The second quarter of 2022 has been challenging, to say the least, for investors as markets responded negatively to shifting interest rates, supply chain snarls, inflationary pressures and geopolitical challenges.
The concern among stock investors is that rising prices, and subsequent actions by the Federal Reserve, will cause a significant slowing of economic growth and potentially a recession.
There is no better way to describe it – 2021 was a historic year for the markets. After more than a decade of inflation running below the Federal Reserve’s stated 2% target level, the trifecta of rising wages, supply-chain disruptions for many goods and trillions of dollars of government largesse combined to push inflation steadily higher as the year progressed.
As the pandemic appeared to be slowing down, the new highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant flared this summer causing a momentum slowdown in the third quarter dampening investor enthusiasm. The list of additional concerns included higher inflation, rising interest rates, lofty equity valuations, supply-chain bottlenecks, Federal Reserve policy changes and the chaos in Washington over President Biden’s two massive stimulus proposals and changes to the tax code to pay for them.
Hard to believe but we’ve made it to the midpoint of the year already! When reflecting on the markets during the first half of 2021, it is important to understand both where we are and where we were at this point last year.
We have all endured the COVID-19 pandemic for over a year now, and the one-year return data is beginning to reflect the significant come back we have witnessed in the stock market. It appears fiscal policy has effectively bridged the income gap between massive job loss in the services sectors and the broad vaccine distribution that has hastened the reopening of the economy.
U.S. stocks turned in a second consecutive quarter of dramatic gains, continuing a historic stock market recovery that few predicted in the depths of the March downturn. The S&P and Nasdaq Composite scored a string of records in the third quarter which has confounded many investors with its sheer velocity and strength.
When this quarter began, the stock market was just beginning to pick itself up from one of the worst
and quickest declines in history. The 34% decline from February 19 to March 23 this year was an
indication of just how weak the economy would be in the second quarter.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed the CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF AND ECONOMIC SECURITY ACT (CARES Act) on March 27, 2020. The bill provides financial aid for individuals and companies. The CARES Act also has provisions allowing access to retirement savings and suspension of required minimum distributions.
The year 2019 began with a strong rally in the stock market and ended in the same impressive manner. Gains were realized across the board as all major asset classes fully participated in this rally making it one of the best years in a great decade for the financial markets. Annual stock returns around 30% erased the memory of a difficult fourth quarter 2018.
A Roth conversion is advantageous if you have a large traditional IRA account, and you expect your future tax bills to either grow or remain at the same level at the time you plan to start withdrawing from your tax-advantaged account.
Tax-advantaged plans such as 401(k)s and college savings plans are everywhere these days, but less well-known are Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) despite the many advantages they offer. In addition, the study also reveals that women have been having fewer children during these past five or six decades. What that means to Baby Boomers (those individuals born between 1946 and 1964) in or near retirement is a potentially smaller support system to help with life guidance and basic care.
During the past half century, the number of married couples in the U.S. has been steady declining. According to a study published in The Gerontologist, approximately one-third of Americans between the ages of 45-63 are currently single. Most of these have never been married, although many were once married but are now divorced.
In addition, the study also reveals that women have been having fewer children during these past five or six decades. What that means to Baby Boomers (those individuals born between 1946 and 1964) in or near retirement is a potentially smaller support system to help with life guidance and basic care.
The trade conflict with the U.S. is starting to impact China’s economic growth. An added element of pressure is the uncertainty around the economic impact of the protests in Hong Kong and more importantly, the Chinese government’s response.
The Pew Research Center estimates that 10,000 baby boomers are expected to turn age 65 each day from now until 2030. If you count yourself among this group—whether you plan on retiring next month or more than a decade down the road—consider these six recommendations to help you prepare for this next stage of your life…
Often it’s the little things in life that can make the biggest difference. That’s true when it comes to saving for retirement. Putting just 1% more into a tax-advantaged retirement account like a 401(k), 403(b), or an IRA could make a noticeable difference in your lifestyle in retirement. Whether you choose to make Roth or traditional contributions, the benefits of saving just a little more now can pay off later.
Retirement planning can be a complicated process – and surveys suggest that most workers haven’t even attempted a guess. But even those who have can overlook some pretty significant factors that can have a dramatic impact on retirement readiness.
No one needs to tell you that you need to save for your future—hopefully, you’re already doing it. After all, no matter your age and how far away retirement is, you want to be able to enjoy retirement and do the things you want without having to worry about money.
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