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Retiring? Avoid This Big 401(k) Rollover Mistake

Three-quarters of retirees “de-risked” their portfolio by reducing stock exposure when they quit working and rolled their workplace 401(k)s to an IRA. The de-risking dilemma That may seem like a good idea. But unfortunately, in some investment environments, making big, sudden changes to your fund mix at retirement can be a major mistake, according to […]

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5 Things To Know About The New Infrastructure Bill

It’s not law yet, but the much anticipated $1 trillion infrastructure package is moving along through Congress. The Senate passed the bill last week. Now it goes to the House. Here’s a quick summary: Why is the Infrastructure bill important? First of all, while the details are still being worked out, the legislation has rare […]

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Is Inflation Bad? Not Always  

Is Inflation Bad? Not Always  

Is inflation always a negative? Mari was interviewed by  journalist Kimberly Lankford for an article on Yahoo Finance about how inflation can actually be a plus for your finances.   Inflation can lead to higher Social Security payouts, for example, and can push up short-term interest rates, like those that govern how much you can earn on your bank and […]

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Quote Of The Week: Record Job Mismatch

“Though the job market is strong right now for highly paid professionals and low-wage service workers alike, not everyone can find a match for their skills, experience or location, creating a paradox of relatively high unemployment combined with record job openings.” Lauren Weber, “Many Jobs Lost During the Coronavirus Pandemic Just Aren’t Coming Back,” The Wall Street […]

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2nd Quarter Investment Commentary – Blistering Rebound Pushes Stocks Higher

Tailwinds push stock to new highs There is a lot to be happy about, as U.S. stocks finished a strong 2nd quarter at new highs. The benchmark S&P 500 index advanced 8.55% in the second quarter to close up 15.25% year-to-date.¹ Those double-digit gains reflect a powerful economic rebound propelled by consumers rushing to shop, […]

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How To Protect Your Nest Egg From Inflation

Thank you again to CNN’s Jeanne Sahadi for the chance to talk about how to protect your nest egg from inflation and why there is no age at which you can say, “I don’t need growth.” Today’s budding inflation fears remind us how a well-designed portfolio can help protect us from the effects of rising […]

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Quote Of The Week: Explaining The Impact Of Inflation To Clients

“By failing to adequately explain how inflation, compounded over time, significantly reduces spending power, we leave people vulnerable to the false assumption that the income they have today will still be adequate in 10 or 20 years. This is especially dangerous for people living on fixed incomes.” Sarah Newcomb, behavioral economist at Morningstar, “Explaining inflation […]

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Does Gold Really Hedge Inflation?

It’s not your imagination. Prices are going up. You may have heard that inflation numbers came in hotter than expected last month. The Federal Reserve maintains that inflation is “transitory,” meaning it concedes that prices are going up as the economy rebounds after COVID, but does not believe that those price hikes will be repeated […]

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Inflation Just Hit 4.2%. Should You Be Worried?

Recently released year-over-year inflation readings were red-hot, with the consumer price index rising 4.2% over the past 12 months. Should you be worried, or is inflation just a transitory phenomenon, as the Federal Reserve claims? Tune in to hear Mercer Advisors Chief Investment Officer Donald Calcagni break down the inflation results and provide context into […]

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Bottoms Up: Investing In Rare Whiskey, Designer Handbags, And Classic Cars

You already know that residential real estate and the stock market have racked up solid price gains over the past year, but they are far from topping the investment charts. Luxury goods like art, classic cars, and fine wine have set even more ambitious price records, despite the uncertainty caused by the pandemic. In 2020, […]

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