Insights & Observations

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You’re busy creating your own success; to help you stay informed, we share our insights and observations regularly through our blog. Whether you want to secure your personal wealth, improve the lives of your employees or elevate your impact in your community, we invite you to read the topics that matter most to you.

  • Video: Market and investor behavior perspectives related to the coronavirus

    Gain perspective about the confluence of events affecting the markets, including the coronavirus. What are the drivers of current volatility? Where do markets and diversified portfolios stand now? How does this market compare to the many volatile markets in the past? See how bad markets have strong recoveries. See why panic is not an investment… [Read More]

    Work from home COVID-19

    6 work from home tips we’ve learned so far

    With the shelter-in-place in effect in Northern California since last Tuesday, many of our clients, colleagues, friends and family members have had to make the shift from going to the office to working from home. At The Advisory Group, we are well set up to operate as a virtual office while continuing to deliver our… [Read More]

    coronavirus

    Markets react to coronavirus: how to weather the challenges ahead

    It was a very a difficult week. As the uncertain trajectory of COVID-19 upsets both public health systems and financial markets, we see how dramatically unexpected events can affect us. Coronavirus and its economic fallout, coupled with the Saudi/Russia oil tension, have created a unique mix of anxiety that makes markets particularly volatile. We cannot know, nor… [Read More]

    How we’re thinking about coronavirus

    The public’s concern about coronavirus (COVID-19) is increasing. As is often the case, concerns are frequently magnified by what’s called “negativity bias,” an evolutionary mechanism in the brain to minimize risk. More often than not, people over-react to potential risks. But sometimes the reaction is warranted. Regarding coronavirus, it is too soon to tell how… [Read More]

    Gen X

    Longevity’s Ripple Effect: Why Gen X Cannot Count on Inheritances for their Retirement

    As if Gen X (now age 40 – 55) didn’t have enough to think about in midlife, they also need to be careful about including any expected inheritance in their retirement planning.  While there is much talk about a great transfer of wealth in America in the coming 25 years, with estimates anywhere from $30… [Read More]

    Q419 Quarterly Context Video

    What should you be training your brain to do now, given the longest bull-market ever? What are people doing with their better physical state later in life? Where are we in the business cycle now? What is the “Fed pivot” and how are market returns projections changing for the next 10 years? What does “growth… [Read More]

    Create your own Blue Dot to experience Blue Zone benefits

    What if you had the recipe of life choices that could help you live longer, healthier, and happier? That is exactly what studies show happens in “Blue Zones,” parts of the world with unusually high numbers of happy centenarians. If you don’t live in a Blue Zone, you do not have to move.  You can… [Read More]

    retirement plan sponsors

    The SECURE Act: What individuals, business owners and retirement plan sponsors need to know

    Business owners, especially smaller employers, now have more incentives and options to offer retirement savings plan.  Individuals have additional opportunities to grow their retirement savings.  Signed in to law by the President on December 20, 2019, The SECURE Act (‘Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement”) brings the most significant pension reform in more than… [Read More]

    Business books for your mind and your shelf

    3 books we like for business owners

    What are you going to read (or listen to) next? If you own a business and you have not read these three books, we highly recommend each one. Whether you want to form new habits, create systems in your business, or preserve what’s meaningful to you, you can find answers in these books. 1. Atomic… [Read More]

    disaster preparation

    Is your business prepared for the next disaster?

    Preparing your business for a natural disaster is as critical as preparing your home, yet many business owners do not have an emergency plan in place.  In the Bay Area, earthquakes are a constant threat with no advanced warning, and the “new normal” of California fire season reminds us how devastating nature can be. The… [Read More]

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