Tag: Markets

Be Prepared for a Potentially Wild Third Quarter

After falling precipitously in the first quarter, the S&P 500 Index added 20% during the second, making for the best quarter since 1998 and the best second quarter since 1938. What comes next is anyone’s guess.

The Financial Services Industry Can Help Tackle Economic Inequality

Each U.S. household in the bottom half of the wealth distribution has only $20,000 of net worth, on average, a figure that represents less than 0.1% of those at the very top. Helping more people to own homes and to invest even modestly in the stock market are seen as critical steps to closing that gap.

Some Comforting Lessons for Retirement Plan Investors

Data from leading retirement plan recordkeepers shows 401(k) and IRA accounts have seen smaller losses than many broad market indices, thanks in no small part to the efforts of plan sponsors and their advisers. Corporate pensions have also fared better than their public counterparts.

Hard Lessons About Liquidity Buckets and Cash

The middle of a severe bout of market volatility is not the right time to build a bucket strategy or an annuity income stream, but times like these clearly demonstrate why such strategies are important for late-career workers and new retirees.