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Quote Of The Week: The Risk Of Surrendering To Cash

“While it might feel safer going to cash when markets are volatile, cash positions don’t work like they used to. If you went to cash during the 1987 stock-market crash, you were still making 4.75% to 5.5% interest. If you had gone to cash in the dot-com crash you were making around the same—3.5% to […]

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Investing In The U.S. Only? That Could Be A Big Mistake.

Are your top investments only in the U.S.? If you’re a U.S.-based investor, it’s normal to want to concentrate your investments in U.S. companies. After all, that’s where you live and work, and U.S. companies have dominated the international competition over the past few years. But if you invest exclusively in the U.S., or neglect […]

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Chart showing a timeline of bull and bear markets from January 1945 through May 2020 with labels of notable companies that were founded near bear markets. The companies and year they were founded include McDonald’s, 1948; Medtronic, 1949; Hyatt, 1957; Walmart, 1962; Nike, 1964; Airbus, 1970; Starbucks, 1971; Microsoft, 1975; Apple, 1976; Adobe, 1982; AT&T, 1983; Gilead, 1987; Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, 1987; Tesla, 2003; Facebook, 2004; Uber, 2009; and Zoom, 2011. Sources: Capital Group, Standard & Poor’s. As of 5/31/2020. The bear market is considered current as of 5/31/20. In all other periods, bear markets are peak to trough declines of at least 20%. Bull markets are all other periods.

Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Invest During Tough Times

When times are tough, don’t be afraid to invest. Just look at this timeline below showing all the leading companies that got their start during recessionary times (compliments of Capital Group).  

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What Women 50+ Want From Their Financial Advisor

It’s official: Women over fifty know their own mind and aren’t afraid to speak up. When asked during a recent research study what they want from their financial advisor, mid-life women were very clear in spelling out what is on their wish list. Here’s seven key items mid-life women 50+ are looking for from their […]

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Retirement Playbook: How Portfolios Can Bounce Back From Down Markets

It’s easy to get caught up in discouraging economic news, and lose sight of your long-term financial roadmap. That’s why Mari was glad to have a conversation with veteran financial journalist Gail MarksJarvis, writing for Barron’s, about how retirees can stay on track by taking positive steps to protect their portfolios in times of turbulent […]

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Investing For Retirement Income In A Low-Yield World

Guest Blog By Donald Calcagni, CFP®, MST, Chief Investment Officer Mercer Advisors Summary With interest rates at historic lows, investors are wondering how to generate retirement income. Despite low rates, there’s no need for investors to recklessly chase yields in high-risk asset classes. There’s a better way, one that focuses on your lifestyle, your legacy, and your […]

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Quote Of The Week: Cash May Be King, But It Isn’t Earning Anything

“Over the past two months, households have understandably wanted to boost their cash holdings to wait out the unprecedented volatility of the first quarter and the fear of lost wages.” “But while holding cash can be reassuring for households needing to meet short-term obligations, it can be detrimental to investment portfolios when it isn’t earning anything. And with […]

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4 Financial Wellness Tips For Real Estate Professionals

We work with quite a few real estate professionals, and were honored to contribute commentary a few weeks ago to an article in REALTOR® magazine on financial wellness. Like many others, real estate professionals have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The traditional home buying and selling market has been turned on its head […]

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Navigating 5 Key Financial Challenges During COVID-19

Summary If you’ve been financially impacted by COVID-19, there is relief for you and your family. From unemployment benefit extensions to mortgage payment suspensions, here are 5 ways you can access help. 5 Key Financial Challenges During COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic may have peaked in some areas, but we’ve barely begun to deal with the […]

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Breaking News: IRA Withdrawals Are OPTIONAL For 2020

We’re calling clients to get the word out. Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs), those IRA and retirement withdrawals you’re required to take once you turn age 72 (formerly 70½), are now optional for 2020. It’s the government’s way of letting your IRA and retirement accounts recover and catch their breath from the COVID-19 crisis. We discussed […]

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