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New IRS Announcement Allows Return of 2020 RMDs

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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 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 returns at an unexpected time and in…
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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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PPP Loan Forgiveness: Creative Planning Strategies to Consider

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On May 15th the SBA released the 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, there…
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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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Recent Market Volatility and Municipal Bond Markets

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You may have seen a couple of notes from us over the past few weeks discussing markets and COVID-19. To break up the tone and for additional perspective, we thought it worthwhile to relay what we are hearing from our investment managers. Below are just a couple observations from the many conversations we are having with municipal bond managers about recent volatility in the investment grade muni space. The response was fairly consistent across the board and broke down into liquidity, valuation, and credit quality. Liquidity One manager mentioned that prior to a few weeks ago, municipal bond mutual funds…
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Markets and the Coronavirus: Frequently Asked Questions

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Since the end of February, we have seen news around the Coronavirus, which was first discovered in China in early January, continue to emerge at a fast and furious pace. As cases of the virus have been diagnosed around the world, U.S. and global markets have responded sharply to what they view as a potential slow-down related to spread of the disease. Several weeks ago, market observers generally laid out a simplistic 3 scenario model from best to worst case in determining how the impact from the Coronavirus would transpire. While previously those observers were leaning in a more optimistic…
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