Todd Schanel, CFA, CPA, CFP® and Jackie Goldstick, CFP®

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What To Do About the Coming Inflation (or Deflation)

The annual change in the Consumer Price Index “CPI” exceeded more than 5% for the second month in a row, raising concern that we may be entering an inflationary period. How concerned should investors be? Before we get into that, we should begin with a short primer on what inflation is. Inflation refers to an…

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The 2020 Election and Your Investment Portfolio

With election time now getting closer, we are inundated with opinions and prognostications about not only who will win but what that victory will mean for the markets.  When you couple the uncertainties of the election with the other trials facing our country including, but not limited to, high unemployment, the economic and personal consequences…

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The Economy vs. The Market

The terms “stock market” and “economy” are often used interchangeably, but they are not one in the same.  Perhaps this has never been more evident than over the past several months.  The state of the economy, according to most measures, is bleak, with economic activity contracting, an unemployment rate of more than 10%, and an…

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CARES Act: IRA and Retirement Plan Provisions

There are several provisions in the CARES Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020, that provide flexibility to retirement account owners. In a previous blog post, we discuss the suspension of Minimum Distribution Requirements for 2020.  But perhaps the most significant change to IRAs under the CARES Act was the establishment of…

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Coronavirus and The Stock Market: Q&As From Our Clients

Global markets closed on Monday approximately 30% off of the highs reached just one month ago. The sell-off has been dramatic and breathtakingly swift. We have been getting some great questions from clients, so we thought we might share some of them along with our thoughts in the following Q&A. We hope you find it…

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Our Thoughts on the Coronovirus Sell-Off

Fueled by fears related to the Coronavirus and compounded by a drop in oil prices, the US stock market has exhibited extreme volatility over the past several weeks. While double digit corrections are not unusual, this has been an historically abrupt decline. When you hear about stock market risk, this is it.  It is the…

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