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Monthly Economic Update

U.S. Markets A succession of robust economic reports and a healthy start to the corporate earnings season helped spark an April rally on Wall Street. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 2.71 percent while the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Index picked up 5.24 percent. The Nasdaq Composite led, climbing 5.40 percent.[1] Signs of Recovery […]

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Retirement In Sight: Are Your Federal Income Taxes Due in May? Maybe, Maybe Not

Are Your Federal Income Taxes Due in May? Maybe, Maybe Not In March, the IRS announced that it was pushing the deadline for 2020 federal tax returns ahead to Monday, May 17. This extended due date does not apply to all individual taxpayers, though. For example, if you live in Texas, Oklahoma, or Louisiana, you […]

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Monthly Economic Update

U.S. Markets Improved economic conditions and broadened vaccine programs ignited a broad stock market rally in March, though rising treasury yields dragged on technology and high-growth stocks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average led, picking up 6.62 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose 4.24 percent while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite added 0.41 percent.[1] Bonds […]

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Retirement In Sight: Need Cash? Avoid Tapping into Your Retirement Account

Need Cash? Avoid Tapping into Your Retirement Account Imagine if your 35-year-old self magically appeared in front of you one day and asked for a percentage of your retirement savings or a bit of your retirement income. While this would never happen, something financially analogous happens in the lives of too many people. They withdraw […]

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Monthly Economic Update

U.S. Markets Stocks notched a solid gain in February thanks to growing optimism surrounding the economic recovery and decreasing number of COVID-19 infections. The Dow Jones Industrial Average led, picking up 3.17 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose 2.61 percent, while the Nasdaq Composite added 0.93 percent.[1] Singular Focus Investors focused on fundamentals […]

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Retirement In Sight: Evaluating an Opportunity for an Early Retirement

Evaluating an Opportunity for an Early Retirement The pandemic has hastened the retirement of some baby boomers, and the linked furloughs and layoffs in many industries have led others to wonder if a retirement transition might come sooner than they think. Buyouts became common last year as businesses cut costs. What if you receive one […]

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Monthly Economic Update

U.S. Markets Stocks were mixed in January, giving up much of the month’s gains in the final days of trading, as unprecedented activity in a handful of companies roiled markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 2.04 percent and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell 1.11 percent. By contrast, the Nasdaq Composite gained 1.42 […]

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Retirement In Sight: To Retire, or Not to Retire?

To Retire, or Not to Retire? For some of us, the coronavirus pandemic has complicated the question of when to retire. As Yahoo! Finance reports, a Harris Poll study conducted this past summer found that 25% of Gen Xers and 14% of baby boomers think they will retire later than they planned because of the […]

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Monthly Economic Update

U.S. Markets A tumultuous year ended on a positive note as stocks rose in December, spurred by the rollout of multiple COVID-19 vaccines and the signing of a new fiscal relief bill. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which lagged all year, picked up 3.27 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index gained 3.71 percent, and […]

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Retirement In Sight: This Year, There Is More Incentive to Give

This Year, There Is More Incentive to Givet When the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act became law in March, it broadened charitable tax deduction opportunities. These special 2020 tax provisions are worth reviewing before they expire on December 31, 2020. First and foremost, the CARES Act allows individuals and couples taking the […]

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