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Why Do We Need A Women’s History Month?

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For many young girls today, this may be a valid question. But for many of us, we grew up with very few female role models in history books. Sure, we heard of Betsy Ross, we learned Bible stories about Eve, Sarah, Rachel, Rebecca, and Mary. We even grew up with the U.K. having the longest reigning monarch who is a woman, Queen Elizabeth. But in the U.S., she was rarely mentioned and most of the history that was taught was centered around men’s accomplishments. History books taught that the greatest scientists were Albert Einstein or Sir Isaac Newton. We did…
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Trading vs. Investing: What We Can Learn from the GameStop Saga

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I was recently quoted in an article for Long Island Newsday, and mentioned that there are big differences between investing and trading. Both want to profit from appreciation in the stock market, but the time horizons are very different. Investing is long-term – it considers your goals, risk tolerance, liquidity needs, and longevity. You look to diversify your portfolio appropriately for your circumstances and put money across various asset classes. Ideally, you rebalance as markets move and stick to your long-term plan in the face of market volatility. For many investors, trading, on the other hand, can be focused on…
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Winter 2021 Market Recap

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As 2020 has finally come to an end, our Investment Team shares their insights on the year's investment trends and discusses what's to come in our Winter Market Recap. Winter 2021 Market Recap from Wealthspire Advisors on Vimeo.   Wealthspire Advisors LLC is a registered investment adviser and subsidiary company 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 upon for accounting, legal, or tax advice. While the…
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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Employee Retention Credit (ERC) Updates

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There has been an almost constant buzz over the past few weeks concerning various stimulus packages and potential tax code changes. A disciplined planning process certainly incorporates what is known, while also exploring what might be.   With the combination of President Biden’s inauguration and Democratic control of both houses of Congress, along with nearly $9 trillion of stimulus spending, most anticipate tax increases for both individuals and corporations. In this blog written prior to the election, our team provides a recap of some of the initial Biden proposals. As the elections (including Georgia runoffs) are now complete, expectations are becoming somewhat…
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2020 4th Quarter Commentary: “2020: Happily In Hindsight”

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In this letter: As 2020 ends, the contrast between solid financial markets and the ravages of COVID-19 continued Both equity and fixed income markets saw noticeable regime changes during the year The classic 60% equity/40% fixed income portfolio just had its best two-year return since 1997-1998 A year-end investment commentary typically talks on performance, valuations, levels of market indices and rates, to name a few common topics. It would be tone deaf of us, however, not to acknowledge upfront the profound impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on all of us and our families: the headline number of cases, hospitalizations,…
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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans: Round 2 Updates

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The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently released more information regarding the second round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans as the application process opened Monday, January 11 under the $284 billion program authorized by the $900 billion stimulus relief bill signed on December 27, 2020. The loans are available to both first time and second time borrowers. In an effort to give priority to underserved businesses including veteran, minority, and women owned businesses, only loans from community financial institutions will be accepted initially (starting January 11 for first time borrowers and January 13 for second time borrowers). It has not…
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Qualified Business Income (QBI)

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Deduction May Create New Planning Strategies for Some Business Owners The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 introduced a new 20% tax deduction focused on pass-through businesses. As tax accountants pore through the Internal Revenue Service’s recently released 184-plus pages of guidance on the so-called Section 199a deduction for “qualified business income” (QBI), many business owners are wondering whether they will qualify. While everyone’s circumstances are different, and we encourage consultation with a tax advisor, the Act created an opening for several planning opportunities to potentially reduce tax bills for owners of such businesses. First, a little background. Qualified…
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