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Workplace Trends

By FFG Team | April 2, 2019 |

Workplace Trends It’s common for all types of relationships to experience “power swings” — when one person or entity holds more sway over another, for a wide variety of reasons. We have witnessed this phenomenon recently in the job market.1 Starting during the Great Recession and for several years thereafter, many individuals lost jobs and…

Don’t Leave Your Long-Term Care Plan to Chance

By FFG Team | March 26, 2019 |

Don’t Leave Your Long-Term Care Plan to Chance   According to new research from Genworth, one of the nation’s leading long-term care insurance companies, Americans are both entering caregiver roles and requiring care at younger ages. Among the study’s findings:1   Nearly half of family caregivers now are men The average age of a family…

Women in the Workplace

By FFG Team | March 19, 2019 |

Women in the Workplace People are living longer, which also means more people are working longer, either because they want to stay engaged or they need more time to prepare for a longer retirement. Unfortunately, these trends haven’t made ageism any less prominent. One researcher found careers tend to peak at age 45 for men…

Importance of Airline Industry Continues Ascent

By FFG Team | March 12, 2019 |

Importance of Airline Industry Continues Ascent After all the inconvenience it caused nationwide, it appears the main impetus for ending the federal government shutdown in January was its impact on air travel. On Jan. 25, the FAA began restricting flights into and out of New York’s LaGuardia Airport due to a shortage of air traffic…

2019 Market Prognostications: What the Experts Say

By FFG Team | March 5, 2019 |

2019 Market Prognostications: What the Experts Say  By the end of 2018, not one of the eight asset categories tracked by Ned Davis Research was on track to post a return greater than 5 percent. Since it’s common for the market to yield at least some “winners” and “losers” among asset classes each year, this…

Responsible Investing Options Keep Sprouting

By FFG Team | February 19, 2019 |

Responsible Investing Options Keep Sprouting Nearly $23 trillion of assets worldwide are managed using responsible investing (RI) strategies, a 25 percent increase since 2014, according to the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance. New funds focused on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues have also doubled since 2014.1 RI used to suffer under the guise of a…

Pros and Cons of Municipal Bonds

By FFG Team | February 12, 2019 |

Pros and Cons of Municipal Bonds U.S. stock markets were enjoying an eighth consecutive year of a bull market until volatility toward the end of 2018 erased all of the past year’s gains.1 In times like this, as share prices continue to bounce back and forth on a day-to-day basis, investors close to or in retirement…

Stability Grows for Emerging Markets

By FFG Team | February 5, 2019 |

Stability Grows for Emerging Markets Thirty years ago, developed markets were seen as much more stable than smaller, emerging countries. But as political division and uncertainty permeates the West, the differences have faded, and emerging markets (EM) have shed the high-risk perception that accompanied foreign investment. Sound government situations, conservative monetary policy and lower levels…

Decreasing Benefits Contribute to Retiree Bankruptcy

By FFG Team | January 29, 2019 |

Decreasing Benefits Contribute to Retiree Bankruptcy For most of the 20th century, it was common for employers and unions to sponsor health care insurance for retired workers, which helped pay for some or all of Medicare’s cost-sharing requirements and deductibles. However, this trend reversed sharply in the mid-1990s. A survey by the Society for Human Resource…

Stock Buybacks Explained

By FFG Team | January 22, 2019 |

Stock Buybacks Explained When the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act reduced the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, the hope was companies would spend their influx of money on expansion and increased jobs and wages. Instead, public companies’ most popular way to spend the excess capital has been to buy back…

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