How to think about inflation and investments

How to think about inflation and investments

4 months ago 0 134

There has been a lot of talk lately about inflation, in great part because inflation has been so low for so long, but recently had a small spike.  Unfortunately, when inflation is low, investors tend to forget it is a “sleeper risk,” gradually eroding their purchasing power and lowering after-inflation returns. Below are thoughts to consider. Why does monetary policy matter when it comes to inflation? Historically, periods of major…

Q121 Quarterly Context Video

6 months ago 0 136

Vaccines picked up speed but are hitting some bumps, spring fever and more spending is in the air, all of that and big stimulus is causing markets to continue to defy the pandemic, but diversification still matters. See a dynamic video showing how the top-10 stocks in the S&P 500 has changed over last 20 years (hint.. a lot!). Learn how interest rate increases can hurt bond returns. See a…

Save more in 2021: 6 opportunities for midlife professionals and business owners

8 months ago 0 528

As you reach certain midlife milestones, you gain opportunities to save more money, whether through tax-deferred vehicles or identifying key expenses where you may be overpaying.  Business owners also have a chance to bounce back from what may have been a slower year in 2020 with some favorable tax rules.  Which of these options can you take advantage of this year? Delay tax payments Business owners who had a down…

Gen X insurance: how to put proper midlife protections in place

10 months ago 0 233

If you’re a Gen X-er, it’s likely your life is starting to look very different than it did in your early years when you were just beginning your career and starting a family.  Now you’ve made significant headway in your career, earn a higher income, and have amassed significantly more wealth. Your children may be approaching the age where they can begin driving or they’re getting ready for college. You may also have…

Inflation’s effect on 2021 retirement contribution limits

10 months ago 0 362

The IRS released the dollar limits for 2021 qualified retirement plan contributions.  For 2021, employees’ and owners’ ability to defer compensation and invest for their future remains about the same as 2020. Because of low inflation, most of the common contribution levels were left unchanged, with defined contribution total dollar amounts (from employee and employer contributions combined) increasing by only $1,000. Although individual contribution levels have not increased, super savers ,who focus…

Create your own Blue Dot to experience Blue Zone benefits

1 year ago 0 362

  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 rationale for investment manager changes

1 year ago 0 306

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…

Drawing from experience to navigate uncertainty

1 year ago 0 279

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…