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    Retirement Plan Participant
    Resource Center

    For more information on retirement planning, visit our Retirement Plan Participant Resource Center.
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    10/23/2021
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    Business Retirement Plan Services
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    Retirement Investors: This Back Door May Be Closing for Good

    Among the many provisions in the multi-trillion-dollar legislative package being debated in Congress is a provision that would eliminate a strategy that allows high-income investors to pursue tax-free retirement income: the so-called back-door Roth IRA.
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    10/22/2021
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    IMG Q4 2021 Investor Letter

    During the September Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, the Federal Reserve chose to delay announcing when they will start their asset-purchase tapering due to present economic uncertainties.
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    10/08/2021
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    Market and Economic Perspectives
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    Monthly Market Watch - September 2021

    U.S. markets closed lower in September; S&P500 had its largest monthly decline since March 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic prompted a selloff.
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    10/05/2021
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    Market and Economic Perspectives
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    Life Insurance at Various Life Stages

    Your need for life insurance changes as your life changes. When you're young, you typically have less need for life insurance, but that changes as you take on more responsibility and your family grows.
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    09/30/2021
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    Wealth of Insights Newsletter
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    Strategies Using Life Insurance

    Life insurance is not only about protecting your survivors in the event of your death. Depending upon the type of policy you purchase, it can also enable you to meet specific life goals.
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    09/29/2021
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    Wealth of Insights Newsletter
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    The Markets & the Economy - What We’re Watching: September 2021

    The recent jobs market report continues to highlight a slower path of recovery and is an interesting topic to watch – what is the truth behind the job recovery and the issues surrounding the notion of proper full employment?
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    09/17/2021
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    Market and Economic Perspectives
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    Strategies Using Life Insurance

    Life insurance is not only about protecting your survivors in the event of your death. Depending upon the type of policy you purchase, it can also enable you to meet specific life goals: retiring comfortably, paying for your child's education, accumulating wealth, and paying for estate costs.
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    09/07/2021
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    Insurance
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    How Much Life Insurance Do You Need?

    Your life insurance needs change as your life changes. When you are young, you may not have a need for life insurance. However, as you take on more responsibility and your family grows, your life insurance needs increase.
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    09/07/2021
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    Life Insurance…Do You Need It?

    How will my family manage financially when I die? It’s a subject no one really wants to think about but one you cannot avoid if someone depends on you financially. Life insurance is a way to protect your loved ones financially after you die and your income stops.
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    09/07/2021
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    Monthly Market Watch - August 2021

    U.S. markets closed higher in August for the eighth consecutive month, despite the continued spreading of the Delta variant globally. Stocks boded well even with restaurants’ demand and labor shortage issues.
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    09/06/2021
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    529 College Savings Plans

    529 savings plans are tax-advantaged education savings vehicles and one of the most popular ways to save for college today. They can also be used to save for K-12 tuition.
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    09/05/2021
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    College Saving Options

    It is important for parents to start putting money aside for college as early as possible. But where should you put your money? There are many possibilities, each with varied features.
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    09/04/2021
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    Six Keys to More Successful Investing

    A successful investor maximizes gain and minimizes loss. Though there can be no guarantee that any investment strategy will be successful and all investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal, here are six basic principles that may help you invest more successfully.
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    08/31/2021
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    The Markets & the Economy - What We’re Watching: August 2021

    With the amazing surge in the markets, many are asking if we have come too far too fast. The S&P 500 is up over 90% off of last year’s bottom, while the average annual return this past century is closer to 10%.
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    08/17/2021
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    Mid-Year Is a Good Time for a Financial Checkup

    The first half of 2021 is behind us. A mid-year financial checkup may be more important than ever this year. Here are some actions to consider talking to your relationship manager about to make sure that you are continuing on the right path.
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    08/05/2021
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    Monthly Market Watch - July 2021

    U.S. markets closed higher in July for the sixth consecutive month, as a strong rebound in demand continues to push corporate profits higher. Roughly half of the S&P 500 companies have reported results and companies continue to top estimates at record levels.
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    08/04/2021
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    The Markets & the Economy - What We’re Watching: July 2021

    Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit and sent us all into a tailspin, the economy has made a remarkable recovery, but we still have a ways to go to reestablish the economy’s previous growth trend.
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    07/22/2021
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    New Global Tax Accord Takes Shape

    After more than four years of international negotiations taking place mostly behind the scenes, 132 countries — representing more than 90% of worldwide gross domestic product (GDP) and including the Group of 20 (G20) large economies — recently agreed to a new plan to reform international tax laws in an effort to "ensure that multinational enterprises pay a fair share of tax wherever they operate."
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    07/21/2021
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    Should You Be Concerned About Inflation?

