Why a market correction shouldn’t make you worry

By |2021-10-24T14:06:55-07:00October 24th, 2021|Blog, Fiduciary, Financial planning tips and perspectives, Investment Management, Investor behavior, Staying the course|

When stock market performance outpaces expectations for an extended period, as it has recently, the anticipation of a market correction (a drop of 10% of more) can worry investors.  But, should you be concerned?  After all, significant drops in the stock markets are fairly common, as are rebounds and new highs.  While market fundamentals [Read More]

Mutual fund proxy voting: what it is, what’s new, and who votes

By |2021-03-09T21:02:02-08:00March 8th, 2021|Blog, Fiduciary, Institutional, Personal Wealth|

Mutual fund proxy voting may be one of the least scintillating topics we write about here at The Advisory Group.  It is, however, a topic about which retirement plan fiduciaries need to stay apprised.  We also receive the occasional question from our personal wealth and foundation or endowment clients, so we thought we’d demystify [Read More]

Inflation’s effect on 2021 retirement contribution limits

By |2020-12-06T14:18:00-08:00December 4th, 2020|Blog, Business Owners, Fiduciary, Institutional, Personal Wealth|

The IRS released the dollar limits for 2021 qualified retirement plan contributions.  For 2021, employees’ and owners’ ability to defer compensation and invest for their future remains about the same as 2020. Because of low inflation, most of the common contribution levels were left unchanged, with defined contribution total dollar amounts (from employee and [Read More]

What retirement plan sponsors need to know for 2021

By |2020-11-13T10:29:45-08:00November 7th, 2020|Blog, Fiduciary, Institutional|

Safe harbor retirement plan for 2021 Now is the time to take action if you wish to implement a new safe harbor 401(k) plan or make changes to your existing safe harbor structure for 2021.  To satisfy the participant notice requirements, companies should install or amend calendar-year plans by the end of November.  If [Read More]

The rationale for investment manager changes

By |2020-07-25T06:31:30-07:00May 21st, 2020|Blog, Fiduciary, Institutional, Investment Management, Personal Wealth|

Sometimes we have to change the investments we hold in our clients’ portfolios. We’ve talked about rebalancing and tax loss harvesting as ways to keep portfolios’ allocation in check and lower tax bills, but what happens when a specific investment manager of a mutual fund or other vehicles needs a change? How do we decide [Read More]

How to pick an auditor for your company’s retirement plan

By |2020-07-25T06:32:14-07:00May 20th, 2020|Blog, Fiduciary, Institutional|

Audit season is in full swing for retirement plans, and if your company has a “large plan” (defined as more than 100 participants) you are required to undergo an annual audit by a CPA. This requirement kicks in when your start-of-year participant count exceeds 120 for the first time. If your company sponsors a plan [Read More]

Time-sensitive: Business owners should explore Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans NOW… application process started 4/3/20

By |2020-04-25T09:20:45-07:00April 2nd, 2020|Fiduciary, Financial planning tips and perspectives, General thoughts|

Business owners & leaders: If your business has been adversely affected by the coronavirus directly or indirectly, we encourage you to explore and apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loan or the Disaster Loan (& grant) Assistance programs below, given that the PPP started 4/3/20 for small businesses, and 4/10/20 for sole proprietorships [Read More]

The CARES Act: help for individuals and small businesses

By |2020-04-25T09:22:00-07:00April 2nd, 2020|Fiduciary, Financial planning tips and perspectives, In the news|

  As we adjust to the effects of COVID-19 in our lives, we wanted to provide some information for individuals and small businesses about the stimulus package passed by Congress on March 27th  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, as well as previously announced tax filing relief, should help with business [Read More]

CARES Act helps your business: relief for your retirement plan participants

By |2020-04-25T09:25:02-07:00April 1st, 2020|Fiduciary, In the news|

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020, and includes provisions to assist retirement plan participants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  For plan sponsors and their participants, this Act can provide essential financial help to many employees.   The new law provides distribution and loan relief [Read More]

Create your own Blue Dot to experience Blue Zone benefits

By |2020-09-06T16:12:13-07:00January 9th, 2020|Blog, Fiduciary, Financial planning tips and perspectives, General thoughts|

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 [Read More]

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