Author: Cathy C. Miller, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®, CDFA™

Does Your Business Qualify for the GA Retraining Tax Credit?

Did you know that Georgia offers businesses a tax break for investing in your employees? If you are a business owner, under the Georgia Retraining Tax Credit program, your business can receive a tax credit of 50 percent of your direct training expenses, with up to $500 credit per full-time employee, per training program, with an annual maximum of $1,250 per employee.

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Wondering What the 2020 Elections Might Mean for You?

The Election is finally over (at least mostly), and we are busy analyzing the outcomes of the Presidential and Congressional races and the possible impact on policy, the economy, the markets and your finances.  Rest assured we are gathering the latest thoughts of economists, strategists and money managers, and evaluating whether any changes might be required in our planning work with clients or our management of your portfolio.  In the meantime, we thought you might find the following Q&A about the election results interesting and informative.

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Medicare Open Enrollment Begins Oct. 15th. What Does That Mean For Me?

Medicare’s open enrollment period happens once a year between October 15 and December 7. During this time, current Medicare beneficiaries have the option to adjust their coverage for the coming year. This can be a useful option for those who may have recently changed medication, underutilized their current coverage or found they could use additional benefits.

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Narrow Market

Those following the stock market may realize that the S&P 500 hit a new all-time high on 9/2, building on the August 18th high which wiped out all its losses from the coronavirus sell-off, and surpassing the previous high of February 19th. However, a CNBC analysis shows that many stocks have yet to climb back to their prior levels. For example, between the prior market high on February 19th and August 18th, when the market first surpassed the previous high, 38% of stocks in the index made gains while the remaining 62% were still negative.

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Mortgage Refinancing: How the Market Downturn Has Provided an Interesting Opportunity

As of July 30, the national average rate for a 30-year mortgage has fallen to 2.99%, with an average of 0.8 points paid, while 15-year fixed rates have fallen even further with an average of 2.51% and .7 points paid, according to data from Freddie Mac.1 Mortgage rates have plunged to the lowest levels in decades, and continue to remain near historic lows, driving purchase demand over 20 percent above a year ago. Real estate is one of the bright spots in the economy, with strong demand and modest slowdown in home prices heading into the late summer. Home sales should remain strong the next few months into the fall.

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Strategies to Grow Your Wealth During the Pandemic

During times of market turmoil and economic uncertainty, its tempting to focus exclusively on risk – risk to your portfolio, your income and your plans for the future. And making sure your portfolio is aligned with your appetite for risk and with your time horizon for investing is critical.  But focusing exclusively on the risk of losing money can lead investors to overlook the opportunities market declines may bring. Baron Rothschild, an 18th-century British nobleman and member of the renowned Rothschild banking family, is famously credited with saying that “the time to buy is when there’s blood in the streets.” He took his own advice and made a fortune in the panic that followed the Battle of Waterloo against Napoleon. 

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