    If you pay attention to financial news, you are probably seeing a lot of discussion about inflation, which has reared its head in the U.S. economy after being mostly dormant for the last decade.
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    07/20/2021
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    IMG Q3 2021 Investor Letter

    Rising inflation and rate hike concerns may have made headlines several times in the first half of 2021, but investors pushed past the speculation and the equity markets posted record highs.
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    07/09/2021
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    Monthly Market Watch -June 2021

    U.S. markets closed higher in June for the fifth consecutive quarter, driven by the reopening of economies, stimulus and the central bank liquidity tailwind. Last month’s top performer, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, was June’s laggard.
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    07/06/2021
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    Special Needs Trusts

    A special needs trust (or supplemental needs trust) is an estate planning tool that can help provide for the needs of an individual who is disabled without jeopardizing his or her eligibility for government benefits.
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    06/24/2021
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    Trust and Estate Planning
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    Providing for Your Child with Special Needs After Your Death

    Preparing for the day when you won't be around to care for your family is a challenge that all parents face. But as a parent of a child with special needs, your estate planning needs are especially complex.
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    06/23/2021
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    Government-Sponsored Disability Insurance Programs

    Government-sponsored disability insurance programs are programs designed or mandated by federal, state, and local governments to provide basic income protection, and sometimes medical benefits, to disabled individuals.
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    06/23/2021
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    Managing Medical Care When Your Child Has Special Needs

    As the parent of a child with special needs, you'll face certain challenges when it comes to coordinating medical care. You may often need to act as an advocate for your child's best interests. To be effective in that role, you'll need to be prepared.
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    06/23/2021
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    Planning for the Future with an ABLE Account

    If you or a family member has a disability, you may be interested in learning about a tax-advantaged option called an ABLE account which can be used to save or invest for qualified disability expenses. Most states have launched ABLE programs, and more are in the works.
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    06/23/2021
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    When Your Child Has Special Needs

    As the parent of a child with special needs, you face many of the same challenges that any parent faces. But you'll have to cope with some unique financial, medical, educational, and legal issues as well.
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    06/22/2021
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    Trust and Estate Planning
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    Comparing Life Insurance Policies

    Like anyone else, you want a life insurance policy that meets your needs and budget. But how do you find the right policy when there are so many to choose from and many of them seem so similar? The key is knowing how to compare policies and evaluate the results.
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    06/21/2021
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    The Markets & the Economy - What We’re Watching: June 2021

    Additional positive news is being seen in job growth – hiring in the US continues to accelerate as the economic recovery gains strength as states continue to ease Covid-19 restrictions on businesses and more people are vaccinated.
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    06/14/2021
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    Retirement Confidence Remains Strong, Despite Pandemic

    Despite the economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic, American workers and retirees remain largely optimistic about their financial prospects for retirement.
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    06/03/2021
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    Monthly Market Watch - May 2021

    U.S. markets closed higher in May for the fourth consecutive month, driven by the familiar reopening, stimulus and consumption themes in the last few months. The CDC updated masks policies and by the end of the month, many cities have fully reopened.
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    06/03/2021
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    Choosing a 529 Plan

    Choosing a 529 plan means first deciding whether a college savings plan or a prepaid tuition plan appeals to you. If you decide on a prepaid tuition plan, you're generally limited to the plan offered by your state.
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    05/21/2021
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    Long-Term vs. Short-Term Disability Income Insurance

    It's hard to imagine becoming disabled, and harder still to imagine a disability lasting longer than a few weeks. But serious disabilities can last years or even a lifetime.
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    05/19/2021
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    The Markets & the Economy - What We’re Watching: May 2021

    Since our last update companies have reported their first quarter financial results. Those results, along with continued strong economic data points, drove an exceptionally strong month of April for the stock market. The S&P 500 delivered a 5.24% return for the month.
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    05/17/2021
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    Rising Inflation: Where Will It Go from Here?

