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It’s Not Your Imagination. Pandemic Work Days ARE Getting Longer

Many of us are fortunate enough to be able to continue working remotely during the COVID-19 crisis, far away from the potential perils of the daily commute on public transit or sharing a workplace with others. But there is a downside to working from home. If it feels like the workday is getting longer, it’s […]

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Elderly Care in Times of Pandemic

We’re pleased to share with you a guest blog from our colleague Linda Ames Lyon, CFP®, MBA. Linda serves as Associate Advisor with Mercer Advisors in its Washington D.C. branch. She writes about the very personal journey she went through with her husband as they discovered her aging mother-in-law needed a higher level of care. […]

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Quote Of The Week: The Coming Childcare Crisis

“There are upward of 45 million working parents with children under 18, and most of them are in jobs that can’t be done from home. Without in-person school, many parents will be forced to choose between working and supervising and caring for their children. Many will choose the latter.” Justin Lahart, “Beware of Complacency on […]

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Mercer Advisors Named To Elite Advisor List

Financial Times has named Mercer Advisors to their elite group of Top 300 Registered Investment Advisors once again! The list singles out Registered Investment Advisors with more than $300 million of client assets under management based on their expertise, credentials and client service. Clients need in-depth and tailored advice more than ever, says the Financial Times, as […]

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Is A Roth Conversion Right For You? 7 Things You Need To Know

We’ve been talking to several clients about doing a Roth Conversion before year-end. For some people, a Roth Conversion can be a great tax-saving strategy, but for others it could go down as a big mistake. Here’s some of the most common misconceptions about Roth Conversions, and what you absolutely need to know before you […]

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College Refund Due To COVID-19? Here’s How To Handle It

Your college student may have received a refund for tuition, fees, room and board, or other qualified higher education expenses due to COVID-19. If you withdrew funds from your student’s 529 account to pay the expenses, you may be able to deposit the refund back to the 529 account. To put the funds back into the […]

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Closing The Gender Wealth Gap

Most of us have heard about the gender pay gap. Women on average make 82¢ for each $1.00 earned by white male workers. But there’s an even more serious gender wealth gap. The typical woman has accumulated only 32¢ in wealth for each dollar accumulated by men, says female finance pioneer Sallie Krawcheck, co-founder and CEO […]

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Real Estate Winners And Losers: Taking A Closer Look

Like many other investors, you probably own a handful of REITs or real estate mutual funds in your portfolio. Publicly traded real estate, whether packaged inside real estate mutual funds or exchange traded funds (ETFs), has been a perennial investor favorite, offering decent income payouts, good portfolio diversification, inflation protection, and tax benefits. Lately, as […]

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Quote Of The Week: What Low Interest Rates Mean For You

The Federal Reserve has pushed interest rates to new lows to fight COVID-19. How do these historically low rates affect your wallet? “Good news, bad news. Borrowers will benefit from the low-rate environment. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate is likely to remain below 4% for the foreseeable future. Auto, home-equity and other consumer loan rates will […]

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My 401(k) Match Just Got Axed. Now What?

It’s another sad reflection of the coronavirus pandemic gripping our nation. Your employer has just axed the matching contribution to your 401(k) retirement plan. For the average employee that’s a loss of over $4,000 per year. What to do now? Here’s answers to your most common questions: What’s a typical 401(k) match, and how does it work? […]

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