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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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Financial help from your 401(k) – How the CARES Act helps retirement plan participants

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020, and includes provisions to assist retirement plan participants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, through financial help.   The new law provides distribution and loan relief to participants if you have been diagnosed with coronavirus disease or if you have experienced adverse financial consequences due to the pandemic on account of being quarantined, furloughed, or…

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Video: How to understand and handle market volatility related to the coronavirus

Gain perspective about the confluence of events affecting the markets, including the coronavirus. What are the drivers of current volatility? Where do markets and diversified portfolios stand now? How does this market compare to the many volatile markets in the past? See how bad markets have strong recoveries. See why panic is not an investment strategy. See how an even bigger drop would still leave investors with solid medium-term average…

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Markets react to coronavirus: how to weather the challenges ahead

It’s been a difficult week and a half for investors, as the uncertain trajectory of COVID-19 upset people’s sense of well-being, public health systems and the financial markets. Coronavirus and its economic fallout, coupled with the Saudi/Russia oil tension, have created a unique mix of anxiety that makes markets particularly volatile. No one can predict what will happen over the short term, but we have confidence, based on past experience,…

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How we’re thinking about coronavirus

The public’s concern about coronavirus (COVID-19) is increasing. As is often the case, concerns are frequently magnified by what’s called “negativity bias,” an evolutionary mechanism in the brain to minimize risk. More often than not, people over-react to potential risks. But sometimes the reaction is warranted. Regarding coronavirus, it is too soon to tell how justified these worries are, and the appropriate level of concern at any point in time…

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Q4-2019 Quarterly Context Webinar

What should you be training your brain to do now, given the longest bull-market ever? What are people doing with their better physical state later in life? Where are we in the business cycle now? What is the “Fed pivot” and how are market returns projections changing for the next 10 years? What does “growth recession” mean and is that the new normal? Where does the 2019 market return rank…

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2020 IRS contribution limit updates means you can save more in your retirement plan

You can now save more in your retirement plan! See below for 2020 IRS contribution limit updates, and click the link for IRA account and other updates. 401(k), 403(b), 457 Plan deferral Limit: 2019: $19,000, 2020: $19,500, “Catch-up” Contribution >age 50: 2019: $6,000, 2020: $6,500 Defined Contribution Total Dollar Limit: 2019: $56,000, 2020: $57,000 Highly Compensated Employee definition: 2019: $125,000, 2020: $130,000 Click here for full IRS announcement of 2020…

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Q3-2019 Quarterly Context Webinar

How many generations does it typically take to wipe out family wealth, and what can you do about it? What is the impact of emotional investing on the average investor’s returns? How would the economies of all US 50 states rank if they were countries? How should Fiduciaries evaluate target date funds? Is a CEO economic confidence index up or down? How many months after an inverted yield curve does a…

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