Does The Market Care About Your Feelings?

Since the 1970s, economists have measured how consumers are feeling about the financial environment, by asking five questions. How would you answer these today if they were asked of you?:

 

  • “Would you say that you (and your family living there) are better off or worse off financially than you were a year ago?

 

  • Now looking ahead–do you think that a year from now you (and your family living there) will be better off financially, or worse off, or just about the same as now?

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6 Possible Revisions Coming For Retirement Savers

A few weeks ago, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed (with a vote of 414-5) the “Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2022” (also known as the SECURE Act 2.0). Although the Senate is supposed to take up a version of its own bill soon, and this is not law yet, we do expect some version of this bill to be passed by year-end.

At 139 pages in length, you have many more exciting things to do with your time. So we thought we’d emphasize the six most relevant changes that would impact most clients:

 

One: Pushing back the starting age for Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) again > SEE MORE

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Geopolitical Tensions and Your Portfolio

It’s quite an understatement to say that it has been hard to watch the atrocities in Ukraine, as Russia continues to invade them. This is undoubtedly one of the most significant geopolitical events in decades. As we reflect on the news, we are primarily concerned about the countless innocent lives that will be impacted by this war. Our thoughts and prayers go out to any of you that have friends, family, or loved ones in the region.

 

As we look at the financial impacts, Geopolitical events like military or economic conflicts can affect stock markets in many ways. > SEE MORE

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Does Money = Happiness?

Any new year is often a time to reflect on what’s important to you. Financial and investment planning is obviously money-focused. But I’ve been thinking about my client conversations over the years and how the focus of those conversations really are about the things that bring you happiness. Is it the money that does it? Or is it what that money affords us? And at what points do we have enough?

 

 

Eighteenth-century Swiss philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau said, “The money you have gives you freedom; the money you pursue enslaves you.” He clearly believed that money alone can’t guarantee our happiness, and many other philosophers, business moguls, and philanthropists both before and after his time would agree.

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Six Things to Think About for Year-End 2021

With yesterday’s 72 degree day (here in Maryland) behind us and today’s 40-ish degrees setting in, it’s a fierce reminder that winter is coming; and that means another calendar year is coming to a close. That said, there’s still time to warm up that financial plan and position yourself to finish out the year well.

With that in mind, we thought it would be helpful to send along six financial “best practices” to do just that:

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