July 08 2020

IRS Issues Further Details on Distributions and Plan Loans Under CARES Act

The CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, allows employees affected by COVID-19 greater access to money set aside for them in employer retirement plans.  As often happens, many details of this new law were not immediately clear.  We found our...

July 01 2020

401(k) Plan Design, Employee Engagement and Corporate Financial Performance

Many companies offer 401(k) plans as a benefit to help attract and retain talented employees, but most business owners and CFOs do not look at 401(k) plans in relation to corporate profitability. The plans are treated as a necessary expense, a cost o...

June 24 2020

Last Recipient of a Civil War Pension Dies Recently at 90

The last person to be receiving a Civil War-era pension has died. Irene Triplett, of Wilkesboro, NC, died on May 31 at the age of 90 due to complications from having fallen a few days earlier, according to the Washington Post and other news outlets. ...

December 11 2019

The Pros and Cons of the Elapsed Time Method

Qualified retirement plans have a number of weird rules.  One of them is that sometimes one year doesn’t equal a year.  For instance, under the traditional hours of service crediting method, an employee can earn a year of vesting service in as little...

November 20 2019

The Stock Market’s at an All-Time High - Is Now the Time to Invest?

Buying low and selling high is easier said than done. Fear, greed, an inflated sense of forecasting and other biases constantly muddle the decisions of experts and novices alike. And yet, there’s a frequent scenario in which many investors adhere to ...

July 17 2019

What You Need to Know About Interval Funds

The investment industry is constantly evolving to bring investors unique ways of enhancing their portfolios. One of the more exciting evolutions in recent years is the advent of vehicles called interval funds. This blog will introduce you to the conc...

June 26 2019

Understanding Option Collars

Option-based collar hedges can be a great way to stay invested in stocks without exposing yourself to the same degree of losses you’d experience in a typical bear market. With the current bull market extending deep into its tenth year, the use of col...

March 13 2019

Six Easy Ways to Save AND Have a Life

As spring is on its way, after a long and cold winter, I’m excited about all the outdoor activities my family and I can start doing again. Whether it’s a day trip to historic Colonial sites, an excitement filled afternoon at an amusement park or chec...

February 20 2019

Convertible Arbitrage - What Is It and Why Should You Care?

When the stock market is late into a bull-cycle and bond yields aren’t providing enough income, investors are often left wondering where to turn. There are a number of solutions that ACG likes to include in its clients’ portfolios, and one of those s...

February 06 2019

Emotions and Money - An Uneasy Marriage

With Valentine’s Day coming up (ahhh, I’m looking forward to my favorite chocolate!), it’s time to talk about our relationship to money. The bogeyman for many people’s relationships is often money, budgeting and investing. For a lot of folks these ar...