This is an unusual year-end tax planning season. The pace of federal tax law reform has increased in the four decades and accelerated since the pandemic.
It’s only mid-September, but please begin to think about year-end tax planning. This is an unusual year for tax planning. Not only has the stock market been volatile but new rules about distributions from IRAs and federally qualified retirement plans (QRPs) – such as 401(k), 403(b) and defined benefit plans –became effective this year, and the newly-enacted Inflation Reduction Act also adds some planning opportunities.
In case you missed it, sweeping new rules on distributions from IRA And Qualified Retirement Plans (QRPs) went into effect at the beginning of 2022.
This is a heads up for anyone deciding on how to designate beneficiaries of an IRA based on advice from an IRA custodian call-center employee.
The unusual financial economic events of the last couple of years have caused great financial disappointment for some Americans.
The extreme financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic seemed unprecedented to most investors. Over the past two years, Americans witnessed a sudden stop financial crisis in March 2020, the injection of nearly $10 trillion of monetary and fiscal stimulus within a matter of months, and an unanticipated burst of inflation that caught even the Federal Reserve off guard. The truth, however, is that these events seem anomalous only because many historical parallels have disappeared from our collective memory. In fact, there are no living Americans who recall the two most relevant events — the onset of World War I in July 1914 and the post-World War I/Great Influenza inflation of 1919-1920.
Inflation cooled in June, according to Labor Department data. Compared to the +9.1% inflation rate in the 12 months through June 30, the consumer price index (CPI) in the 12 months through July 31 increased by +8.5%. The Standard Poor's 500 rallied +2.1%.
In the three tumultuous months of the second quarter, the Federal Reserve of Atlanta’s algorithm for estimating quarterly economic growth was far more accurate than consensus forecasts by leading economists. That’s unusual.
Volatility in the stock market has increased. Recently we actually hit some down days of -3.6% and -4% in the stock market. That shakes people up. But remember why you bought stocks.
By our count, the bear market of 2022 is the latest of more than 20 market crises that came and went since 1957.
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The Worst Of The Bear Market Is Over, Says Poll Of Professional Wealth Advisors
Published Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at: 2:38 PM EDT
Nearly half of professionals say the bear market would bottom after sustaining a loss of -25% -- a mere three percentage point loss from yesterday’s closing price. Another 34% of practitioners say the S&P 500 loss would bottom at a loss of 30% before a new bull market begins.
The poll was conducted Tuesday, June 14 at 5 p.m. EDT, at a financial economics class attended by more than 200 professionals. More than half of the advisors attending the online class responded to this and two other poll questions.
Asked if clients are more worried about this bear market now than the -50% loss at the bottom of the 2008-9 bear market, 18.5% say clients are more worried now. More than 80% of advisors say their clients are not as worried now as they were in the world financial crisis and the bursting of the mortgage debt bubble 14 years ago.
Sixty percent of financial professionals polled say clients are not as worried now as they were in the Covid bear market of February-March 2020, when the S&P 500 lost -33.9% of its value before the Covid-recovery bull market began.
While no one can predict the bear market bottom with statistical reliability, the consensus forecast of CFP®, CPA and other financial planning professionals makes sense fundamentally. Based on recent economic data, the economy is growing. The crisis that triggered this bear market is nothing like 2008-9. The inflation crisis of 2022 is not a systemic threat to the financial system. The economy is not shutting down like the onset of Covid-19.
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