U.S. airline manufacturer when the Euro weakens relative to the Dollar.

 

When you click links marked with the “‡” symbol, you will leave UMB’s website and go to websites that are not controlled by or affiliated with UMB. We have provided these links for your convenience. However, we do not endorse or guarantee any products or services you may view on other sites. Other websites may not follow the same privacy policies and security procedures that UMB does, so please review their policies and procedures carefully.

 

DISCLOSURE AND IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS:

UMB Private Wealth Management is a division within UMB Bank, n.a. that manages active portfolios for employee benefit plans, endowments and foundations, fiduciary accounts and individuals.  UMB Financial Services Inc * is a wholly owned subsidiary of UMB Bank, n.a. UMB Bank, n.a., is an affiliate within the UMB Financial Corporation. Banking and trust services offered through UMB Private Wealth Management, a division within UMB Bank, n.a.

This report is provided for informational purposes only and contains no investment advice or recommendations to buy or sell any specific securities. Statements in this report are based on the opinions of UMB Private Wealth Management and the information available at the time this report was published.

All opinions represent our judgments as of the date of this report and are subject to change at any time without notice. You should not use this report as a substitute for your own judgment, and you should consult professional advisors before making any tax, legal, financial planning or investment decisions. This report contains no investment recommendations and you should not interpret the statements in this report as investment, tax, legal, or financial planning advice. UMB Private Wealth Management obtained information used in this report from third-party sources it believes to be reliable, but this information is not necessarily comprehensive and UMB Private Wealth Management does not guarantee that it is accurate.

All investments involve risk, including the possible loss of principal. This information is not intended to be a forecast of future events and this is no guarantee of any future results. Neither UMB Private Wealth Management nor its affiliates, directors, officers, employees or agents accepts any liability for any loss or damage arising out of your use of all or any part of this report.

“UMB” – Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. Copyright © 2012. UMB Financial Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

*Securities offered through UMB Financial Services, Inc. member FINRA, SIPC, or the Investment Banking Division of UMB Bank, n.a.

Insurance products offered through UMB Insurance, Inc. You may not have an account with all of these entities. Contact your UMB representative if you have any questions.

Securities and Insurance products are:

NOT FDIC INSURED * NO BANK GUARANTEE * NOT A DEPOSIT * NOT INSURED BY ANY GOVERNMENT AGENCY * MAY LOSE VALUE


K.C. Mathews joined UMB in 2002. As executive vice president and chief investment officer, Mr. Mathews is responsible for the development, execution and oversight of UMB’s investment strategy. He is chairman of the Trust Investment, Asset Allocation and Trust Policy Committees. Mr. Mathews has more than 20 years of diverse experience in the investment industry. Prior to joining UMB, he served as vice president and manager of the portfolio management group at Bank of Oklahoma for nine years. Mr. Mathews earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Mathews attended the ABA National Trust School at Northwestern University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst and member of the CFA Institute. He is past president of the Kansas City CFA Society and a past president of the Oklahoma Society of Financial Analysts.



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Second quarter 2015 earnings explained

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We released our second quarter 2015 earnings  recently, and our Chief Financial Officer is here to share the highlights, including the much-anticipated acquisition of Marquette Financial Companies.


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Mr. Walker is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer at UMB Financial Corporation. He joined UMB in 2007. He earned a Business Administration (Accounting) degree at Kansas State University and his Masters of Business Administration degree at Rockhurst University. In addition to his involvement with several community and charitable organizations, he is also the treasurer for the Big Bash Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation focused on providing financial assistance and increasing visibility for local not-for-profit organizations.