    In March 2021, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.6%, the largest one-month increase since August 2012. Over the previous 12 months, the increase was 2.6%, the highest year-over-year inflation rate since August 2018.
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    05/07/2021
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    Monthly Market Watch - April 2021

    U.S. markets closed higher in April driven by the reopening of economies as vaccination momentum continued, as 44% of Americans have received one dose of the vaccine. Positive economic data also contributed to April’s gains.
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    05/06/2021
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    Enhanced Child Tax Credit for 2021

    If you have qualifying children under the age of 18, you may be able to claim a child tax credit. (You may also be able to claim a partial credit for certain other dependents who are not qualifying children.)
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    04/30/2021
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    Bonds, Interest Rates, and the Impact of Inflation

    There are two fundamental ways that you can profit from owning bonds: from the interest that bonds pay, or from any increase in the bond's price. Many people who invest in bonds because they want a steady stream of income are surprised to learn that bond prices can fluctuate, just as they do with any security traded in the secondary market.
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    04/30/2021
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    How Much Disability Income Insurance Should You Have?

    The amount of individual disability income insurance you should buy depends on three things: how much income you'll need if you become disabled, how much money you can afford to spend on premiums, and how much insurance you'll be able to purchase under the insurance company's guidelines.
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    04/30/2021
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    Do You Need Disability Income Insurance?

    People ordinarily buy property and casualty insurance to protect their possessions (houses, cars, and furniture) and life insurance to provide income for their survivors. However, many people don't think about protecting their income with disability income insurance.
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    04/30/2021
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    Disability Income Insurance: Typical Policy Features

    Although there is no such thing as a standard disability policy, you're likely to see most of the following terms, conditions, and benefits included and explained in most individual disability contracts.
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    04/30/2021
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    Divorce and Estate Planning

    Wills for both spouses are often drawn up sometime during the marriage--particularly if there are children involved. When divorce is contemplated, the selection of beneficiaries and executors will likely be revised to reflect the absence of your former spouse.
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    04/26/2021
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    High-Frequency Indicators: Where to Look for Signs of Recovery

    Since the pandemic began, disruptions in business activity have varied greatly from region to region, and often from one week to the next, according to the severity of local COVID-19 outbreaks. Unfortunately, many of the official government statistics used to gauge the health of the U.S. economy are backward looking and somewhat delayed.
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    04/09/2021
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    IMG Q2 2021 Investor Letter

    As of early April, nearly 34% of the US population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, and nearly 20% of the population is fully vaccinated. It was a long winter, but optimism is being felt not only in the vaccination acceleration rate, but also with economic normalization in sight.
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    04/08/2021
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    Monthly Market Watch - March 2021

    The quarter ended higher in March driven by continued vaccine optimism as U.S. and U.K. rollouts accelerated. President Biden also signed a $1.9T U.S. stimulus bill, injecting the markets with significant fiscal support.
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    04/06/2021
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    Six Keys to More Successful Investing

    Though there can be no guarantee that any investment strategy will be successful and all investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal, here are six basic principles that may help you invest more successfully.
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    03/25/2021
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    Determining Eligibility for Social Security Benefits

    Before you receive any Social Security benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will need to determine your eligibility. Remember that Social Security is an insurance system designed to pay you benefits during times of economic hardship.
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    03/25/2021
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    American Rescue Plan Act Provides Relief to Individuals and Businesses

    On Thursday, March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA 2021) was signed into law. This is a $1.9 trillion emergency relief package that includes payments to individuals and funding for federal programs, vaccines and testing, state and local governments, and schools.
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    03/24/2021
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    Due Date for Federal Income Tax Returns and Payments Postponed to May 17

    Due to the unusual conditions related to the coronavirus pandemic, the due date for individuals to file 2020 federal income tax returns and make tax payments has been postponed by the IRS from Thursday, April 15, 2021, to Monday, May 17, 2021.
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    03/23/2021
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    A Guide to Potential Tax Law Changes - Income Tax

    President Biden has proposed a number of initiatives during his presidential campaign surrounding tax increases for individuals with high income. More specifically, for individuals with income over $400,000 will be greatly affected.
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    03/22/2021
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    A Guide to Potential Tax Law Changes - Estate and Gift Tax

    The federal lifetime gift tax exemption amount is the amount individuals can gift away during their lifetimes without having to pay any gift taxes on the transfer to the individuals. The lifetime gift tax exemption is unified with the federal estate tax exemption amount, which is the total amount that can be excluded from estate taxes at death.
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    03/21/2021
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    A Guide to Potential Tax Law Changes - Business

