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Day to Day Financial Management – Elder Care Series

Thursday, October 15, 2020

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This is our next article in a series about how to plan and care for our aging loved ones. In this piece, we discuss the potential day to day financial management assistance our parents, or aging loved ones, may need as they age. Below are questions we use with our clients to help guide discussions and provide advice. What are their sources of income? The easiest place to start here is with their tax return. The tax return tells all. We can quickly look at social security, pensions, what accounts are generating interest, dividends, capital gains, IRA distributions, etc. What…

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Monthly Market Update for September 2020

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

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Please find the next blog in our monthly series that provides a review of the prior month’s market data, the state of the economy, and the global financial markets. Global Economy: The US economy continues to rebound from the pandemic-induced recession but faces a new hurdle as Commerce Department figures show personal income falling with the expiration of government aid. Countries around the world continue to grapple with increasing case counts and new lockdowns. Fed policy is likely to remain accommodative for the foreseeable future, but new fiscal support remains elusive as Congress has failed to reach an agreement. Controlling…

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2020: An Election Year Like No Other

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

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Is History Any Guide?  We find ourselves in the fall of 2020 preparing for a general election with a historically unique set of circumstances: a global pandemic, an economic recession, the fastest equity market correction (and subsequent recovery) on record, multiple natural disasters, and social unrest. And if that wasn’t enough, we face the potential for a contested election outcome, which could add to market volatility through year end. Can history be of any use in such a year?  While no previous election year contains all of these same variables, we can find some insights by examining the individual effect…

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Monthly Market Update for August 2020

Thursday, September 17, 2020

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Please find the next blog in our monthly series that provides a review of the prior month’s market data, the state of the economy, and the global financial markets. Global Economy: The pace of recovery has slowed over the summer with an increase in infections, but high-frequency economic data continues to show growth. While the US has managed to reduce its daily case count from the July peak, Europe now faces a virus resurgence brought on by easing restrictions and summer travel. Fed policy is likely to remain accommodative for the foreseeable future, but new fiscal support remains elusive as…

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September 16 FOMC Summary

Thursday, September 17, 2020

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Rates In its last scheduled meeting before the US presidential election, the FOMC voted to keep the Fed Funds target rate unchanged within the 0.00% to 0.25% range. This outcome was widely expected. Two members of the committee voted against the decision on the basis of differences with longer-term policy plans. The forward guidance on monetary policy indicated strong support within the committee for maintaining the current target range through 2023. Inflation The statement added language reflecting Chairman Powell’s announcement in late August that the Fed would transition to an average inflation targeting methodology with respect to its 2% inflation…

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Monthly Market Update for July 2020

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

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Please find the next blog in our monthly series that provides a review of the prior month’s market data, the state of the economy, and the global financial markets. Global Economy: Economic data is reflecting a slowdown in the pace of recovery following an increase in US virus cases and a fall in consumer confidence. Cases of the disease continue to surge in many countries, including regions which had shown success in suppressing initial outbreaks. The bull case rests on the efficacy of fiscal and monetary policy support, the economic recovery regaining momentum, the avoidance of further “second wave” infections,…

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July 29th FOMC Follow-Up

Thursday, July 30, 2020

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Summary of the Fed’s Statement: As expected, rates were held steady and the Fed reaffirmed its dovish forward guidance. The statement was largely unchanged from the June edition, acknowledging the pick-up in economic activity but noting “The path of the economy will depend significantly on the course of the virus.” Powell repeated this point in his post-statement press conference, pointing to high-frequency data which indicated slowing growth as virus cases spike. The Fed will continue QE asset purchases of Treasury and mortgage bonds at least at the current pace. Notably, Fed officials did not adopt forward guidance linking any future…

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US vs. Non-US: Why Diversify?

Thursday, July 16, 2020

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Background 2019 closed out another year of US equity (S&P 500) outperformance vs. its non-US counterpart, (MSCI ACWI ex US). In fact, the S&P 500 has outperformed the MSCI ACWI ex US index in eight of the last ten calendar years. This persistence may lead investors to question the relevance of maintaining a globally diversified equity portfolio. Notwithstanding this recent US outperformance, there are multiple factors to consider, including similar extended periods of non-US equity outperformance in the past, differences in sector compositions within the indexes, the impact of the US dollar, and narrow leadership within the US markets. Recent…

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Monthly Market Update for June 2020

Thursday, July 16, 2020

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Please find the next blog in our monthly series that provides a review of the prior month’s market data, the state of the economy, and the global financial markets. Global Economy: Economic data is reflecting a recovery from the pandemic lows, supporting continued risk-asset strength. Nonetheless global optimism may be fading. With virus cases still rising in many regions worldwide, including a significant growth in the US, volatility re-emerged in June. The bull case rests on the efficacy of fiscal and monetary policy support, the economic recovery maintaining momentum, the avoidance of further “second wave” infections, and the ability of…

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Emotional and Social Estate Planning

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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This is our next blog in a series about how to plan and care for our aging loved ones. In this article we discuss the emotional and social aspects of our capital and the legacy we wish to pass onto future generations. Our clients and their parents have spent most of their life accumulating wealth and want to retain as much as possible to pass onto future generations in a tax efficient manner. When one hears estate planning, this is generally what they think of – the financial side. We obviously know the importance and spend a good amount of…

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