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Return of 2020 RMDs Allowed by New IRS Announcement

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On June 23, the Internal Revenue Service issued a notice that told taxpayers they could unwind any required minimum distributions from their retirement accounts that they had taken in 2020. This provides a significant opportunity for IRA beneficiaries who didn’t need this money for expenses. They can put these distributions back into their IRAs to grow there tax-deferred, lowering their total tax bill. Required Minimum Distributions In general, IRA beneficiaries who are at least 72 years old (or 70½ if they were born before July 1, 1949) are required to take a certain fraction out of their regular IRAs each year.…
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Equity Investing Since the Dawn of Covid-19

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Stock markets have been on an uncomfortable ride in 2020, leaving open a great deal of confusion and many questions as to what happened and what comes next. While we don’t know with any certainty what comes next, we are beginning to understand what happened as news of the Covid-19 pandemic unfolded and why markets have responded so strongly since March 23rd. This year has once again reminded us that stock market volatility is a basic axiom of investing. Although it may disappear for long stretches and the collective of investors are lulled into a sense of boredom, volatility inevitably…
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Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

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New Legislation Could Help Business Owners with PPP Loan Forgiveness Process After being approved by the senate early last week, House Bill 7010 was signed into law by the President on June 5th, 2020. This bill triples the amount of time allotted for small businesses to spend PPP loan proceeds and affords additional flexibility. The two primary provisions are: Borrowers now have 24 weeks to spend funds received under the PPP loan program – up from the original 8 weeks. The requirement to spend at least 75% on payroll and payroll related costs has been lowered to 60%. The bill…
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Adding to Stocks During Covid-19

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The spread of Covid-19 has been referred to as a “black swan” event by some, meaning an occurrence with potentially severe consequences that were unpredictable. The consequences have certainly been severe with disruption to jobs, schools, and everyday life (though health experts would argue whether this was unpredictable). The first quarter of 2020 saw a nearly 35% market drop from the all-time highs of February, in a matter of weeks. The volatility index, or VIX, sometimes referred to as the “fear index” shot through the roof. In the short-term, the U.S. economy, along with many others across the globe, has…
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PPP Loan Forgiveness: Creative Planning Strategies to Consider

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On May 15th the SBA released the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application for the Paycheck Protection Program loans, including detailed instructions for borrowers on how to complete the application. Additional interim final rules were issued on May 22nd. Given that the program started on April 3rd, this week marks the eighth week and first opportunity for companies to submit their request for forgiveness. The application is made to your lender, who then has 60 days to determine eligibility for forgiveness. Amounts not forgiven are to be paid back at 1% interest over two years. Payments are deferred for six months. Unfortunately,…
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May Chartology: What’s Behind the Modest 2-month Comeback in Equity Markets?

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After equity markets plummeted during the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, they seem to have staged a modest comeback in the past 2 months. Chris Maxey of our Investment Team discusses the reasons why in this edition of Chartology. May 2020 Chartology from Wealthspire Advisors on Vimeo. We're back with Chartology and we want to talk about the equity markets this year. It's been a strange and wild ride that we've been on for the better part of a couple months now, and we want to talk about why that is. So, the first thing you see here is what's…
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Ways to Take Financial Action During the Pandemic

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The sweeping impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have upended all of our lives in different ways. Given the seriousness of the situation and for many, a new work from home reality, there has never been a better time to re-examine you and your family’s financial plan. We have written about the need for financial planning given unexpected situations such as incapacitation before, but given this unique situation and the passage of the CARES Act, we feel it is necessary to return to a few key planning opportunities. Review Estate and Incapacitation Documents Use this opportunity for a complete review of…
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Planning Strategies to Consider in a Volatile Environment

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While the Coronavirus pandemic has brought its share of fear and anxiety, it also brings some favorable financial planning opportunities that can be of significant benefit for you and your family. Below are some opportunities to consider. 1. Harvesting Capital Losses: An approximate 20% decline in equity markets from the early year high, along with volatility in sectors of fixed income markets have caused security values to decline.  As we periodically rebalance portfolios, in taxable accounts we look to realize capital losses and replace sold positions with similar, but not identical, securities to maintain desired exposures. When we “harvest” capital…
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