    Clients have different levels of wealth and business complexities, so the potential tax law changes will have varying impacts on estate and income tax planning. The goal of this piece is to give a high level explanation of the more relevant changes that impact most of our lending customers.
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    03/20/2021
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    The Markets & the Economy - What We’re Watching: March 2021

    A year ago, our country plunged into a deep recession as our economy shuttered in the wake of a global pandemic. Today, with COVID cases declining, vaccine development and distribution accelerating, our economy continues to heal and to grow, generating a palpable wave of guarded optimism across our country.
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    03/15/2021
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    American Rescue Plan Act Provides Relief to Individuals and Businesses

    On Thursday, March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA 2021) was signed into law. This is a $1.9 trillion emergency relief package that includes payments to individuals and funding for federal programs, vaccines and testing, state and local governments, and schools.
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    03/14/2021
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    Revisiting the 4% Rule

    Saving for retirement is not easy, but using your retirement savings wisely can be just as challenging. How much of your savings can you withdraw each year? Withdraw too much and you run the risk of running out of money. Withdraw too little and you may miss out on a more comfortable retirement lifestyle.
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    03/08/2021
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    401(k) In-Plan Roth Conversions

    A 401(k) in-plan Roth conversion (also called an "in-plan Roth rollover") allows you to transfer the non-Roth portion of your 401(k) account into a designated Roth account within the same plan.
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    03/07/2021
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    Estimating Your Retirement Income Needs

    You know how important it is to plan for your retirement, but where do you begin? One of your first steps should be to estimate how much income you'll need to fund your retirement. That's not as easy as it sounds, because retirement planning is not an exact science. Your specific needs depend on your goals and many other factors.
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    03/05/2021
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    Healthcare in Retirement

    Health care in retirement is available from many sources. Government programs (such as Medicaid and Medicare) offer numerous health care benefits. However, you may need to purchase supplemental health insurance or Medigap, as well.
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    Insurance Needs in Retirement

    Your goals and priorities will probably change as you plan to retire. Along with them, your insurance needs may change as well. Retirement is typically a good time to review the different parts of your insurance program and make any changes that might be needed.
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    Introduction to Retirement Planning

    Retirement planning involves an analysis of the various choices you can make today to help provide for your financial future. To make appropriate choices, you need to predict--as well as you can--your future economic circumstances.
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    Investment Planning throughout Retirement

    Investment planning during retirement is not the same as investing for retirement and, in many ways, is more complicated. Your working years are your saving years. With luck, your income increases from year to year as you receive promotions and/or pay raises; those increases offer some protection against rising costs caused by inflation.
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    Monthly Market Watch - February 2021

    Markets closed higher in February overall despite a dip towards the end of the month. Optimism persisted as Covid infections and hospitalization rates trended lower, the vaccine rollout accelerated, and a third vaccine was approved by the FDA in the U.S.
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    03/04/2021
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    Are You Covered If . . . ?

    If something just happened and you need to know if you're covered, you should immediately call your insurer or agent or take a look at your policy. But if you're simply wondering what's covered (and what's not) for future reference, you might start by familiarizing yourself with some real-life scenarios.
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    03/02/2021
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    Setting a Retirement Savings Goal

    Many Americans realize the importance of saving for retirement, but knowing exactly how much they need to save is another issue altogether. With all the information available about retirement, it is sometimes difficult to decipher what is appropriate for your specific situation.
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    02/25/2021
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    The Markets & the Economy - What We’re Watching: February 2021

    We are only in February, yet a lot has happened this year. As you plan for your financial future, it helps to observe what happened in the past to understand what might be best for your future, as well as putting together a guide to help you achieve your goals.
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    02/16/2021
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    GameStop, Reddit, and Market Mania: What You Need to Know

    Over the course of 11 trading days from January 13 to January 28, 2021, the stock of GameStop, a struggling brick-and-mortar video game retailer, skyrocketed by more than 2,200% — creating a mix of excitement and concern throughout the financial world.
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    02/09/2021
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    Federal Tax Filing Season Starts This Week

    The IRS has announced that the federal income tax filing season for tax year 2020 returns begins on Friday, February 12, 2021.
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    02/08/2021
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    Monthly Market Watch - January 2021

