Category: Financial Planning

Has 2020 Volatility Thrown Your Allocation Out of Whack?

The financial markets have been on a wild ride in 2020. The year began with a continuation of the bull market that started in 2009. The longest bull market in history, however, came to an abrupt end with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic.1 From February 20 to March 23, the S&P 500 fell by […]

Fourth Quarter Preview: What to Expect for the End of 2020

It took just under five months for it to happen. On August 17th, the S&P 500 closed at 3389.78—an all-time record. That record is also significant because it means the index officially recouped all losses from the downturn that happened in March.1 This year has been a rollercoaster ride for investors. The S&P 500 dropped […]

COVID Economic Update: Is a Second Stimulus on the Horizon?

As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches into its seventh month, leaders in Washington are debating a second stimulus bill. On August 8, President Trump signed executive orders that extended the federal unemployment benefit, but reduced the amount from $600 per week to $400. The orders also suspended the payroll tax through the end of the year, […]

Are “Penalty-Free” 401k Withdrawals Free?

On March 27, the government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, otherwise known as the CARES Act. The Act had a wide range of provisions to provide Americans and small businesses with economic support during the coronavirus pandemic. The bill provided stimulus payments, enhanced unemployment, and various forms of business loans. One […]

Investing After Retirement: Tips to Protect Your Nest Egg

Saving for retirement can often feel like climbing a mountain. It takes immense planning and discipline to reach the summit – the moment when you can finally retire and leave the working world behind. Much like climbing a mountain, though, the summit isn’t the end of the story. You still have to get back down […]

What’s Next for a COVID-19 Economy?

The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic continues, even as states start to reopen restaurants, retail stores, and other businesses. The crisis brought an end to the bull market that started in 2009 and threatens to usher in a recession.1 What does the future hold for the stock market and the economy? When will the […]

Should You Leave Money in Your 401(k)?

There’s a growing trend among new retirees. With increasing frequency, Americans are choosing to leave their retirement savings. According to data from Fidelity, 55% of workers leave their retirement savings in their former employer’s 401(k) plan for a full year after retirement. That’s up from 45% just four years ago.1 Why are retirees leaving their […]

What in the World is an Investment Policy Statement?

For decades, some of the world’s largest institutional investors have used one tool to guide their decision-making. Mutual funds, educational endowments, defined benefit pensions, and more all use this document to focus on their long-term goals and select only the investments that meet their specific criteria. It’s an investment policy statement (IPS). An IPS isn’t […]

Year in Review: How Did the TSP Options Perform in 2019?

Do you contribute to the thrift savings plan (TSP)? For government workers, the TSP is a powerful savings vehicle. You benefit not only from agency contributions but also from tax-deferred growth. That means you don’t pay taxes on growth as long as the money stays inside the plan. Tax-deferral may help your assets compound at […]

Give Yourself These 3 Retirement Planning Gifts This Holiday Season

Have you finished your holiday shopping? It’s that time of year again. It’s the season to buy gifts for spouses, children, and all the other friends and family who play a meaningful role in your life. This isn’t just the season for giving to others, though. You may also want to think about a gift […]

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