What We Gain From Adversity

In the risk management field, there is a theory called “black swan,” which is basically what happens when something completely unexpected occurs. In hindsight, economists rationalize that the signs were there and the occurrence was entirely feasible. But in the wake of this utterly disruptive event, dramatic changes occur. The coronavirus is not considered a…

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Survival of the Fittest

The coronavirus pandemic worsened income and wealth disparity in the U.S.1 However, if you were on a good path for retirement planning and financial stability, chances are you were in the group that came out ahead. According to the latest Retirement Confidence Survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), a majority of retirees and…

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The COVID Vaccine, 50 Years in the Making

Back in the 1970s, a Hungarian scientist named Katalin Kariko began working on mRNA therapeutics, but her research was believed to be too radical and a financial risk. Years later, she moved to the U.S. and found better support. It was then that Kariko developed a vaccine approach using synthetic mRNA, which became the basis…

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What’s Driving Oil Prices?

Oil prices are influenced by supply and demand, and 2020 was a great demonstration of this principle. With global and local shutdowns due to the spread of the coronavirus, there was less demand for products and services. While online shopping was up, foot traffic in stores languished and retailers – both local and nationwide –…

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Insurance Industry Updates

Life Insurance A recent insurance survey conducted by the Life Insurance Marketing and Research Association (LIMRA) found that one-third of consumers were considering buying life insurance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The rate was higher among African American respondents (38% versus 31% of Caucasians), which wasn’t a surprising statistic given that 56% of African Americans…

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Gen X Prepares to Ascend the Throne

Generation X, comprised of adults between the ages of 40 and 55, have entered their prime earning years while at the same time enjoying a bull market for stocks. This demographic represents about a quarter of households in the U.S. (26.8%) and a similar share of household net worth (26.9%). However, many economists see Gen…

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U.S. Supply Chain Crunch

Throughout the past 60 years, the microchip has influenced the manufacturing of a wide variety of products that touch nearly every consumer these days. From computers to cell phones to cars, the chip is now the most critical and costly component of modern-day electronic devices. However, the majority of chip production occurs overseas, which means…

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Investment Consolidation Strategies

Throughout investment industry and financial media sources we constantly hear the message that our money should be diversified. By spreading assets throughout a number of different vehicles, we can take advantage of various market opportunities while helping protect them from some investment risks. But how much diversification is too much? And what exactly should it…

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How to Increase Tax Revenue Without Increasing Tax Rates

A recent article in The New York Times tackled the challenge of how the federal government can pay for its list of to-do items, such as nationwide infrastructure updates, investing in clean energy, ensuring every American has access to affordable health care and paying down the massive $28.1 trillion in debt.1 The recommendation was simple:…

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Social Security Proposals and Strategies

As the Social Security Trust Fund approaches its expiration date, many existing entities are offering helpful suggestions for funding alternatives. For example, the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) recommends a combination of changing how cost of living adjustments are made, delaying retirement age and updating the delayed credit strategy. Among its proposals, the AMAC…

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