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Financial Word of the Week: Power of Attorney

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A durable power of attorney is a legal document where you as the “principal” designate an agent to handle the matters described in the document during your lifetime. A power of attorney is “durable” only if it provides that your agent may act even if you are disabled. In addition, there are many different kinds of power of attorney:

  • ordinary – revocable and automatically terminates upon the death or incapacity of the principal
  • springing – become effective only when needed, at some future date or upon some future occurrence, usually the principal’s incapacity
  • general – authorizes an agent to transact business for the principal
  • special – limits the agent’s authority to only a specified matter.
  • durable – remains in effect during the principal’s incapacity

Powers of attorney are central part of most estate plans, and provide a mechanism outside of court guardianships and conservatorships for management of your affairs. It can be a useful complement to a revocable trust, as the trustee would not have powers regarding assets not held in the trust. Rather, the agent can deal with assets held outside of the trust and other business that the trustee may not be able to handle, such as signing your income tax returns or dealing with a retirement asset.

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Books or eBooks: Who’s Winning? {infographic}

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Get the word on who’s leading the book industry. Are you Team Book or Team eBook?
eBooks vs. Traditional Books - infographic

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Financial Word of the Week: Credit Shelter Trust

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A Credit Shelter Trust (also known as family trust, non-marital trust or bypass trust) is one that is usually employed as part of a married individual’s estate plan. Upon the death of the first spouse, it is funded with the estate tax exempt amount, sometimes referred to as the Unified Credit. Such a trust is often structured to provide benefits to a decedent’s surviving spouse, without triggering estate tax upon the second spouse’s death. Property in the credit shelter trust can then pass through to descendants upon the death of the surviving spouse with no estate taxes paid by the estate of either spouse. In 2015, the estate tax exempt amount is $5,430,000.

In light of the high exemption amount, it is always a good time to update your estate plan with your legal advisor.

 

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UMB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: UMBF) is a diversified financial holding company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., offering complete banking services, payment solutions, asset servicing and institutional investment management to customers. UMB operates banking and wealth management centers throughout Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arizona and Texas, as well as two national specialty-lending businesses. Subsidiaries of the holding company include companies that offer services to mutual funds and alternative-investment entities and registered investment advisors that offer equity and fixed income strategies to institutions and individual investors.



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Meet the Veterans: Stacey Huddleston

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UMB is fortunate to have several veterans on our team and are proud to hire veterans in our local communities. This series highlights some of our associates who have served their country in the military prior to joining UMB. Be sure to check out the other profiles in our series—Steve MarinRyan Gardner & Lynda McWhirter.

Q&A with Stacey Huddleston, United States Army 1994-1997 E4 SpecialistStacy Huddleston - UMB Bank

Tell us about yourself
I was born in East Moline, Ill. on a very small farm that my family rented near the Mississippi River along the Illinois/Iowa border of the Quad Cities. I learned the benefits of hard work, pride of ownership and dedication to service as soon as I was able to carry a bucket. My first car was a 1951 John Deere A-Style Row tractor.

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It took two years after high school to realize that I needed to make a change in my life, so I joined the U.S. Army in 1994 as a Forward Observer 13F. I exited the Army in 1997 and began my college career at Illinois State University where I earned degrees in Marketing and Economics in 2000.

My first job after college was a credit manager for a large financial institution. I was quickly promoted to branch sales manager and managed four offices and several associates until I left in 2009 to pursue an opportunity with a smaller community bank.  After a few years, I realized that I needed something in the middle and was blessed to have the opportunity to come to UMB in 2011. I love it here!

What about your past shaped who you are today?
Who I am today could be easily summed up with one word. Pride. I take great pride in everything I do.  From the day I was born, I was blessed with a name to be proud of.  My father, Tom Huddleston a retired forklift operator at John Deere Harvester, named me after his supervisor Stacey King. For several reasons, Stacey was the most respected man my father ever knew at the time, and took great pride in knowing that his son would carry the same name as his mentor.

As I grew up I watched my father go on strike every four years or get laid off during slow times, where he would take whatever job he needed to make ends meet.  My father wasn’t necessarily proud of where he worked, but he was extremely proud of the work he accomplished.  I watched my mother, Pam Huddleston, give unconditional positive support to my father during these hardships. She was always proud of my father no matter what the circumstances.

As early as I could remember I would spend entire weekends with my father walking several miles of country roads as we picked up aluminum cans to recycle for extra money for the family. (He’s 75 now and still collects aluminum cans for extra money). It was these times that I learned why we actually had a small farm where we raised hogs, chickens and rabbits. Our animals always seemed to provide for us when we needed it most.

