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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Investor Alert: Bear Markets Bring Out Advice And Scams Preying On Fear
Published Thursday, June 30, 2022 at: 7:29 AM EDT
Bear markets in stocks tend to bring out investment deals and scams preying on fear. With the bear market becoming official on June 13, when the Standard &Poor’s 500 index closed more than -20% lower than its January 3 all-time high close of 4,796.56, please be aware that investment pitches and outright scams that prey on fear become more believable in bear markets.
In an exuberant bull market in stocks, speculative investments are more easily sold. People feel wealthier and are more willing to take a risk because risky assets are appreciating. The hot cryptocurrency prices and subsequent crash epitomize an overly exuberant investment period.
The new bear market is likely to change things up. Financial consumers should expect a rise in the volume of pitches from fear mongers. Be on the lookout for pitches based on doomsday scenarios about a stock market crash, runaway inflation, and other frightful tales offering you shelter from the coming storm.
For 200 years, U.S. stocks and real estate have been among the leading investments available to Americans. Gold, a popular asset in times of uncertainty, in the past, has not even come close to providing the returns on stocks.
Investing is an emotional experience as well as financial. Times of high-anxiety can test your ability to tolerate risk and stick with your long term plan.
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