    January started strong with the S&P 500 hitting a new all-time high, but the index gave back gains by the end of the month. U.S. economic data was mixed for January; and as expected, the Federal Reserve (Fed) held the benchmark rate near zero this month, and said the pace of economic recovery and employment have moderated.
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    02/03/2021
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    Financial Aid Changes on the Horizon

    The U.S. Department of Education has designated February as Financial Aid Awareness Month, and this year there's a lot to talk about. Learn more about what is included in the recently passed, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.
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    02/02/2021
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    Buying an Existing Business

    Unlike a new business, an existing business will likely have a product or service that is familiar to consumers, suppliers, lenders, and employees. Similarly, the business will, hopefully, have established "goodwill".
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    02/01/2021
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    Creating an Investment Portfolio

    You've identified your goals and done some basic research. You understand the difference between a stock and a bond. But how do you actually go about creating an investment portfolio?
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    01/28/2021
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    Claiming Life Insurance Benefits

    Life insurance benefits are not automatic. If you are the beneficiary of a life insurance policy (usually your spouse's or other family member's policy), you must file a claim to receive any money.
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    01/26/2021
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    The Transition into Retirement

    The transition into retirement is when you are changing from your full-time working years to your retirement years. If retirement is approaching, you may have to make numerous decisions.
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    01/21/2021
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    IMG Q1 2021 Investor Letter

    From everyone here at IMG we hope you enjoyed your Holiday season and your New Year is off to a great start. While many individuals and businesses struggled in 2020, we remain optimistic 2021 will bring promise to an improved future.
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    Setting Financial and Investment Goals

    Setting goals is a very important part of life in general and in financial planning in particular. Before you actually invest your money, you should spend some time considering and setting your personal financial goals.
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    01/05/2021
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    Monthly Market Watch - December 2020

    The month and year ended on a positive note, with the S&P and Dow closing 2020 at record levels while the NASDAQ was up ~44% for the year.
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    What Will You Pay for Medicare in 2021?

    Medicare premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts change annually. Here's a look at some of the costs that will apply in 2021 if you're enrolled in Original Medicare Part A and Part B.
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    12/29/2020
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    Year-End Charitable Giving

    With the holiday season upon us and the end of the year approaching, we pause to give thanks for our blessings and the people in our lives. It is also a time when charitable giving often comes to mind.
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    12/22/2020
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    The Markets & the Economy: What We’re Watching – December 18, 2020

    Vaccine optimism remains elevated ahead of another expected emergency use authorization for the Moderna candidate.
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    Determining the Value of Your Business

    The basic concept of valuation is to determine a justifiable dollar value or price for a total or partial interest in your closely held business. Because valuing a business is so important, you should be very careful when selecting an appraiser.
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    12/15/2020
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    The Markets & the Economy: What We’re Watching – December 11, 2020

    This week, broader markets continued their march higher with investors focused on a return to stronger economic growth and healthier corporate earnings in the year ahead.
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    12/10/2020
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    The Markets & the Economy: What We’re Watching – December 4, 2020

    November marked a historic month in the stock market - the S&P 500 year to date through November 30th was up 14.02%, November alone rose 10.95%.
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    2020 Tax Savings Strategies

    As 2020 comes to an end and the presidential election is behind us, we are still left with the uncertainty of how the Senate will be controlled due to the two run-off elections in Georgia in early January 2021.
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    Monthly Market Watch - November 2020

    November saw a post-U.S. election rally alongside remarkable results from the first Phase 3 trials from vaccine candidates driving equities to new highs globally.
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    12/04/2020
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    Annuities and Retirement Planning

    You may have heard that IRAs and employer-sponsored plans (e.g., 401(k)s) are the best ways to invest for retirement. That's true for many people, but what if you've maxed out your contributions to those accounts and want to save more?
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    11/23/2020
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    The Markets & the Economy: What We’re Watching – November 20, 2020

    This week Covid-19 cases are rising across the country and fears of more shutdowns loom, but positive vaccine news was released from Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech fueling optimism.
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    11/20/2020
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    Transferring Your Family Business

    As a business owner, you're going to have to decide when will be the right time to step out of the family business and how you'll do it.
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    11/18/2020
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    The Markets & the Economy: What We’re Watching – November 13, 2020

    As we learned over last weekend, former Vice President Joe Biden is projected to be the 46th President of the United States.
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    11/13/2020
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    The Markets & the Economy: What We’re Watching – November 6, 2020

