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Social Security Updates

By Ashley.wright@advisorsexcel.com | November 24, 2020 | Comments Off on Social Security Updates

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced a new cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) starting in 2021. Beneficiaries can expect a 1.3% increase in their income payouts next year, which is actually smaller than the COLA increase was for this year.1 For single households, that’s an average increase of about $20 a month; $33 for married retirees.2…

Let’s Talk About … the 401(k)

By Ashley.wright@advisorsexcel.com | November 17, 2020 | Comments Off on Let’s Talk About … the 401(k)

The 401(k) originally began as a company profit-sharing plan. Companies had been funding defined benefit pensions for years, but as their annual profits and stock prices experienced volatility, they looked for ways to share that burden with employees. Through profit sharing, workers made money when the company did and made less during down years. While…

America’s Need for Better “Infloodstructure”

By Ashley.wright@advisorsexcel.com | November 10, 2020 | Comments Off on America’s Need for Better “Infloodstructure”

In February, Spirit Airlines decided to transfer a portion of its operations from Miramar, Florida, to Nashville, Tennessee. The key driver of this decision was recurring hurricane and tropical storm risk. This means a loss of 240 jobs for the Panhandle area.1 By mid-September of the 2020 hurricane season, mainland U.S. had already been hit…

Fixed Income vs. Stock Portfolio

By Ashley.wright@advisorsexcel.com | November 3, 2020 | Comments Off on Fixed Income vs. Stock Portfolio

Early this year, many stopped spending and began saving money. This wasn’t difficult as many areas of the economy were — and possibly still are — shut down. For some, vacation plans were canceled, and the normal level of entertainment activities and dining out have been curbed. If you’ve remained employed, chances are good you’ve…

Is the Economy Slowly, Silently Sliding?

By Ashley.wright@advisorsexcel.com | October 27, 2020 | Comments Off on Is the Economy Slowly, Silently Sliding?

Prospects for stock market growth have remained resiliently and optimistically cheerful this year, despite the nine-month-long pandemic. Unfortunately, the time may be at hand for a stock market price correction that better reflects the state of the global economy. The lack of ongoing fiscal stimulus which, even if passed, may not feasibly be able to…

How Climate Change Could Affect the Economy

By Ashley.wright@advisorsexcel.com | October 20, 2020 | Comments Off on How Climate Change Could Affect the Economy

Some people believe that climate change is exacerbated by human intervention, while others argue that humans are not a factor. Regardless of what may or may not influence extreme weather events, economists are predicting that the long-term results of climate change could affect more than just our homes and possessions. In fact, the Congressional Budget…

Preparing for Potential Pandemics

By Ashley.wright@advisorsexcel.com | October 13, 2020 | Comments Off on Preparing for Potential Pandemics

If you think the economic decline due to the pandemic has been difficult for you personally, the big picture numbers may be even worse. Analysts project that the total economic disruption could eventually cost between $9 trillion and $33 trillion. Many economists are advocating that the U.S. — and the world — make a concerted…

Federal Legislative and Administrative Rules Update

By Ashley.wright@advisorsexcel.com | October 6, 2020 | Comments Off on Federal Legislative and Administrative Rules Update

If you received a stimulus check last spring to help cope with the financial effects of the COVID-19 virus on your household, there’s something you should know. Those funds are technically an advance rebate of a special 2020 tax credit. Many taxpayers will be able to reconcile that rebate on their 2020 return to equal…

Americans and Their 401(k)s

By Ashley.wright@advisorsexcel.com | September 30, 2020 | Comments Off on Americans and Their 401(k)s

A recent survey found that working households experiencing financial strain due to the pandemic have not been inclined to make withdrawals from their 401(k)s to help make ends meet. In fact, the vast majority haven’t even changed their rate of contributions. Instead, these households are relying on the “old standbys” of surviving during economic decline:…

Financial Advising During a Pandemic

By Ashley.wright@advisorsexcel.com | September 22, 2020 | Comments Off on Financial Advising During a Pandemic

The pandemic has been hard on nearly everyone, and it’s particularly difficult for professionals who normally meet with clients in an office setting. Fortunately, financial advisors have been able to adapt to this “new normal.” Our goal is to be our clients’ trusted advisors. Once that relationship is established, we can work with clients by…

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