The Macro View

Tactical Diversification in 2020

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  The investment and economic landscapes have undergone a dramatic reshaping in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent severe market volatility.  While the net effect has been damaging, it’s provided investors with ample opportunity to re-explore the diversification of their portfolios.  As investors, we are constantly taught the importance of diversification in an… Read more »


CARES Act Waives Required Distributions in 2020

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  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a wide ranging fiscal relief package aimed at helping Americans confront the economic challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, contains a series of unprecedented maneuvers including the much discussed stimulus check provision and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  While these two features of the… Read more »


ROTH IRA Conversions: A Powerful Planning Tool in 2020

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  Over the last 8 weeks the world has changed.   The exact changes are not yet known but certain probabilities that impact long-term financial planning have shifted.   We believe these changes have made ROTH conversions a more important strategy than ever for young savers looking to reduce their future tax burden and for older savers looking to maximize wealth transfers to their kids…. Read more »


SECURE Act’s Impact on Personal Financial Planning

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  Earlier this year I had the privilege to meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to provide industry feedback on the implications of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (aka the SECURE Act).   As expected the SECURE Act was included in the spending bill that Congress passed on December 19th.   The spending… Read more »