Mkt volatility

How to Handle Stock Market Volatility

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Barring an extraordinary Santa Claus rally in the last week of the year, 2018 stands to be a disappointing year for domestic and international equity markets alike.  Investors have enjoyed an uncharacteristically long bull market rally that has lasted almost a decade, so the recent downward market volatility we have experienced may seem very unsettling to many investors.  It is…

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Retirees will see the largest COLA increase since 2012.

2019 Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment and Retirement Account Limits Announced

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Social Security recipients will receive the largest annual raise in Social Security benefits in seven years when their monthly checks increase by 2.8% in early 2019.  The Social Security Administration announced the increase after the October release of consumer price index data for September. The 2.8% increase represents the largest Social Security COLA increase since the 3.6% increase for 2012. …

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Long Term Care Insurance Costs Skyrocket

Long Term Care Insurance Costs Skyrocket

By | Health Care, Long Term Care, Retiree, Retirement, Retirement Planning | No Comments

Older Americans shopping for long-term-care insurance policies and current owners of long-term-care (LTC) policies may be in for a bit of a shock when they get their renewal statements or coverage quotes.  Long-term-care insurance carriers have gotten approval from state regulators for double-digit percentage increases in insurance premiums, to help cover cost and offset adverse trends in the long-term-care industry….

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Social Security Could be Broker as Early as 2032

New Study Projects Social Security in Worse Shape than Reported

By | Financial Planning, Retirement, Retirement Income, Retirement Planning, Social Security | No Comments

We have known for some time now that Social Security’s long-term health is in question, and that the program is in serious need of financial reform to remain a viable source of income for retirees.  A new independent report indicates that the problem may be worse than has been reported by Social Security trustees.  Conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s…

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The DOL Fiduciary Rule is Officially Dead

DOL Fiduciary Rule is Dead

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Over the past several years, Bollin Wealth Management has been following the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule that was initiated under the Obama Administration.  The Fiduciary Rule was to begin implementation in April of 2017, with full implementation of the rule scheduled t for January 1, 2018. Shortly after taking office in 2017, President Trump called for a review of…

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The clock is running out on many Americans facing a retirement time bomb.

Time Bomb Looms for Aging Americans

By | Baby Boomers, Investing Lessons, Retirement, Retirement Planning, Retirement Savings, Social Security | No Comments

A recent Wall Street Journal article “Time Bomb Looms for Aging America” highlights a growing crisis for older Americans nearing and entering the early stages of retirement.    What the article’s authors uncovered in their research is that the generation reaching retirement age is in worse financial shape than the previous generation.  This will be the first time this has occurred…

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Are baby boomers ready for retirement?  Survey reveals expectations and readiness.

Survey Reveals Baby Boomers Expectations for Retirement

By | Baby Boomers, Retiree, Retirement, Retirement Income, Retirement Planning, Retirement Savings, Social Security | No Comments

The Insured Retirement Institute recently released the “Eighth Annual Update on the Retirement Preparedness of the Boomer Generation” and the report provides some interesting insights into baby boomers’ expectations and preparedness for retirement.  While the insight from the survey provides a valuable look into the mindset baby boomers preparing for retirement, it should be noted that the Insured Retirement Institute…

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Is there a right and wrong time to retire?

The Worst Time to Retire?

By | Investment Returns, Market Index, Retiree, Retirement, Retirement Income, Retirement Planning, Retirement Savings, Returns, Risk | No Comments

Investment News, a weekly national publication for financial advisors, recently published an article titled “Sinking At Retirement” by Greg Iacurci.  The article maintains, “Current market conditions bode horribly for near-term retirees.”  Many baby boomers, including some of our clients, are planning to retire soon.  Should pre-retirees on the verge of retirement be concerned about the impact current market conditions may…

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Fiduciary Standard of Care

The Latest Update on the Fiduciary Rule

By | Department of Labor, Fee-only, Fiduciary Rule, Fiduciary Standard, Registered Investment Advisor, Retirement Savings, Selecting an advisor | No Comments

The Latest Update on the Fiduciary Rule While you have been watching the recent volatility in the stock market or the latest political drama unfolding in Washington, you may have missed the latest news on the Department of Labor fiduciary rule that we have been periodically writing about for several years.  On March 15, the fifth U.S. Circuit Court of…

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Market Volatility Can Test the Resolve of Investors Who React Emotionally

Some Perspective on Market Volatility

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Before the brief ten percent market correction that began on January 26th and ended on February 8th, domestic equity (stock) markets enjoyed the longest period of market calm in history.  Prior to the recent period of volatility, the S&P 500 had not retreated by 3% over one day or several days since November 4, 2016.  The streak shattered the previous…

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