Shaun Erickson

About Shaun Erickson

Single Point Partners, a fee-only financial planning firm located in Boston, MA, was founded for families who strive to make decisions that are better than “good enough”. We provide context and clarity to the planning, investing, and organization of your entire balance sheet. Our flat fee is the cornerstone of our belief that clients shouldn’t have to wonder “what’s in it for their advisor?” when making decisions. In 2012, Shaun was driven to found Single Point to build a firm that was focused on the agenda of our clients. The name of our company was born from the idea of being a “single point of contact” for our clients. We recognize that we do not have all of the answers, therefore, we have built our business around a great network of experts and resources for our clients. We place an important focus on researching, vetting, and collaborating with various professionals and services for our clients. When we don’t have the answer, we pride ourselves on knowing the right questions to ask, and who to ask them of. As an active member of Financial Planning Associations of MA, Shaun is involved with their pro-bono programs with Dana Farber Cancer Institute, JVS and Compass Working Capital. Shaun is also a member of NAPFA and the XY Planning Network. Our clients are spread across the country, but I live in Boston with my wife Alicia and our three children.

Introducing Bob Dockendorff!

By |2020-10-16T18:48:51+00:00October 16th, 2020|Categories: Single Point of View|

Long-time clients of SPP have heard me describe our process of updating our business plan each year.  Our focus for the year ahead always begins with exploring how we can best "improve the advice, service, and overall experience we deliver to our clients".  Our hope has always been that the outcome of this mindset would [...]

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Beware of the Payroll Tax Deferral

By |2020-09-11T21:44:42+00:00September 11th, 2020|Categories: Cash Flow, Single Point of View, Tax Planning|Tags: , , |

You are going to want to pay close attention to your paycheck over the next couple of months.  If you happen to see some extra $$$ in it, don't get too excited and certainly don't spend it all too quickly. So, what is this all about? President Trump has issued an executive order allowing employers [...]

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Saving for “retirement” in your 30s & 40s?

By |2020-09-04T18:18:59+00:00September 4th, 2020|Categories: Behind The Curtain, Cash Flow, Retirement Planning, Single Point of View|Tags: , , |

Am I saving enough for "retirement"?  How do we think about saving in general and balancing saving for shorter term goals as well?  In this installment of Behind The Curtain, Seth and I discuss a framework for thinking about savings when you are in your 30s & 40s.  It's not just about saving for this [...]

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Kids Heading Back to College? Here’s One Document You Should Have

By |2020-08-20T13:50:27+00:00August 20th, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning, Single Point of View|Tags: , , |

The entire country is trying to figure out how to open up schools, while some colleges will be doing remote learning many others are welcoming students back to campus.  If you have a child heading back to college this fall the below post from our friends at Squillace & Associates, P.C. is for you. Scott [...]

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How the $?#! do I fill in my W-4???

By |2020-08-13T15:02:44+00:00August 13th, 2020|Categories: General Planning, Single Point of View, Tax Planning|Tags: , |

Were you surprised by your tax bill the past couple of years? It's possible that is due to changes in the way taxes are now being calculated to be withheld from your paycheck. In this Single Point of View, Seth deciphers the new W-4 form and provides some tips on how to complete it. [...]

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Avoid Surprises with Unemployment Income (BTC Ep. 5)

By |2020-07-10T18:54:32+00:00July 9th, 2020|Categories: Behind The Curtain, Single Point of View, Tax Planning|Tags: , , |

Over 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment during the pandemic.  If that includes you, what should you be aware of to avoid any surprises? Seth and I discuss this in episode #5 of Behind the Curtain.

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How $1 of Income can cost you $1,680 of Tax

By |2020-06-30T20:48:32+00:00June 30th, 2020|Categories: Single Point of View, Tax Planning|Tags: , |

Our tax system is complicated. It is full of thresholds and cliffs that can cost you if you aren’t aware of them. Whether you are deciding on a Roth Conversion amount, taking Capital Gains, or exercising stock options - it is important to be doing tax planning to understand the full impact of those decisions. [...]

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How to use my credit card points? (BTC Ep. 4)

By |2020-05-19T12:48:45+00:00May 19th, 2020|Categories: Behind The Curtain, Cash Flow, Lending, Single Point of View|

We have a lot to manage in our financial lives, add credit card points to that list!  With so many different cards and rewards there is no one right way to use them.  Having a reminder (we're looking at you Knudge!) to at least make sure you are using them, and not losing them, is [...]

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Should I Stop Taking $ out of My Investments? (BTC Ep. 3)

By |2020-05-11T19:02:50+00:00May 11th, 2020|Categories: Behind The Curtain, Investment Planning, Retirement Planning, Single Point of View|

The question we've been getting more often from retirees living off withdrawals from their portfolio is " Should I take less money out of my accounts given the market decline?". In the 3rd episode of Behind the Curtain, Seth Corkin and I share our conversation addressing this question.

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