July 01 2021

Investor Insights - July 2021

See our recap of June's key statistics and market commentary below.  Noteworthy Numbers 14.6%  The S&P Corelogic Case-Shiller home price index showed a year over year increase in home prices of 14.6% in April. This is the highest reading since the in...

June 01 2021

Investor Insights - June 2021

See our recap of May's key statistics and market commentary below.  Noteworthy Numbers 13.2%  The Case-Shiller Index, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, gained 13.2% in March, according to data released in May. This is the largest increase sinc...

May 21 2021

RMDs for Beneficiaries in Qualified Retirement Plans

When an employee in a qualified retirement plan dies, the employee’s account balance has to be distributed to the beneficiary at a certain rate over a certain timeframe. The money cannot stay in the plan forever. What is that timeframe? When do distr...

May 07 2021

Investor Insights - May 2021

See our recap of February's key statistics and market commentary below.  Noteworthy Numbers 45.8% As of April 30, FactSet reports the first quarter year over year earnings growth for companies in the S&P 500 was on track to be 45.8%. This is nearly d...

April 29 2021

Catch-Up Contributions: A Good Thing for Both Men and Women

Back in 2001, a law called the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act (EGTRRA) was passed. Some referred to it as the Bush Tax Cuts, Round One. The law had a number of provisions related to qualified retirement plans. Among these, in a sec...

April 01 2021

Investor Insights - April 2021

See our recap of February's key statistics and market commentary below.  Noteworthy Numbers An estimated $9.6 billion in goods moves through the Suez Canal each day. Traffic ground to halt for nearly a week in late March as a containership, the Ever ...

March 11 2021

Did you pay back your RMD last year? Make sure your CPA knows.

In 2020, as part of the CARES Act COVID-19 relief bill, Congress waived the requirement to take a minimum distribution from certain retirement accounts. The waiver wasn’t enacted until March, though, and by then many investors had already taken some ...

March 01 2021

Investor Insights - March 2021

See our recap of February's key statistics and market commentary below.  Noteworthy Numbers The outperformance of the S&P 500 Value index against the S&P 500 Growth index during the month of February. Value stocks, which drastically underperformed in...

February 01 2021

Investor Insights - February 2021

See our recap of January's key statistics and market commentary below.  Noteworthy Numbers According to JP Morgan, with 49.9% of companies in the S&P 500 having reported Q4 earnings so far, 84% have beaten their estimated earnings and 70% have beaten...

January 04 2021

Investor Insights - January 2021

See our recap of December's key statistics and market commentary below.  Noteworthy Numbers The S&P 500 locked in an 18.40% return in 2020, an excellent feat in any year, and even more so in year during which the global economy shut down due to a pan...