2020 normal

Why 2020 was remarkable, yet normal  2020 was a year we will long remember for its remarkable events. We were affected by a global pandemic, a hard shut down of the economy, civil unrest, and one of the more emotionally charged elections in memory. From our investment management perspective, however, 2020 did not present anything…

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tax planning for Joe Biden

Tax planning for a Joe Biden presidency After every presidential election, attention turns to changes the new president wants to make to the tax code and how that may affect financial markets, as well as our clients’ specific financial situations and tax planning. With the results of the Senate still to be determined, uncertainty reigns.…

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How can I protect my portfolio from a post-election drop in stocks? Concerned about how this election will come out? You are not alone. Unfortunately, the prevalence of negative campaigning can add to our angst and uncertainty. Fortunately, market history is clear – trying to maneuver a portfolio based on how an election proceeds and…

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What to expect in a stock market recovery There is an adage in sports, “Pressure is something you feel when you are not prepared.” While preparation does not eliminate all pressure, the sentiment holds truth. It is why coaches run drills and push players in practice. They do not want the pressures of competition to…

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Can I get money from my IRA tax free due to Covid-19? In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the CARES Act changed several IRA and retirement plan rules for people of all ages. The Act allows qualified individuals to take distributions during 2020 of up to $100,000 penalty-free, but not tax-free, from their IRAs or…

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Decision making in the face of uncertainty When markets rise or fall ten percent in a day and your account values oscillate by thousands of dollars along with those shifts, it is easy to become concerned about short term market behavior. Concern would be a perfectly normal reaction. However, what you do with your concern…

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