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What Should You Do When Markets Hit New Highs?

2016 began with a bang (in a bad way) — with the stock market falling in a hurry. In fact, it was the worst 10 day start to a calendar year in history. From the beginning of the year to January 15th, the U.S. stock market (as measured by the S&P 500 Index) had dropped over 8%.  The S&P 500 hit its low for 2016 on February 11th, 6 closing at 1829.08, a decline in excess of 10.5% for the year.

Are You Caught in the Middle?

Many clients today are caught in the “sandwich generation” where they are caring for elderly parents as well as their children. An important thing for these caregivers to remember is to care for themselves! As in the safety discussion on an airplane, you put on your own oxygen mask first. You can’t help anyone else when you don’t have enough oxygen yourself.

Good News for Retirement Savers

Many Americans who rely on financial professionals to manage their investments have long assumed their advisors are providing them with the very best financial advice.

Unfortunately, too often that has not been the case.

Some advisors are obligated to put their clients’ interests first when making financial recommendations, but many others are not.

All About 401(k)

In a lawsuit that took eight years to wind its way to the Supreme Court, 401(k) sponsors were essentially told that they need to be more diligent about the fees that mutual funds are charging their employees' 401(k) accounts. This is a promising development for employees because too many workplace retirement savings plans are stuffed with expensive investment choices.