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Monthly Economic Update

U.S. Markets Stock prices powered higher and emboldened investors in November thanks to a series of positive news events. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which has lagged much of the year, led the rally, jumping 11.84 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index tacked on 10.75 percent while the Nasdaq Composite rose 11.80 percent.[1] All […]

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Retirement In Sight: Most Americans Think They Will Work in Retirement

Most Americans Think They Will Work in Retirement A life of leisure? That may not be what retirement looks like for baby boomers and Gen Xers—and in fact, it may not be what they want their retirements to look like. Market research firm Ipsos surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. adults earlier this year and found […]

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Monthly Economic Update

U.S. Markets Inaction on a second American fiscal stimulus bill and a rise in global COVID-19 cases put pressure on stock prices in October. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which has lagged much of the year, dropped 4.61 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index lost 2.77 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite slipped 2.29 percent.[1] […]

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Retirement In Sight: Are Vehicle Costs Blocking the Road to Retirement?

Are Vehicle Costs Blocking the Road to Retirement? Logically, investing tens of thousands of dollars toward retirement may make more sense than adding an equivalent amount of consumer debt here and now. Practically, though, we need a good car or truck, and emotionally, we get a kick out of driving something new. So, we buy […]

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Monthly Economic Update

U.S. Markets Stocks dropped in September as investors worried about stalled fiscal stimulus talks in Washington, the upcoming election, and new coronavirus cases in Europe. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which lagged this year, slipped 2.28 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index lost 3.92 percent and the Nasdaq Composite declined 5.16 percent.[1] Tech Stocks […]

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Retirement In Sight: Could You Retire at 55?

Could You Retire at 55? Suppose you suddenly had to, or the opportunity presented itself. This prospect would not call for disregarding your carefully considered retirement strategy, but it would create some challenges. Social Security, Medicare, and popular retirement accounts were all created with the assumption that Americans would need retirement benefits and sources of […]

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Monthly Economic Update

U.S. Markets Stock prices surged in August as investors cheered positive news of a potential COVID-19 treatment and welcomed a monthlong succession of upbeat economic data. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 7.57 percent, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index climbed 7.01 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite soared 9.59 percent.[1] Solid Foundation The month’s foundation […]

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Monthly Economic Update

U.S. Markets Stock prices rallied in July as further development of a COVID-19 vaccine and better-than-expected corporate financial reports encouraged investors. The S&P 500 gained 5.5 percent, while the Nasdaq Composite picked up 6.8 percent. The Dow Industrial Average, which has lagged much of the year, rose 2.4 percent.[1] Confident Investors Stock prices started the […]

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Retirement In Sight: Figuring Out When to Start Your Second Act

Figuring Out When to Start Your Second Act Many Gen Xers and baby boomers look forward to retiring on their terms. In such a circumstance, a key question becomes when to walk away from work. According to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, the average retirement age is now 65 for men and […]

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Retirement In Sight: Has the Pandemic Affected the Retirement Mind-set?

Has the Pandemic Affected the Retirement Mind-set? Each year, the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies surveys baby boomers, Gen Xers, and millennials to gauge their perceptions about retiring. The 2020 survey, conducted in April, studied the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it may have affected their outlooks. Overall, 53% of respondents said that […]

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