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Q3-2020 Quarterly Context Webinar

Interesting contradictions between the economy and markets, Wall St. and Main St. remain… Wobbly economy but stocks, and gold and COVID-19 cases keep going up, while stimulation is high from rates remaining addictively rock-bottom low. How long is the recession expected to last? What impact will elections have on markets, and what has the historical impact been? The GDP annualization whip-saw. FAAANM (big tech) stocks’ increasing influence on markets and…

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Q2-2020 Quarterly Context Webinar

Where is the space between what matters and what you can control? How much did the market bounce back after the tough first coronavirus quarter? How is the disconnect between the weak economy and the market rebounding? What is the danger of over-confidence? Spending is down, savings are up. Will the coronavirus economy look more like the great depression or that of the Spanish Flu? Why do GDP numbers look…

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Create your own Blue Dot to experience Blue Zone benefits

What if you had the recipe of life choices that could help you live longer, healthier, and happier? That is exactly what studies show happens in “Blue Zones,” parts of the world with unusually high numbers of happy centenarians. If you don’t live in a Blue Zone, you do not have to move.  You can strive to create your own Blue Dot right where you are.  Read on for some of the…

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An opportunity within a crisis within a crisis within a crisis

In this time of national stress, the global coronavirus pandemic and the economy have taken a back seat to the centuries-old and often ignored and re-opened wounds of the Black community. Individuals, companies and other institutions have a new opportunity to listen and create a better path. We stand in support of equality and dignity WealthStep condemns racism and discrimination and stands in support of equality and dignity for all…

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The rationale for investment manager changes

Sometimes, WealthStep needs to change the investments (i.e. mutual funds) held within 401k plan portfolios, or WealthStep Direct (for individual investors outside of retirement plans) portfolios. Rebalancing and tax loss harvesting for taxable portfolios are ways to keep portfolios’ allocation in check and lower tax bills, but what happens when a specific investment manager of a mutual fund or other vehicles needs a change? How does WealthStep decide when to…

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Q1-2020 Quarterly Context Webinar

How did coronavirus affect the markets as a wet blanket? How does the coronavirus stock market compare to another virus period? What’s next? Big government rescue packages. What caused the 1-year numbers to be only mildly negative? Why was the broad bond market also negative in March? What should you focus on now? The virus “corner” and markets. How diversified portfolios have fared. Is the market still above average for…

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Drawing from experience to navigate uncertainty

These past several weeks are a good reminder of the value of humility in facing something not seen before. There potential economic implications of COVID-19 are significant, and there are learnings from past crises, even if they were different. Back to basics It is very difficult, but especially important, to rely on fundamentals at times like this. The disruption that COVID-19 brought forces all people to get back to basics…

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Volatility, Optimism, and Q1 Market Details

There’s no question we’re all living in unsettled times. Global citizens and the world economy are under stress, and uncertainty is heightened in all aspects of our lives. People are worried about their health, and that of family, friends, neighbors. Some have temporarily or permanently lost jobs or taken a hit to their income. Leaders of many companies are forced to make difficult decisions. Social distancing is impacting the human…

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