My mother was our CEO/CFO/COO and warden!  She taught me to respect everyone around me, common courtesy and to take pride in myself.  She pushed me to always do better, and expected me to always be as happy as I can be.  My father expected me to simply make good choices and never tarnish the Huddleston name.  He told me that no matter what I ever did, be the very best at it. Take pride in everything you do, everything!

From these lessons I accomplished a few things that have brought me here to this point in my life.  I am the first on either side of my family to graduate high school, to step foot on a university campus, and to earn a college degree. I am the first banker in my family.

Tell us about your family.
Huddleston family at the Alamo
My parents Tom and Pam Huddleston live in Colona, Ill., only 2 miles from where I grew up. My father is retired from John Deere Harvester, doing the same job he was first hired to do.  Shortly after my father retired to spend more quality time with my mother at their home, my mother retired as the homemaker of the “Huddleston House” and has been making sandwiches at a  local restaurant ever since.

I am a proud father of two amazing young men, Brant, 15 and Mason, 14. Brant is finishing up his freshman year and will soon be driving. Mason is very much involved in drama where he’s taken several roles in school. We spend quite a bit of time together doing home projects where I teach them how to use power tools, read a tape measure and use their hands. We spend quite a bit of time outdoors hunting, hiking and taking pictures of the wildlife. I am grateful for the challenges and opportunities that have placed me where I am today.
Huddleston Boys
Why did you choose to join the military?
Two years after high school, I realized that I was on a path of self destruction and going nowhere. I met an Army veteran who mentored me, giving me the confidence to do something great. He also mentioned a free college education program that Illinois offered residents who came back to Illinois after their military service. I quickly found a recruiter and made a long-term plan for success. Within two weeks of meeting a recruiter, I took the entry test and joined the U.S. Army as a Forward Observer 13F with a plan to get back to Illinois as quickly as possible to start college. I never knew what a forward observer was when I joined, but I loved calling in artillery once I figured it out.

Give us some highlights about your military career.
I started off my basic and advanced training at Ft. Sill, Okla., where I heard the word “terrorism” for the first time on April 19, 1995, after the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed while I was sitting outside our barracks that sunny day.

I spent the next year in the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Hovey, South Korea, where we were reorganized as the 2nd battalion of the 9th Infantry Regiment “Manchus.” Our commander ordered us to march the traditional 50 mile Manchu road march along the mountainous hills near the DMZ of North Korea to show our force. The entire 2/9th Army nearly caused a conflict that day!

I was then stationed at Ft. Lewis, Wash., where my remaining time in the Army was spent conducting nonstop training in the 25th Infantry Division. My training took me to Ft. Polk, La., Yakima, Wash., and two stops at the National Training Center in California, all in a span of less than a year.  I exited the Army as a Specialist promotable in just less than three years of service to start my college career.

What are the greatest challenges that someone leaving the military and entering a new career faces?
Purpose!  One of the most difficult challenges for anyone leaving the military and adjusting to civilian life is trying to find their purpose.  I find myself talking to other veterans who have had a difficult time adjusting because they feel as if they should be back on the battlefield, or they have survivor’s guilt or they can’t seem to get that adrenaline rush back that had been forced on them for so long.  I believe it’s important that organizations like Warriors for Freedom help organize events and activities for our veterans so that they may feel connected with our community, network with other civilians and help them find their purpose.

I am excited to see UMB organize a Veterans Engagement Taskforce (VET) to give our veterans additional purpose. I believe our focus on veterans will help give them the purpose they need to transition into a new career and adjust from the military lifestyle.

I’m also thrilled to be a new mentor through the ACP program‡ and look forward to working with fellow veterans to help with their transition into civilian life.

What are your favorite ways to give back in the community?
I was raised with the old saying, “give anyone that needs help the clothes off your back without asking for anything in return.”  To this day I try to help everyone I can as much as possible.  I don’t wait for a special event, holiday or gathering to give.  When I see someone in need, I simply do whatever it takes to help them out. Sometimes it’s giving up my lunch or clothes to someone, fixing their home and even pulling trees from their yard.

