There are two types of funds you may be looking to invest in: actively managed and passively managed. First, a fund is an investment tool that takes your investment capital and divides it between selected stocks and bonds, all bundled within one fund. While the two can invest your money in the same bundle, there are key differences.
Last month, Ryan Bayonnet, CFP®, MSF was interviewed by Veronica Dagher, a senior wealth management reporter for The Wall Street Journal. In the interview, Ryan discussed with Veronica how to handle family money disagreements that arose from the COVID-19 Pandemic and subsequent economic downturn.
There has been much talk about the upcoming election. Not surprisingly, there are a lot of prognostications taking place on how the markets will fare with several potential scenarios (Republican/Democrat as President, Republicans/Democrats in charge of the Senate/House).
You hear it all the time: you should make sure your retirement savings at least keep pace with inflation. But what is inflation and how does it really affect your retirement savings? Let’s explore.
If we think about the markets and economy as a puzzle that was in scattered pieces from a sharp decline in the first quarter, the second quarter was spent trying to put those pieces back together. Looking back to April, we saw unemployment jump to 14.7%, the highest level recorded since the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) started recording the data in 1948 (source: www.wsj.com). What made this increase so surprising was the speed with which it happened. In February 2020, the unemployment rate was the lowest it had been in 50 years (3.5%).
Last week, Ryan Bayonnet, CFP®, MSF was featured in MarketWatch's article How Economic Slumps Inflict Permanent ‘Scars’ on Spending and Saving. Read more here.
As we sit down to write this piece in early April 2020, we think it is important to acknowledge a few things. First, we are hoping you and your families are safe and well. Second, we understand that there is a lot of anxiety about the crisis itself as well as the downstream repercussions, both from a human and economic perspective. Third, the virus is moving across the globe, and events are changing rapidly. There may be some new information that makes this quarterly review obsolete by the time you read it, but we are going to move on with what we know now. Hopefully, you have been able to use this time to do some activities you don’t normally have the time to enjoy.
In response to the unfolding COVID-19 global pandemic, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act was unanimously passed by the Senate on March 25, 2020. The next day it was passed in the House via voice vote and signed into law by the President.
Last week, Ryan Bayonnet, CFP®, MSF was featured in U.S. News & World Report's article titled 5 Tips for Newlyweds Merging Bank Accounts and LendingTree's article titled Tips for Getting out of Business Debt. Take a look at the articles below as well as a picture from Ryan's recent speaking engagement at the Ohio State University.
The Fed Lowers Rates, Then Hits Pause
The Federal Reserve continued to make headlines in the fourth quarter of 2019. Their first meeting of the period occurred in late October when they lowered rates for the third time by 0.25%, highlighting their concerns about global growth, low inflation, and uncertain trade policy as the main rationale behind the decision.