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Q3|2019 Market Commentary
  • Most people enjoy the idea of “R and R” (Rest and Relaxation).  The financial markets are contemplating “R or R” (Recession or Resilience).  If 2020 is a recessionary year, it will be the most anticipated recession ever which is not usually how recessions occur. Uncertainty continues to weigh on the global economy predominately impacting business fixed investment.  Trade challenges have definitely had a negative impact on manufacturing as seen through sluggish global Purchasing Managers Institute numbers.  On the bright side, service activity and consumer spending have persisted.  The service economy expanded, but at a slower pace than expected. From a geopolitical perspective, the markets processed Hong Kong protests, a fast approaching Brexit deadline, an attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil fields, and US presidential impeachment banter.  With geopolitical commotion as a backdrop, US large-cap stocks still gained 1.4% during the quarter but small-cap US stocks produced a negative return of 2.4%.   International developed markets were also negative at 1% and emerging markets produced the worst quarterly return down 4.1%.
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Redefining the Retirement Plan
  • Redefining the Retirement Plan is Axia’s guide to trends and strategies that will help employers get the most out of their retirement programs.  Defined Benefit plans and Social Security have been the simple answer to retirement for the past century. Life expectancy has improved though and an added strain has been placed on plan sponsors to help their employees replace their incomes in retirement. Fortunately, employers are equipped with more tools than ever before to help their employees retire with dignity.
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When Should You Claim Your Social Security Benefit?

The SSA highlights some sobering statistics that confirm what studies have shown: most people have not saved enough for retirement. As a result, people are not determining their Social Security benefit timing. Instead, benefits usually begin immediately after gainful employment ends as their savings buffer is limited. For prepared investors, the goal is to make an active decision on benefit commencement.

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DOL Fiduciary Rule Takes Effect

On June 9, 2017, the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule went into effect. The rule, also known as the Conflict of Interest Rule, expands the fiduciary definition under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). In the simplest terms, the DOL Fiduciary Rule will require advisors to put their client’s interests ahead of their own when giving advice to retirement accounts such as 401(k)s and IRAs. Further, any potential conflict of interest must be disclosed along with a clear statement of the fees and commissions received in exchange for the advice.

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