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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

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

CARES Act Drastically Changes Required Minimum Distribution Rules For 2020

This helpful article from FORBES.com is a good starting point for questions regarding the changes in the CARES Act for 2020. The CARES Act essentially suspended required minimum distributions (RMDs) for 2020 across the board. However, there have been a lot of questions about what this means for those who already took out distributions, and the impact on taxes and inherited accounts. It is important to remember that the CARES Act is a relief bill, and by suspending 2020 RMDs,

Understanding Social Security

Understanding Social Security

Approximately 68 million people today receive some form of Social Security benefits, including retirement, disability, survivor, and family benefits. (Source: Fast Facts & Figures About Social Security, 2019) Although most people receiving Social Security are retired, you and your family members may be eligible for benefits at any age, depending on your circumstances. How does Social Security work? The Social Security system is based on a simple premise: Throughout your career, you pay a portion of your earnings into a

Time to Fear the Coronavirus?

Monday, fear over the Coronavirus finally gripped investors, as both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 index fell over 3% – the largest daily declines in two years. These drops wiped out all the gains for the year. Frankly, it’s amazing to us that the market had been so resilient! Maybe it’s because recent history with stocks and viruses is that markets overreact leading to significant buying opportunities along the way. Over a 38-day trading period during the

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

Share Your Plans!

In my opinion, there is nothing more difficult to accomplish during a time of intense stress than trying to put finances in order.  The stress that I’m referring to in this instance is the death or disability of a loved one.  Perhaps you’re a spouse who has lost a partner, a child who has lost a parent, or a dear friend trying to pick up the pieces of a life. Over the years, we all tend to accumulate things –  financial assets, property such as our home, vehicles, jewelry

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