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Affordable Housing Crisis Challenges

By admin | April 7, 2020 | Comments Off on Affordable Housing Crisis Challenges

There are several factors contributing to the current housing shortage in the U.S. For starters, low inventory of existing homes for sale has driven up the prices of available housing, leaving many first- and second-time homebuyers unable to afford to buy or trade up. Housing permits for new construction have risen throughout the past couple…

The Future of Transportation

By W.A. Smith Financial | April 1, 2020 |

The United States is a very large, land-mass country. Yet, it offers few options in terms of coast-to-coast mass public transit, particularly compared to other developed countries. Europe’s countries tend to be smaller and their cities more dense, making them more transit-friendly. Asian countries made enormous government investments in urban rail networks just as their…

Inheriting a 401(k) Plan

By admin | March 24, 2020 | Comments Off on Inheriting a 401(k) Plan

Within the scope of an investment portfolio, the commonplace 401(k) may seem to be a simplistic account. But it’s not, especially when it comes to estate and legacy planning. The named beneficiary on the plan will inherit your 401(k) regardless of your will’s instructions. And from there, a spectrum of various choices emerge based on…

Your Vote, Your Investment

By admin | March 17, 2020 | Comments Off on Your Vote, Your Investment

Here’s some food for thought regarding the aftermath of Watergate: “The great paradox of one of the worst presidential scandals of the 20th century was that it forced candidates to stop attacking each other and start persuading the nation that they could be trusted.”1 Wouldn’t it be nice if the 2020 elections followed this same…

The Coronavirus and Other Oddball Risks

By admin | March 10, 2020 | Comments Off on The Coronavirus and Other Oddball Risks

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. One of the most recent threats to the global business economy, and therefore investors, is the coronavirus and its far-reaching impact. China, home to much of the world’s…

Climate Change: A World of Opportunity

By admin | March 3, 2020 | Comments Off on Climate Change: A World of Opportunity

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 heels of Davos…

2020 Market Update: Reversal of Sentiment

By admin | February 25, 2020 | Comments Off on 2020 Market Update: Reversal of Sentiment

After making a bunch of gloom-and-doom predictions about the markets in 2019, with fears of a pending recession, Wall Street money managers have a considerably more brightened outlook for 2020. Indeed, recent indicators have heightened expectations for U.S. economic growth this year. For example, the Conference Board is predicting a 2.1% rise in the gross…

Student Loan Debt Affects More Than Millennials

By admin | February 18, 2020 | Comments Off on Student Loan Debt Affects More Than Millennials

Common sense would suggest older workers have a much easier time saving than young adults. They are more likely to have already purchased a home, put kids through college and, by that point, are putting more money away for retirement. A recent study by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies confirms this is true, but…

RMD Considerations

By admin | February 11, 2020 | Comments Off on RMD Considerations

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…

Assessing the Role of Government

By admin | February 4, 2020 | Comments Off on Assessing the Role of Government

Recently, President Trump bemoaned the inconveniences of low-flow toilets, showers, dishwashers and energy-efficient lightbulbs – all implemented in the wake of government regulation aimed toward conservation efforts.1 One issue in the political divide between parties is disagreement about the role of government in the economy. When Congress passes legislation or the administration’s Cabinet departments impose…

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