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Weekly Market Commentary

Market Recap Week ending 8/16/19 -Darren Leavitt, CFA A volatile week of trading entertained investors as uncertainty around trade, and an inverted yield curve stoked fears of an impending recession.  The major US equity indices ended the week with losses; however,...

THE SKINNY ON DC PLANS

By Ian Berger, JD IRA Analyst You may know that you participate in a DC retirement plan. But what exactly does that mean? (Hint: It doesn’t mean that your plan is sponsored by the District of Columbia.) “DC” actually stands for “defined contribution” plan. Defined...

BANKRUPTCY: FAIL TO PLAN? PLAN TO FAIL

By Andy Ives, CFP®, AIF® IRA Analyst Just as IRA and 401(k) plans have different levels of bankruptcy protection, so too do other possessions. Whether these assets are qualified or not, there are ways to shield oneself from creditors. Case in point – in order to...

Weekly Market Commentary

Market Recap Week ending 8/9/19 -Darren Leavitt, CFA It was a turbulent week for investors as uncertainty on trade escalated between the US and China.  Markets started the week deep in the red with the worst single-day performance of the year on news that the Chinese...

7 COMMON QUESTIONS ON THE SECURE ACT

By Sarah Brenner, JD IRA Analyst The Setting Every Community Up For Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act recently passed the House of Representatives by a large margin. It is currently stalled in the Senate. This bill includes a multitude of provisions that would...

LESSENING THE HARDSHIP

By Ian Berger, JD IRA Analyst Participating in a company plan, like a 401(k) or 403(b) plan, is a great way to save for retirement. But to make sure that employees don’t use those plans as checking accounts, Congress has imposed limits on when you can withdraw your...

Why healthy clients need to save more for retirement

Tax-free health savings accounts, Roth IRAs, insurance and annuities can help cover retirees’ future health-care costs Here’s a counterintuitive thought: Healthy clients are likely to have higher medical costs in retirement than their less-healthy...

Weekly Market Commentary

August 5th, 2019 Stock Market Selloff Deepens After Fed Remarks and Trade Negotiation Setback As of this writing, stock markets around the globe are taking a beating. The selloff began on Wednesday of last week in response to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s...

USING NUA FOR AN RMD – 3 STEPS

By Andy Ives, CFP®, AIF® IRA Analyst Many company retirement plans – like a 401(k) – offer company stock as an investment option. Under special tax rules, a plan participant can withdraw the stock and pay regular (ordinary) income tax on it, but only on the original...

2019 Mid-Year Review, Outlook and Expectations

US Consumer – Still Strong, Best is Behind Us Expected to contribute 1.5% (solid) of GDP growth, chugging along at 2%ish spending clip Nothing related to the consumer on the horizon that would force the Fed’s hand one way or the other. From the consumer standpoint, it...

SHOULD YOU LEAVE YOUR IRA TO A TRUST?

By Sarah Brenner, JD IRA Analyst You may wonder about naming your trust as your IRA beneficiary. For some that may be the way to go, but you should be careful. Trusts are not for everyone. There are trade-offs and consequences. Trusts as IRA beneficiaries create...

Health Care For Elderly Seniors: Can Annuities Help Cover the Costs?

America’s senior citizens have their backs to the wall financially a new study confirms. Professor John Pottow, a law professor at the University of Michigan, reports that the rate of United States (U.S.) seniors entering into bankruptcy is on the rise. Pottow’s study...

Weekly Market Commentary

Market Recap for the week ending 7/26/2019 -Darren Leavitt, CFA It was an upbeat market last week as investors continued to applaud the majority of earnings results.  A better than expected print on 2nd quarter GDP also aided the positive sentiment.  Markets were also...

GOING SOLO

By Ian Berger, JD IRA Analyst Sometimes it pays to go solo. For self-employed individuals looking to maximize their nest egg, a solo 401(k) plan — also known as an “individual 401(k)” or a “uni-k” — may be a better choice than a SIMPLE or SEP IRA. Who Can...

USING RETIREMENT DOLLARS WITHIN THE 60-DAY ROLLOVER WINDOW

By Andy Ives, CFP®, AIF® IRA Analyst By the look of everyone’s Facebook and Instagram photos, it appears we are all flying Gulfstream jets around the world, relaxing on far-away beaches and lighting Cuban cigars with twisted-up $100-dollar bills. Is the economy really...