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KEEP CALM AND INVEST ON

In volatile times, remember your time horizon; follow facts not feelings; and, if needed, reposition gradually Within a matter of weeks, the spreading Coronavirus, tumbling oil prices, recession fears, alarming headlines, and a 10-year Treasury yield well under 1% have thrown a record-high S&P® 500 index into, at least, temporary turmoil. In many corners of the market, the bulls’ decade-long ebullience has been swiftly replaced by palpable panic. To borrow from Britain’s World War II motivational poster, now is the time for

Investing in a Volatile Market

Coming to Terms with Stock Market Volatility There’s no getting around it. The stock market is volatile. Every day the stock market goes up and down in reaction to any number of issues involving business, the economy, or geopolitical events. Most of the time investors take the market’s ups and downs in stride. It’s only when the market declines substantially that investors can become unnerved and make decisions that can be harmful to their long-term retirement portfolios. To understand market volatility, it’s

COVID-19 Notice to Owners of Life Insurance Policies & Annuities

A recent Executive Order issued by Governor Cuomo, together with recent amendments to the insurance and banking regulations (the “regulations”) issued by the New York State Department of Financial Services (“Department”), extend grace periods and give you other rights under your life insurance policy or annuity contract if you can demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic. These grace periods and rights are currently in effect but are temporary, though they may be extended further.

529 Lesson Plan: High Scores for 529 Plans

Looking for a tax-advantaged college savings vehicle that has no age restrictions and no income phaseout limits – and one you can use to pay for more than just tuition? Consider 529 savings plans, a popular way to save for higher-education expenses. Named after the section of the tax code that authorized them, 529 plans (also known as qualified tuition plans) are now offered in almost every state. You may find that 529 plans make saving for college easier than

Coping with Market Volatility: Avoid Rash Decisions

If you’ve been watching the market lately, perhaps the first question on your mind is, “Should I make a big change in my investments?” In reality, a volatile market isn’t the best time to do a complete makeover of your portfolio, especially if you have long-term financial goals you’re trying to address. Even if you feel that your portfolio needs adjusting, maintaining a firm grasp on your fundamental investment strategy can help you be more thoughtful about making any changes. Think of each investment as a tool in

The SECURE Act is Official!

Significant Changes for Employer-Sponsored Plans and IRAs On December 20, 2019, the President signed into law the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, which includes the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act provisions previously passed by the House in April 2019. This is one of the most comprehensive retirement plan reforms in more than a decade, and this is a brief overview of some highlights. Many of the provisions are effective January 1, 2020. Congress has attempted to pass major

Thank You Harvey!

Harvey Koenig and Jon Selzer partnered at Koenig & Selzer Asset Management Group for over 25 years.  In 2015, Koenig & Selzer Asset Management Group merged with Marathon Financial Advisors. For many, many years, Harvey Koenig has been a reliable source of financial planning for hundreds of clients in the Syracuse area. As it often goes with long-standing leadership, we have reached a bittersweet new chapter as our own Harvey is retiring.  Harvey Koenig has been working alongside partners Mary Ann Pierce and Jon Selzer to help clients build plans

RECAP: State of the Economy

Almost 50 people joined the Marathon Financial Advisors Team for the State of the Economy Seminar on Tuesday, November 5th with Dr. Quincy Krosby at Drumlins Country Club. Dr. Krosby, whose impressive resume includes positions as a U.S. Diplomat, Assistant Secretary of Commerce and a representative of the United States to the International Monetary Fund, spoke eloquently about tariffs, negotiations with China, the effect of politics on the market, other global economies and the Santa Claus Rally.Here are some highlights

State of the Economy 2019

We at Marathon Financial Advisors think that community involvement and education is of the utmost of importance. It’s for this reason that we seek out experts in areas of financial consulting and wealth management for free educational seminars available to the public. Our upcoming speaker, Dr. Quincy Krosby, is an international voice in the world of economics and market strategy, and she’ll be sharing about the current state of the economy. The following is an excerpt of an article written

Medicare Open Enrollment: October 15 – December 7

What is the Medicare  Open Enrollment Period? The Medicare Open Enrollment Period is the time during which Medicare beneficiaries can make new choices and pick plans that work best for them. Each year, Medicare plan costs and coverage typically change. In addition, your health-care needs may have changed over the past year. The open enrollment period is your opportunity to switch Medicare health and prescription drug plans to better suit your needs. When does the Medicare Open Enrollment Period start? The annual Medicare