    What a week it has been. We noted in last week’s email that we expected the road to the next President was going to be a wild ride and it certainly has been!
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    11/06/2020
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    Monthly Market Watch - October 2020

    As the race continues across the globe to produce a COVID-19 vaccine, stocks closed lower for a consecutive second month.
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    11/04/2020
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    The Markets & the Economy: What We’re Watching – October 30, 2020

    The final countdown to the election has begun and we are prepared to see a wild ride until and possibly beyond the November 3rd date!
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    10/29/2020
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    Webinar: Q3 Market Updates & Election Watch

    Watch this webinar to learn about Q3 Market Updates & Election Watch.
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    10/22/2020
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    The New Estate Tax Rules and Your Estate Plan

    The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the 2010 Tax Act) included new gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax provisions.
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    10/21/2020
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    Conducting a Periodic Review of Your Estate Plan

    With your estate plan successfully implemented, one final but critical step remains: carrying out a periodic review and update.
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    10/19/2020
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    The Markets & the Economy: What We’re Watching – October 16, 2020

    Negotiations on another round of fiscal stimulus to support the economy remain stalled.
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    10/15/2020
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    IMG Q4 2020 Investor Letter

    Recently, in our weekly The Markets and the Economy series we’ve been reflecting on the concept of uncertainty and preparing for an uncertain future.
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    10/09/2020
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    Monthly Market Watch - September 2020

    Markets gave back last month’s gains and closed lower in September as mega cap technology stocks struggled and a renewed global uptick in COVID-19 cases created concerns despite vaccine trials progressing.
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    10/08/2020
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    The Markets & the Economy: What We’re Watching – October 2, 2020

    There is no shortage of news on the impact the coronavirus has had on the markets and the economy, the health of our people and more.
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    10/02/2020
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    The Markets & the Economy: What We’re Watching – September 25, 2020

    Uncertainty is a state of being that is not new to us. We all have experienced it in some way shape or form whether personally, or from a distance.
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    09/25/2020
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    Loan Rescue to the Rescue

    Cash accumulation in a life insurance policy is valuable and tax advantaged. Loans on those cash values are actually a great way of utilizing the funds.
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    09/23/2020
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    Presidential Candidate’s Tax Policy Review

    With the presidential election looming, we took a closer look at how the current and proposed tax laws from President Trump compare to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s proposals.
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    09/22/2020
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    The Markets & the Economy: What We’re Watching – September 18, 2020

    It has been just over six months since “stay-at-home” orders shut down the economy in an effort to contain the spread of Covid-19.
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    09/18/2020
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    The Markets & the Economy: What We’re Watching – September 11, 2020

    There is no question the coronavirus pandemic resulted in a severe global economic contraction.
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    09/11/2020
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    Monthly Market Watch - August 2020

    Stocks rebounded despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic due to the central bank liquidity tailwind, massive fiscal stimulus, vaccine optimism, and positive economic readings.
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    09/08/2020
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    The Markets & the Economy: What We’re Watching – September 4, 2020

    Americans started to re-enter the housing market with US home builders starting construction on homes at a higher rate from the prior month.
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    09/04/2020
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    The Markets & the Economy: What We’re Watching – August 28, 2020

    The Federal Reserve announced Thursday a significant policy shift, confirming it is willing to have inflation run above its goal of 2% “for some time”.
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    08/28/2020
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    The Markets & the Economy: What We’re Watching – August 21, 2020

    Covid-19 has brought upon significant economic damage, unemployment rates never seen in history, and a rising US budget deficit, but the stock market is beating all odds.
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    08/21/2020
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    The Markets & the Economy: What We’re Watching – August 14, 2020

    The unemployment rate and the state of the coronavirus are closely linked, with one effecting the other.
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    08/14/2020
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    The Markets & the Economy: What We’re Watching – August 7, 2020

    Earnings continue to be reported (roughly 75% of S&P 500 thus far) with US companies beating expectations.
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    08/06/2020
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    Monthly Market Watch - July 2020

    As the world continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. domestic markets closed higher in the month of July.
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    08/05/2020
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    IMG Quarterly Investor Letter – Q3 - 2020

    Q2 surprised us all by rebounding to historic highs, almost washing away any setbacks we endured during the first quarter.
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    07/10/2020
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    Monthly Market Watch - June 2020

