Alternative assets, such as cryptocurrencies, art, private equity and more, have seen a surge in press coverage over the past decade, to the point that many of these alternative investments have become more mainstream than ever before.
While investors will always be looking for ways to time the markets, there are no shortcuts to investing success. Retirement Director Ben Rizzuto considers the lessons to be learned from the recent GameStop trading activity and outlines three steps to building a strategic long-term investing plan.
Retirement is, for many, the culmination of their life’s work. As their financial advisor, you’ve been helping your clients strategize and plan for that milestone. But what happens if what you’ve been planning for changes right before the goal line? We’re seeing that today in the world of retirement income.
The COVID-19 crisis exposed an already dire problem – families could not come up with money for unexpected expenses, such as replacing a flat tire or repairing a busted pipe. As such, many advisors have been reemphasizing the importance of optionality and financial wellness to help their clients and communities properly prepare for these unpredictable emergencies.
The events of the past year have reinforced the importance of being financially prepared for unexpected emergencies. Retirement Director Ben Rizzuto discusses some of the options – both inside and outside of retirement plans – that are available for plan sponsors and business owners to help employees build up adequate savings.
In this year’s final episode of our Plan Talk podcast, Retirement Director Ben Rizzuto recaps notable updates, trends and legal cases from the past year in the defined contribution space. And as always, he shares a playlist of his favorite new songs from 2020.
When investors focus too closely on investment performance, they can lose sight of their goals and instead focus myopically on beating the benchmark. Enter Outcome-Based strategies, which seek to provide investment outcomes that fit the profile of common investment goals. That way you can match your portfolio’s outcomes with your goals. Here's our overview of how Outcome-Based Investing can fit within your financial planning.
Retirees have different needs from their portfolios, so you might expect a portfolio’s investment strategy to be aligned with those needs. Although the income approach isn’t always preferred, new research shows it can be a viable alternative to a total return approach.
We believe viewing retirement health care costs as an annual expense, instead of as a lump sum, makes it easier for retirees to plan for and pay for them.
This resource provides a summary of key rates and thresholds impacting income, social security, estate, retirement and investment taxes for the 2021 tax year.