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Responsible Investing Options Keep Sprouting

By Marketing | Mar 18, 2019

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. RI used to suffer under the guise of a do-good passion project or something…

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2019 Market Prognostications: What The Experts Say

By Marketing | Mar 11, 2019

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 was a significant phenomenon that hasn’t occurred…

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Tax Update

By Marketing | Mar 4, 2019

Tax season is upon us, and it’s time to figure out if and how changes brought by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will affect you. Bear in mind that adjustments have been made in each of these areas: Individual tax income brackets and tax rates Standard deduction (doubled) Personal exemptions (eliminated) Child credit (increased)…

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Stability Grows For Emerging Markets

By Marketing | Feb 25, 2019

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 of debt were once staples…

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Customers Withdraw from In-Person Banking

By Marketing | Feb 18, 2019

A changing society has changed some of the ways customers and banks interact. For example, early efforts by brick-and-mortar banks to cut costs by promoting online transactions and electronic statements gave way to a new wave of competition from internet-based banks. This also severed some of the close relationships longtime customers enjoyed with familiar tellers…

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Decreasing Benefits Contribute To Retiree Bankruptcy

By Marketing | Feb 11, 2019

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 Management found that only 19…

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Life Cycle Financial Planning

By Marketing | Jan 21, 2019

How do you judge how well your investment plan is doing? Do you compare its annual performance to similar benchmarks? Do you have a specific target you want to reach before retirement? Or, are you more concerned with how your overall financial strategy will provide for your daily, monthly and annual expenses throughout retirement? Some…

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Social Security Updates

By Marketing | Jan 14, 2019

Good news for retirees: Social Security benefits are scheduled to increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the biggest bump since the 3.6 percent increase in 2012. The average beneficiary – who received about $1,405 a month in 2018 – can expect to see just over $39 more each month, or about $468 more over the course…

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Health Care Costs a Top Concern in Retirement

By Marketing | Jan 14, 2019

Living to a ripe old age brings with it many milestones and memories. Unfortunately, it also can come with significant medical expenses. The longer we live, the more likely we are to incur them. A recent survey of affluent, older adults conducted by the Nationwide Retirement Institute revealed 64 percent are “terrified” that significant health…

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