    The S&P 500 Index rose +1.99% on a total return basis in the month of June.
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    07/03/2020
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    Webinar: COVID-19 Impact to Retirement Portfolios

    Watch this webinar to learn about the impact COVID-19 has had on retirement portfolios.
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    07/02/2020
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    The Markets & the Economy: What We’re Watching – July 2, 2020

    The market posted solid gains this week with Nasdaq experiencing its best quarter since Q2 2001.
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    The Markets & the Economy: What We’re Watching – June 26, 2020

    The health of our country and the health of our economy are inextricably co-dependent and in the forefront.
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    06/26/2020
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    RMDs: To Waive or Not to Waive…That is the Question

    Learn more about required minimum distribution options available to you in light of changes from the CARES Act.
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    06/25/2020
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    Planning is About Living

    Lessons the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us. Helpful information about developing a plan for protection later in life.
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    06/24/2020
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    Comparing Long-Term Care Insurance Policies

    Comparing LTCI policies is a lot easier when you know what to look for.
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    06/23/2020
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    Determining the Need for Long-Term Care Insurance – How Much is Enough?

    When considering the purchase of LTCI, you'll need to pay particular attention to the benefit amount and to the benefit period.
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    06/22/2020
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    The Markets & the Economy: What We’re Watching – June 19, 2020

    Positive week and month for the S&P 500, but it is down for the year after last week’s selloff.
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    The Markets & the Economy: What We’re Watching – June 12, 2020

    As our economy started to reopen, some states have experienced an uptick in COVID-19 cases.
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    The Markets & the Economy: Video Message from David Smith, CFA Chief Investment Officer – June 5, 2020

    Watch the video message from David Smith.
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    Monthly Market Watch - May 2020

    U.S. domestic markets extended their rebound into May.
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    06/1/2020
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    Introduction to Estate Planning

    Estate planning is a method for determining how to distribute your property during your life and at your death.
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    05/23/2020
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    Update: Coronavirus and The Markets - What We’re Watching – May 22, 2020

    Stocks were volatile this week and opened a bit lower today amid fears of rising US-China tensions.
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    Watch Out for Coronavirus Scams

    Fraudsters and scam artists are always looking for new ways to prey on consumers.
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    05/21/2020
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    Key Estate Planning Documents You Need

    There are five estate planning documents you may need, regardless of your age, health, or wealth.
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    05/20/2020
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    Asset Protection in Estate Planning

    You're beginning to accumulate substantial wealth, but you worry about protecting it from future potential creditors.
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    Handling Market Volatility

    Though there’s no foolproof way to handle the ups and downs of the stock market, the following common sense tips can help.
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    There’s Still Time to Contribute to an IRA for 2019

    Even though tax filing season is well under way, there’s still time to make a regular IRA contribution for 2019.
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    Update: Coronavirus and The Markets - What We’re Watching – May 15, 2020

    Everyone is itching to get back to some semblance of normalcy after a few months of quarantined life.
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    Update: Coronavirus and The Markets - What We’re Watching – May 8, 2020

    The groundhog-like days may be coming to an end for some of us as we start to see progress in the data.
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    Monthly Market Watch - April 2020

    U.S. domestic markets finished sharply higher in April, largely erasing March declines.
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    05/2/2020
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    A message from Dave Smith, Chief Investment Officer - May 1, 2020

    Watch the video message from David Smith.
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    Update: Coronavirus and The Markets - What We’re Watching – April 24, 2020

    Two leading topics this week were the market’s reaction to the oil war and establishing steps to reopen the economy.
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    Update: Coronavirus and The Markets - What We’re Watching – April 17, 2020

    Are the peaks behind us? Are we really starting to see a flattening of the curve?
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    The CARES Act: Special rules for Retirement Plans, Tax Payments, Charitable Deductions & Recovery Rebate

    Learn more about The CARES Act special rules.
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    04/16/2020
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    CARES Act Provides Relief to Individuals and Businesses

    On Friday, March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law.
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    04/02/2020
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    IMG Quarterly Investor Letter – Q2 - 2020

    A look back on our markets and economy over the first quarter of 2020.
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    04/01/2020
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    TAX PLANNING: Four end of year tax savings strategies to consider that could make a significant impact on your tax liability.

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    11/29/2019
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    INSURANCE PLANNING - SUCCESS STORY: Reviewing your insurance policies as your needs change over time is key to making sure they continue to meet your expectations and goals.

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