Category: Retirement 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, […]

Is a resurgence threatening our recovery?

The United States set a somber record on Thursday, July 16, 2020, with more than 75,000 new COVID-19 cases. In fact, the U.S. set new single-day COVID-19 records 11 times between June 17 and July 16. Dr. Anthony Fauci predicts the country will soon top over 100,000 new cases each day.1 COVID-related deaths are also […]

August 20, 2020 Retirement Planning

Can You Count on Social Security to Fund Your Retirement?

Social Security is a critical piece of the income puzzle for most retirees. In fact, half of married retirees and nearly 70% of unmarried retirees rely on Social Security for more than 50% of their retirement income.1 Your Social Security benefit amount is based on a few factors, including your career earnings and your age […]

5 Ways to Reduce Your Taxes in Retirement

What are the biggest expenses you’ll face in retirement? Healthcare? Housing? Travel? All of those costs could be significant, but one of the biggest could be taxes. That’s right. Just because you’re done working, doesn’t mean you’re done paying taxes. Many sources of retirement income, like Social Security, pensions, and retirement account distributions, are taxable. […]

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 […]

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