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2020 internship program

Our 2020 Internship Program

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Like many others, we are now almost five months into a remote work environment, a shift that continues to require flexibility, creativity, and commitment from our team. We have all had to adjust and adapt to working differently in a COVID-19 world. Beyond the daily impact on our normal work routines, the current extended period of telework also called into question the viability of some of our traditional talent management programs, like our summer internship program. Going into this summer, the simplest path would have been to cancel our intern program, given our inability to conduct it in person. The…
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Back to the Future? A Look at Biden’s Tax Proposals

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Somehow lost in all of the news coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest, Joe Biden, the former Vice President and current Democratic nominee for President, has proposed a number of individual, payroll, and corporate tax increases to fund new or expanded government programs. The proposal comes as Biden has partnered with Vermont senator Bernie Sanders to further attract progressives to his campaign and allure voters in November. These proposals will have a material impact on higher-income taxpayers. Individual Taxes Summary In general, higher-income taxpayers would face significantly increased income and payroll taxes. The changes would repeal the income…
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market recap

Summer 2020 Market Recap

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“It’s as if there is a bubble for use of the word ‘unprecedented.’” Listen to Michael Moriarty and Dmitriy Katsnelson’s most recent analysis of the investment landscape in our Summer Market Recap. Summer 2020 Market Recap from Wealthspire Advisors on Vimeo.   Wealthspire Advisors is the common brand and trade name used by Sontag Advisory LLC and Wealthspire Advisors, LP, separate registered investment advisers and subsidiary companies of NFP Corp. This information should not be construed as a recommendation, offer to sell, or solicitation of an offer to buy a particular security or investment strategy. The commentary provided is for…
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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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PPP Flexibility Act

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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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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Spring 2020 Market Recap

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Stimulus, State Bankruptcy, and History-making Market Days - our team covers this and more in our newest Market Recap. Watch the full video here. Spring 2020 Market Recap from Wealthspire Advisors on Vimeo.   Wealthspire Advisors is the common brand and trade name used by Sontag Advisory LLC and Wealthspire Advisors, LP, separate registered investment advisers and subsidiary companies of NFP Corp. This information should not be construed as a recommendation, offer to sell, or solicitation of an offer to buy a particular security or investment strategy. The commentary provided is for informational purposes only and should not be relied…
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Recent Market Volatility and Satellite Fixed Income

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Our core Fixed Income managers invest in high credit quality sectors such as investment grade municipal and corporate bonds, U.S. Treasury securities, and Government Agency Mortgage Back Securities (MBS). However, many additional fixed income securities exist, primarily of lower credit quality. We call these securities and the managers that invest in them “satellite” fixed income. Two of the largest and best known of these satellite fixed income sectors include High Yield bonds and Bank Loans (aka Leveraged or Senior Loans). The first graph below shows the Yield on the High Yield Index vs. U.S. Treasuries, the “spread”. Please note that…
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