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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Why rebalancing your portfolio in the midst of crisis is essential for long term success

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the term rebalancing now extends past investment portfolios as we all rebalance our lives around staying at home, creatively social distancing, and protecting our health. It is a rebalancing act that people did not anticipate; we’re all learning lessons that will linger on once this crisis is behind us. The rebalancing that WealthStep does for 401k plans and “WealthStep Direct” individual clients, however, is…

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The CARES Act: help for individuals and small businesses

  As we adjust to the effects of COVID-19 in our lives, stimulus package passed by Congress on March 27th may help individuals and small businesses. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, as well as previously announced tax filing relief, should help with business and personal cash flows and provide economic stimulus. In addition, prior action by the Federal Reserve to reduce interest rates and provide liquidity…

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In or starting a small business? Explore the Paycheck Protection Program starting 4/3/20, and other programs

To help businesses survive the coronavirus economy, the government is providing support. If are in or run a small business adversely affected by the coronavirus directly or indirectly, explore the recent CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loan, Disaster Loan (& grant) Assistance, or Employee Retention Credit program. The PPP started 4/3/20 for small businesses, and 4/10/20 for sole proprietorships and independent contractors. These programs expects high application volume,…

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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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