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Social Security Benefits will receive  a slight increase in 2021.

Social Security Benefit Update for 2021

By | 2020, 2021, Interest Rates, Medicare, Retiree, Retirement Income, Retirement Planning, Retirement Savings, Social Security | No Comments

Social Security benefits represent a salient component of most retirees’ retirement income strategy.  For most American retirees today the two most important sources of retirement income are withdrawals from their own retirement savings and their monthly Social Security benefit.  As such, it is imperative to be aware of new developments with Social Security and its associated retiree healthcare program, Medicare….

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What Now?

What Now?

By | 2020, Bond Markets, coronavirus, Equity Markets, Financial Planning, Fixed Income Markets, Interest Rates, Investing Lessons, Investment Returns, Investor Panic, Market Corrections, Market Volatility, Patience, Retiree, Retirement, Retirement Income, Retirement Planning, Retirement Savings, Returns, Risk, Stock Markets, Tax | No Comments

2020 began with the promise of continued strong economic and financial performance and a hint of uncertainty surrounding the November Presidential election.  The nation’s unemployment rate was near sixty-year lows, and labor force participation rates were near sixty-year highs.  The longest bull market in U.S. history was still running, despite concerns by some investors and analysts that it was getting…

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Why You Should Care About Real Rates of Return

Why You Should Care About Real Rates of Return

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Nominal interest rates are currently below zero in many countries, including Germany, Denmark, Switzerland,     Sweden, and Japan.  These levels have shattered the belief that zero is the lowest that interest rates can go.  While negative nominal rates are a relatively new phenomenon, historically speaking periods of widespread negative real returns across countries have been quite common. Those of us who…

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Federal Reserve, Interest Rates

The Federal Reserve Finally Raises Interest Rates

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As if the excitement of the impending Christmas and holiday season wasn’t enough, two of the most anticipated events of 2015 occurred last week.  The long-awaited seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens, was released in theaters on December 17th.   As expected, the film shattered all opening weekend box office records.  For the briefest of moments millions…

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