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Try the Bucket Approach

Try the Bucket Approach

Constructing a retirement plan this way may help you ride through a bear market in retirement. Stocks sometimes retreat. That reality can be overlooked in a long bull market. Bear markets do appear, and a deep downturn could force you to sell securities in retirement, so you can pay for necessary expenses. Right now, you…

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Growth Report – Monday, February 19, 2018

Growth Report – Monday, February 19, 2018

INFLATION SUDDENLY INTENSIFIES The Consumer Price Index rose 0.5% in January, its greatest month-over-month advance since January 2017. Core inflation (minus food and energy prices) increased 0.3%, marking the largest monthly gain in almost 13 years.1 RETAIL SALES PACE SLOWS Contradicting perceptions that the economy might be overheating, retail purchases fell 0.3% in January. Minus…

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Oh No, The Dow Dropped!

Oh No, The Dow Dropped!

Last Monday’s plunge was hardly the disaster that some media outlets claimed. On February 5, the Dow Jones Industrial Average took an unprecedented fall. The benchmark dropped 1,175 points, and it was down 1,500 points at one moment during the trading day.1,2 Last Monday’s Dow loss was severe, but not as catastrophic as certain headlines…

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Growth Report – Monday, February 12, 2018

Growth Report – Monday, February 12, 2018

WALL STREET SEES ITS FIRST CORRECTION SINCE 2016 On Friday, the S&P 500 settled at 2,619.55, down 5.16% for the week. Thursday, it entered correction territory just nine days after its January 26 record close. The Dow Jones Industrial Average made even bigger headlines last week by taking two 1,000-point drops within four days, the…

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Growth Report – Monday, February 5, 2018

Growth Report – Monday, February 5, 2018

WAGE GROWTH PICKS UP AT LAST In January, average hourly pay was 2.9% higher than it was a year earlier. That was the key takeaway from the Department of Labor’s latest jobs report, which noted the addition of 200,000 net new workers last month. In January, the headline unemployment rate stayed at 4.1%; the broader…

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The Importance of the Uniform Prudent Investor Act

The Importance of the Uniform Prudent Investor Act

What is it, and why does it matter to trustors, trustees, and beneficiaries? In the 1990s, the Uniform Prudent Investor Act (UPIA) established primary fiduciary and financial responsibilities for trustees, based on principles of judiciousness, trustworthiness, and objectivity. Any trustee should be prepared to be held to its standards.1 The roots of the UPIA go back…

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How the Tax Reforms Will Take Effect

How the Tax Reforms Will Take Effect

Some of the impact of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act will be felt later than January 1. President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act into law on December 22, and on January 1, some key details of the Internal Revenue Code will abruptly change.1 There will be night-and-day change, both figuratively…

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Growth Report – Monday, January 29, 2018

Growth Report – Monday, January 29, 2018

THE ECONOMY EXPANDED 2.6% in Q4 The Department of Commerce’s first estimate of fourth-quarter gross domestic product was 0.6% below the Q3 number, but still well above the 2.1% rate the nation has averaged in the recovery from the Great Recession. America saw 2.3% economic growth in 2017, according to the report.1 HOME SALES RETREATED…

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Why Regular Rebalancing Makes Sense

Why Regular Rebalancing Makes Sense

Your investment portfolio may be off-kilter, and you may not even know it. Some investors stick with the same asset allocation in their investment portfolios (and retirement accounts) for decades: they “set it and forget it.” The longer the initial (target) asset allocation goes unreviewed, the greater the potential divergence between the target allocation and…

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Growth Report – Monday, January 22, 2018

Growth Report – Monday, January 22, 2018

CONSUMER SENTIMENT READING COOLS The initial January University of Michigan consumer sentiment index came in at 94.4 last week, 1.5 points beneath its final reading of 2017 and 4.1 points under its level of one year ago. Without prompting, 34% of respondents to the latest UMich survey brought up the subject of the recent federal…

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