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The Future of Retirement Planning

By Ashley.wright@advisorsexcel.com | September 1, 2020 | Comments Off on The Future of Retirement Planning

As of the end of July, the stock market was still performing relatively well and the Federal Reserve had announced no near-term changes to interest rates.1 However, other economic news was not as rosy. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the U.S. economy contracted by nearly a third (32.9% annual rate) in the second…

Is it Time to Go Global?

By Ashley.wright@advisorsexcel.com | August 25, 2020 | Comments Off on Is it Time to Go Global?

Competitive edge is a real factor. Here in the U.S., we boast that capitalism is the key to our success. Unfortunately, that key has gotten a little rusty lately thanks to the rampant spread of COVID-19 throughout the country. Some areas have locked down or experienced slowed economic growth because of safety protocols that prevented…

Midyear Market Outlook from Wealth Managers

By Ashley.wright@advisorsexcel.com | August 18, 2020 | Comments Off on Midyear Market Outlook from Wealth Managers

Lately, the economy has looked as volatile as the stock market: up for a few weeks and then back down again. This is generally attributed to the reopening of the country in early May, followed by what looks to be a gradual and sporadic reclosing due to an upswing in outbreaks of the coronavirus. In…

The Highs and Lows of Dollar-Cost Averaging

By Ashley.wright@advisorsexcel.com | August 11, 2020 | Comments Off on The Highs and Lows of Dollar-Cost Averaging

Investors who defer the same amount of money from their paycheck into a 401(k) plan at regular intervals are practicing dollar-cost averaging. By investing the same fixed dollar amount each time, the investor buys more shares when prices are low and fewer shares when prices rise.1 The long-term effect is that the average cost of…

Recovery: COVID-19 First, Then the Economy

By Ashley.wright@advisorsexcel.com | August 4, 2020 | Comments Off on Recovery: COVID-19 First, Then the Economy

The World Health Organization recently reported that while some countries have made effective inroads to contain COVID-19 within their borders, the pandemic is still well on the rise throughout the world.1 Perhaps one of the most debilitating impacts of today’s global economy is that one country’s problem is now every country’s problem. Because business and…

U.S. Virus Response Compared to the World

By Ashley.wright@advisorsexcel.com | July 28, 2020 | Comments Off on U.S. Virus Response Compared to the World

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a struggle around the world, and the United States is no exception. It is worth looking at individual factors to gauge just where we stand now. The foremost concern is how the U.S. is weathering the pandemic. Initially, the crisis was concentrated in larger urban areas, which makes sense. A…

Prospects for the Automotive Sector

By Ashley.wright@advisorsexcel.com | July 21, 2020 | Comments Off on Prospects for the Automotive Sector

We take a lot for granted, including the condition of the car that sits in our driveway. During the coronavirus pandemic, those cars have been sitting idle much more than usual. That’s not necessary a bad thing. It means we spend less money on gas and maintenance. Also, our risks of having an auto accident…

How Might the Economic Downturn Affect Dividends?

By Ashley.wright@advisorsexcel.com | July 14, 2020 | Comments Off on How Might the Economic Downturn Affect Dividends?

If a large allocation of your retirement portfolio is invested in dividend-paying stocks, you might see your household income reduced this year. During the Great Recession, dividend payouts dropped by 25% and didn’t fully recover for at least four years. Today’s financial crisis brought on by the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak has once again created a…

Social Security Woes

By Ashley.wright@advisorsexcel.com | July 7, 2020 | Comments Off on Social Security Woes

In 2000, actors Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey starred in “Pay It Forward.” The premise of the film is that a person repays a favor by offering small acts of kindness to more people. This concept of paying it forward leads to an exponential movement of goodwill. Social Security works a bit like that. In…

How the Pandemic Is Affecting the Real Estate Market

By Ashley.wright@advisorsexcel.com | June 30, 2020 | Comments Off on How the Pandemic Is Affecting the Real Estate Market

Research has found that over a 150-year period (1870 to 2015), owning a home has proved to be one of the most stable and secure holdings compared to other types of investments. While offering the added benefits of providing shelter and leaving it as a legacy, residential property is generally viewed as a financial asset…

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