I think many people believe they have to write a check, or put on a volunteer shirt to make a difference. It’s because of my upbringing and lack of money, where I can truly understand the needs of others and help them when I can.  I work very hard to instill these same values in my two boys, who two years ago helped me hand out Christmas presents to children and feed those who didn’t have a hot meal that day.

What are your favorite ways to spend a weekend?
I rarely sit still long enough to relax, so many of my weekends are spent with my boys hunting, hiking, fishing golfing or working on home projects. I recently purchased a fixer-upper house, and the boys love working with their hands and learning how to operate power tools.

How did you come to be at UMB? What made you want to work here?
I was contacted by a UMB recruiter to apply for the position of commercial business development officer. I had never heard of this position before and had very little information about it at the time. After doing quite a bit of research on UMB, its products and people; I found that there is a long lasting retention rate within the commercial team, and there are so many products and services to offer clients compared to what I was used to. I was sold on UMB once I realized that I was to simply call on the Oklahoma market by offering UMB products and sharing our story.

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Financial Word of the Week: Estate Tax

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If you’re an heir to a relative or friend’s estate, you need to know what an estate tax is AND realize that there’s a good chance it may not apply to you as it once would have in the past. Estate tax is a transfer tax imposed when someone passes away and leaves his or her assets to you. Currently, the federal government and 16 individual states charge an estate tax.

The federal estate tax rate is currently at 40 percent. Fortunately, the tax code allows all individuals to pass a certain amount of assets (either during their lifetime, at death or a combination of both) before those transfers are subject to the federal estate tax. This amount has jumped dramatically in the past 15 years, going from $675,000 in 2001 to $5,430,000 in 2015. As a result, many estates will not be subject to a federal estate tax.

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How to find lifelong financial and physical health

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This last year of my life has been one of the hardest. While I lost a lot of weight and look a lot better, the true prize was the lessons that I learned. One big lesson: your health and finances are directly related. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to be on ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss and would like to share some of the facts that I have learned!
ABC Extreme Weight Loss - Kelli Poles

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With more than two-thirds of Americans being overweight or obese, the United States depleted about $200 billion of medical spending on obesity related illnesses.  Let’s focus on how we can individually do our part to put a dent in those numbers.

“Isn’t a healthy lifestyle expensive?”

This is the belief that many people have. However if you compare the difference between healthy ways of living with the consequences of medical bills, it’s quite the opposite. Financial and health problems create a vicious cycle. Financial stress can result in skipping meals, poor food choices, missing check-ups or even emotional eating. These all lead to health problems, which then lead back to more financial issues. Another aspect of this cycle is your financial legacy. The morbid fact is that obesity leads to death, and in many cases this causes your family members to take on the financial burden.

Below are some tips that will work for a prosperous life in both the health and financial realm.

  • Organization is Key. Just as you have to organize your finances, such as managing debt, budgeting and managing assets, you need to organize your health with scheduled workouts, food preparation and calorie counting.
  • Communicate. Keeping an open line of communication is crucial. Discuss a budget with your spouse, family or even a financial advisor. This will assure that you are on a clear path and should help you answer any questions you have. With your health—find a support system, with the help of a trainer or health professional, online group or your friends and family. Your level of success will increase when you are held accountable.
  • Write it down. Have a to-do list. There are so many tools for creating a budget or organizing your bills. There are also some great apps for calorie counting and exercise tracking. Or do it the old-fashioned way, and write it on a piece of paper!
  • Have Fun! Take time to relax, and enjoy life. Be responsible about your life, career and physical well being. Protect your health and your wealth by finding a good balance between the two. Remember you are not perfect, and it’s okay to indulge every once in awhile. Just be sure it is in moderation, and use it as a reward!

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Ms. Kelli Poles is a Client Relationship Manager for UMB Bank N.A. She is responsible for strengthening relationships with current consumer clients and prospecting externally for new clients. She joined UMB Fund Services in 2011 and has 6 years of experience in the financial services industry.



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