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  • Market Commentary: Dow and S&P Set Records, but Unemployment Still Rising

    Posted on November 30, 2020

    The economy seems poised to decelerate in coming weeks as data showed slowing economic improvement or outright reversals of the recovery. Income data was mixed. Disposable income fell 0.8% in October as government programs expired. Gains in employment pushed employee compensation up 0.7% as more people returned to work.

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  • Market Commentary: Rise in COVID-19 Cases Leads to Market Dip Before Holiday Shopping Season

    Posted on November 23, 2020

    Retail data were mixed last week. U.S. retail sales rose 0.3% in October and are now 5.7% higher than one year ago. But as Figure 1 shows, the increase was the smallest since the recovery began. Increased coronavirus cases in October likely pressured purchases lower and moved consumers online. Non-store retailers reported a 3.1% increase in sales.

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  • Market Commentary: Markets Respond Favorably to News of Second Vaccine’s Positive Results

    Posted on November 16, 2020

    Special Update A second COVID-19 vaccine announced very positive results in its initial trial. A biotechnology company announced Monday their COVID-19 vaccine was more than 94.5% effective. The study also showed there were few side effects observed in the vaccine trial. The effectiveness is very high and will likely give the world two vaccines to start protecting people in coming months.

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  • How the Election Results Could Impact Your Financial Plan

    Posted on November 16, 2020

    Join Jamie Hopkins, Director of Retirement Research at Carson, as he offers insight into Biden’s tax and retirement platforms. Click Here to Watch the Webinar

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  • How the Election Results Could Impact Your Financial Plan

    Posted on November 16, 2020

    How the Election Results Could Impact Your Financial Plan  After a tenuous political season, Joe Biden is positioned to be inaugurated as president in January.   Now what? What changes should you expect to your financial picture under a new administration? We put together a special webinar, “How the Election Results Could Impact Your Financial Plan,” to offer insight into Biden’s tax and retirement platforms.   The on-demand webinar goes over Biden’s plans for the country, including:   ‣   The future of Social Security ‣   Tax implications for those making $400,000 or more  ‣   Potential capital gains changes ‣   Estate planning ...read the full article

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  • How the Election Results Could Impact Your Financial Plan [Video]

    Posted on November 16, 2020

    How the Election Results Could Impact Your Financial Plan Election Day came and went, and though we’ve stepped away from the ballot box, we’re now preparing for a new administration to take office in 2021. Join us for an informative post-election webinar with Jamie Hopkins, Director of Retirement Research at Carson.   Don't let market volatility stop your financial plan. Schedule a meeting with an advisor today

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  • Market Commentary: COVID-19 Vaccine Shows Positive Results and Market Soars Even After Tight Election

    Posted on November 9, 2020

    Special Update The first COVID-19 vaccine to announce results reported very positive data early Monday morning. Two notable pharmaceutical and biotech companies announced on Monday their COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective. The study also showed there were no side effects observed in the vaccine trial. The effectiveness is higher than many medical experts expected and represents a major step forward in efforts to contain the virus. News on other vaccine trials is expected in coming weeks and months.

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  • Your Year-End Tax Checklist, Plus a Few Extras for 2020

    Posted on November 5, 2020

    A lot of us have been in the attic lately, putting away the ghosts and skeletons from Halloween and dusting off the holiday decorations. While you’re up there, can you find your year-end tax checklist?

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  • How the Results of the Election Could Impact the Markets and Your Financial Plan

    Posted on November 5, 2020

    The votes have been cast and now it’s a waiting game. Our country now faces days of a counting, recounting, accusations, potential lawsuits and a runoff election or two. Only then will we know the results of the 2020 election.

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  • Market Commentary: Uncertainty with Election, Pandemic Cause 5.6% Drop in S&P 500.

    Posted on November 2, 2020

    Last week, markets moved less on the recovery of today and more on the uncertainty of tomorrow. U.S. GDP increased 33.1% (see Figure 1) after a massively negative report last quarter. Strong growth in consumer spending provided the biggest push to the overall economy. Earnings also continued to improve. Originally forecasted to drop 21.1%, strong earnings from internet-based businesses cut the expected dip to 9.8%.

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