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What to do in a Market Correction

December 14, 2018 |

Overview A correction is technically defined as when the market declines by 10 percent from a recent peak. It’s worth noting that corrections are a very normal part of the market life cycle. There has been at least one correction in each bull market of the last 40 years and a correction can occur in…

Interest Rate Watch

November 30, 2018 |

Interest Rate Watch In late September, the Federal Reserve raised its key short-term interest rate to 2.25 percent from 2.0 percent, in its third increase of the year.1 The good news is that higher rates offer the potential for higher returns on CDs, bank savings, fixed annuities, and other fixed-rated accounts that have been languishing…

Are We in a Corporate Debt Bubble?

October 26, 2018 |

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the Great Recession of 2008. Despite a painfully slow recovery, U.S. economic growth has been sustainable. The stock and bond markets continue to perform well, unemployment is low and the economy is generally considered healthy and booming. And yet, whenever things are going well, it’s only human nature to…

Retirement Readiness

October 10, 2018 |

The Indexed Annuity Leadership Council recently published a report that included a scoring mechanism for how “retirement ready” Americans are based on job status. “White-collar workers” rated just below 50 percent in terms of retirement readiness, while “blue- and graycollar workers” were somewhat lower, at 44.7 percent.1 Another recent report on retirement readiness was published…

Lifetime Income: Options, Misperceptions and Realities

September 26, 2018 |

Overview Lifetime income sources generally provide minimum payouts to help cover everyday expenses. In most cases, these benefits are not impacted by fluctuations in the investment markets. For example, Social Security benefits are based on one’s lifetime earnings, so they reflect a proportionate amount of income based on your assumed standard of living. To maximize…

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August 30, 2018 |

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U.S. Trade Update

August 23, 2018 |

Overview At the heart of President Trump’s policy is his conviction that China has used predatory tactics to challenge American technological dominance. He has accused the country of obliging U.S. corporations to trade technology for access to the Chinese market, as well as outright cybertheft. Initially, the Trump administration placed tariffs on industrial products so…

Fixed Indexed Annuities: Consider the Alternative

July 27, 2018 |

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May 23, 2018 |

Fourth of July by the Numbers

June 29, 2017 |

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Tax Reform: What's on the Docket?

June 29, 2017 |

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