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Volatility Is Back, But That Is Normal

Yep, volatility is back. That is normal. What was not normal? The year 2017.

Look at the chart below that shows average volatility in the market. Last year had the lowest volatility in the past 25 years. During those 25 years the average daily price change was .73% compared to half of that in 2017. The market “swings” we are seeing this year may feel new, but they are normal.

What History Tells Us About Market Corrections

What History Tells Us About Market Corrections
Last year was the type of year investors dream of. Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and broad-based S&P 500 crushed the long-term historic annual returns without a single notable downtrend.

This year has been a different story. Volatility is back and we have already seen market corrections. The good news is that corrections (defined as a 10% or more decline), bear markets (an extended 20% or more decline) and other challenging patches haven’t lasted forever. Take a look at the chart below and you may be somewhat surprised.

Fear Selling…..

I hear it all the time. I hear it in my car and I hear it from some of my clients or potential clients. I have even seen it on highway billboards! I am sure you have heard it or seen it as well. If you have not (consider yourself lucky), just turn on AM radio any weekend morning or watch commercials late night on any of the major news channels.

What is it? It comes in many different sizes and shapes, but it is consistently used to advertise an investment product and always has the same theme—FEAR.

What is the NJ Exit Tax?

Retiring in New Jersey has its challenges. High property taxes, high sales tax, high income tax, and high inheritance taxes are just a few obstacles that must be considered when developing a retirement plan. While there are financial planning strategies that may help, many have decided to leave the state in the hopes of lessening these burdens.

Am I Eligible for Social Security Benefits as a Spouse?

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Am I Eligible for Social Security Benefits as a Spouse?

Social Security spousal benefits were designed to provide additional retirement income to married couples in which one spouse was a primary earner. However, the details of spousal benefits are not well-understood.

Am I Eligible for Social Security as a Surviving Spouse?

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Am I Eligible for Social Security as a surviving spouse?

If your spouse passed away and you were married to them for at least 9 months, you may be eligible for this surviving spouse social security benefit.

Home Equity and Taxes (For Single, Married, or Divorced)

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Home Equity and Taxes (For Single, Married, or Divorced)

Your home equity, how is it taxed, and what to watch out for in a divorce.

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