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By Safeguard Investment Advisory Group | June 9, 2017

Life has its highs and lows. Sometimes when we go for a long stretch — everybody in the family is healthy, finances are on track, you’re enjoying yourself — we get that nagging feeling that our good fortune just can’t last. Often, that’s true. There’s inevitably a repair needed on your car, an appliance breaks…

The Fiduciary Standard: What It Means

By Safeguard Investment Advisory Group | May 17, 2017

Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor published the final regulation of what is known as the “Fiduciary Rule,” delaying implementation for 60 days from its scheduled start date. The newly expanded definition of fiduciary investment advice is scheduled to go into effect June 9, 2017.1 The rule holds certain financial professionals to a fiduciary standard…

How Government Regulations May Impact the “Average Joe”

By Safeguard Investment Advisory Group | May 9, 2017

We tend to take government regulations for granted. They can be annoying, like having to sign the HIPAA privacy notice before a doctor’s visit, or time consuming, like the yearly requirement of filing a tax return. In fact, there’s a near-even split among Americans who think we don’t have enough regulation of the financial industry…

Trends in the ETF Market

By Safeguard Investment Advisory Group | April 25, 2017

In recent months, there has been a recent movement out of actively managed investments into passively managed instruments such as exchange-traded funds. Globally, ETFs gained more than $270 billion in 2016.1 An ETF is a single investment vehicle that tracks all of the securities within an index, a commodity, bonds or a group of assets…

What Is a “Safe” Retirement Withdrawal Rate?

By Safeguard Investment Advisory Group | April 18, 2017

In an investment portfolio, the withdrawal rate is the monetary percentage from which a retiree draws from his account each year. A “safe” withdrawal rate is a fixed percentage distributed as a systematic withdrawal that reasonably expects portfolio funds to last throughout the retiree’s lifetime. When determining your personal retirement withdrawal rate, it’s important to…

Medicare Reform Outlook: Uncertain

By Safeguard Investment Advisory Group | April 6, 2017

With a new administration in the nation’s highest office, there is growing debate about Medicare reform. The federal program, which helps provide health insurance to those over 65 and certain younger people with disabilities, is partially funded by participant premiums and a 1.45 percent payroll tax, matched by employers. Yet, it routinely exceeds its funding…

How Much Can a U.S. President Do?

By Safeguard Investment Advisory Group | March 1, 2017

Donald Trump has a broad presidential agenda that encompasses foreign trade, immigration, deregulation, taxes and investment in U.S. infrastructure. These policies are poised to impact certain industries over others, such as health care, energy, financial services and technology.1 Every presidential candidate enters the campaign with a platform of changes and priorities, which presumably dominate the…

For the Health of Marriage

By Safeguard Investment Advisory Group | February 10, 2017

Turns out marriage can do more for your heart than fill it with love. A recent study found that, among other health benefits, married people have a higher probability of surviving a stroke.1 They are also more likely to survive major surgery, have fewer heart attacks, be less likely to have advanced cancer when diagnosed…

Helping Make Your Retirement Money Last

By Safeguard Investment Advisory Group | January 31, 2017

For every five years longer a retiree lives, he or she spends about 15 percent less on average. This means that people in their 70s spend about half of what they do in their 50s. Even with the ramp-up in medical expenses that often comes later in life, retirees still tend to spend less as…

The Stock Market in Volatile Times

By Safeguard Investment Advisory Group | January 23, 2017

You’ve likely heard a few clichés when it comes to investing: stay the course; buy right and hold tight; time is more valuable than money; etc. The point is clear, if your investments align with your goals, timeline and risk tolerance, then there may be no reason to make changes to your portfolio when the…

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