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We Might Be Here For A While

Drew O’Neil discusses fixed income market conditions and offers insight for bond investors.

Last summer, the lower bound of the Fed Funds rate was at 2.25%. Six months after that, the Fed had lowered it down to 1.50%, and by March it had fallen to 0.00%. The slow and methodical three year climb of the Fed Funds Rate from 0.00% that started in December of 2015 was undone in a matter of months, just as we were getting used to relatively decent returns on money markets and other short-term investment options. Now here we are back at 0.00% on the Fed funds and money market yields south of 0.15%. Just because the world was a very different place just 6 months ago (in terms of both pandemics and interest rates), doesn’t mean that interest rates will return to their pre-pandemic levels any time soon. There is a good chance that 0.00% Fed Funds will be around much longer than the pandemic.

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4 Priceless Money Lessons for Kids

Financial literacy is a gift that lasts a lifetime.

Financial tradeoffs, interest rates and the importance of having an emergency fund: Our current economic circumstances are full of teachable moments we can and should share with our children. After all, they’re probably not learning these topics in school. Only 1 in 6 students will be required to take a personal finance course before earning a high school diploma, according to nonprofit Next Gen Personal Finance.

That’s why we’re equipping you with money tips and topics to discuss with the children in your life, plus independent study materials (ahem, videos and games) that will hold kids’ attention while teaching them money management. Keep reading to get to the head of the class.

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How to Help Mitigate the Negative Impacts of Market Swings

Review how to better prepare your portfolio for a downturn – and how to potentially take advantage of one when it occurs.

Market volatility is an inevitable part of investing. And it’s understandable that tumultuous times will likely trigger emotional responses to match.

But it’s important to remember to take a deep breath, focus on your long-term financial plan, and consult with a trusted professional – one who has seen an unpredictable market or two and the subsequent recoveries.

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6 Key SECURE Act Takeaways for Individual Investors

January 23, 2020

Review key changes that may affect your retirement and estate planning.

Passed in December, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019 has wide-reaching impacts on retirement savings and estate planning for many Americans.

Review some of the new law’s key components below. Your advisor can help provide more detail and recommend adjustments to your retirement and estate plans, if warranted.

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Laying the Groundwork for Tax Season

January 10, 2020

Smart moves at the beginning of tax season can help get your financial house in order.

Contrary to popular belief, tax planning isn’t limited to the months between year-end and April 15. In fact, smart tax planning goes beyond deductions and credits and should be incorporated throughout the year. As Americans prepare to file their returns, let’s take a look at what we should be thinking about for tax season and beyond.

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Benefit from Your Birthdays

The road to and through retirement is dotted with time-sensitive financial planning milestones.

January 23, 2018

Not all birthdays are about a driver’s license, getting to vote or toasting with a glass of wine. Some are important to your comfort in retirement, too. No matter who you are, the years leading up to and during retirement contain a number of key financial planning opportunities worth capitalizing on. You and your spouse may hit these dates at different times, so be sure to coordinate before making any decisions.

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