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Recovery: Covid-19 First, Then the Economy

By safeguard | August 7, 2020 |

The World Health Organization recently reported that while some countries have made effective inroads to contain COVID-19 within their borders, the pandemic is still well on the rise throughout the world.1   Perhaps one of the most debilitating impacts of today’s global economy is that one country’s problem is now every country’s problem. Because business…

U.S. Virus Response Compared to the World

By safeguard | August 6, 2020 |

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a struggle around the world, and the United States is no exception. It is worth looking at individual factors to gauge just where we stand now.   The foremost concern is how the U.S. is weathering the pandemic. Initially, the crisis was concentrated in larger urban areas, which makes sense.…

What the Increasing National Debt Could Mean

By Safeguard Investment | July 24, 2020 |

If you’d like to see a snapshot of what’s going on with national debt versus revenue, check out the U.S. Debt Clock.   While there’s a lot moving on one screen, you can take a look at individual blocks to see how much the U.S. takes in via tax revenues compared to what it pays…

What Might Be Next – Inflation or Deflation?

By teri | June 30, 2020 |

Consumer prices fell by 0.8% on a seasonally adjusted basis in April, the biggest drop in more than a dozen years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Conversely, prices for grocery items jumped 2.6%, the highest one-month increase in 46 years, with eggs rising by 16%.1   What’s going on here? Well, the devil is…

Post- Pandemic Job Market

By teri | June 17, 2020 |

While millions of workers have been laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of those employers will be reopening and may or may not rehire those let go. Much depends on the direction of the outbreak: If it slows, then a phased rehiring could follow; if contagion ramps up, then many people could be…

Are the Stock Market and the Economy Out of Sync?

By teri | June 9, 2020 |

  In normal times, the stock market is often a reflection of the economy. But these are not normal times. Even though April was marked by a global shutdown of businesses, rampant unemployment and low economic growth, the S&P 500 Index ended the month up 12.9%. This represented the highest one-month gain since 1987 and…

Contingency Plans to Help Weather the Unexpected

By teri | April 24, 2020 |

  Financial advisors often tell clients to keep an emergency fund of liquid assets, with enough to cover three to six months of living expenses. It makes you wonder why America’s largest companies don’t maintain a similar practice, with three to six months of emergency savings to help keep workers on payroll during difficult times.…

Insuring Income During The COVID-19 Outbreak

By teri | April 9, 2020 |

  As the COVID-19 strain of the coronavirus flows through our nation’s population, many Americans may find themselves working shorter shifts, working from home, on paid or unpaid medical leave, furloughed or even laid off. While additional remedies from federal, state and local governments may be forthcoming to help households sustain financial stability, there are…

The Coronavirus and Other Risks

By teri | March 20, 2020 |

One of the reasons investing never gets boring is because it is an ever-changing, never-sleeping industry that presents new opportunities — and new risks — every day.   China, home to much of the world’s manufacturing, has been hard hit by the epidemic. In its wake, travel has been one of the first casualties. This…

Climate Change: A World of Opportunity

By teri | March 6, 2020 |

    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the amount of heat stored in the upper levels of the ocean reached an all-time high in 2019. This is a primary factor that contributes to the rise in sea levels. Furthermore, the world’s five warmest years have all occurred since 2015.1   On the…

RMD Considerations

By teri | February 27, 2020 |

With people living longer and benefiting from the long-running bull market, there are more factors to consider in taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) from retirement accounts. The traditional IRA, SEP IRA and 401(k) plans offer tax deductions on contributions and tax-deferred growth on earnings during the accumulation phase, but eventually the government wants you to…

Financial Tips For 2020

By teri | February 21, 2020 |

The U.S. has enjoyed 10 years of a booming stock market and a growing economy. It’s too early to tell how 2020 will look, but there are some signs that it doesn’t look quite as promising. Between warnings of a possible economic pullback and a contentious presidential election year, investors may want to consider financial…

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