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Look for Big Cost-of-Living Jump in Your Social Security Benefits for 2022

The official numbers aren’t out yet but you can look for a big cost-of-living hike in your Social Security benefits for 2022. The increase is designed to help your benefits keep up with inflation. Word on the street says your monthly benefits will jump by 6.2% or perhaps even more starting next January. That would […]

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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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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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The Stimulus Package, Inflation and Gold

The Stimulus Package, Inflation and Gold

Guest Blog By Donald Calcagni, CFP®, MST Chief Investment Officer Mercer Advisors Summary To combat the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress approved earlier this year the largest fiscal stimulus package in U.S. history to provide relief for the economy and businesses. The total price tag for the package is in the neighborhood of $6 trillion […]

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Investors Holding High Amounts of Cash: They’re “Safe” But Losing Ground to Inflation

Investors aren’t quite sure what they fear the most: inflation or the market. A full 60% of investors claim to be worried about inflation, and 72% say it’s important to protect their portfolio against the effects of inflation. Yet, baby boomer investors surveyed by MFS Investment Management are holding, on average, a whopping 26% of their portfolios in cash, even […]

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Will Your Portfolio Income Grow With You?

Will Your Portfolio Income Grow With You?

Everyone knows how low interest rates are right now.  That’s why we urge investors to look beyond government bonds and CDs if they need to earn a decent amount of income.  Here’s a dramatic illustration of how your income stream would have withered away if you chose to invest only in government bonds over the course of a […]

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