Remember the Fundamentals

Maggie Mayer Portfolio Management

Larger movements in the daily stock market prices are back. The reports we read in the paper, hear on the radio and see on the TV all say we should be doing something.

Recent Market Volatility

Maggie Mayer Financial Planning, Portfolio Management

From September 30–October 10, the US market (as measured by the Russell 3000 Index) fell 4.8%, resulting in many investors wondering what the future holds and if they should make changes to their portfolios. While it may be difficult to remain calm during a substantial market decline, it is important to remember that volatility is a normal part of investing.

The Importance of Beneficiary Designations

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Imagine an ex-spouse receiving the benefits of your lifelong savings… That is exactly what happened to William Kennedy upon his passing. In the case of Kennedy Estate v. Plan Administrator for DuPont Savings and Investment Plan , the court ruled that Kennedy’s ex-wife rightly received the benefit of his $400,000 retirement savings even though the divorce papers waived his ex-wife of her interest in the plan benefits.

2018 Second Quarter Market Commentary

Maggie Mayer Quarterly Market Commentary

This report features world capital market performance and a timeline of events for the past quarter. It begins with a global overview, then features the returns of stock and bond asset classes in the US and international markets. The report also illustrates the impact of globally diversified portfolios and features a quarterly topic.

Wisconsin Child Tax Rebate

Maggie Mayer Tax Planning

For families with children under age of 18 as of December 31, 2017, the sate of Wisconsin is giving parents $100 for each child.

Tuning out the Noise

Maggie Mayer Financial Planning, Portfolio Management

If you are feeling uneasy about your investment performance during these periods of volatile market activity, watch this video, “Tuning Out the Noise”, to help remind you of the importance of remaining disciplined during uncertain times.

Tax Bunching

Maggie Mayer Tax Planning

We Americans are a giving people. For 2016, $390 billion was donated to charity. Individuals (as opposed to foundations and corporations) donated $282 billion of the $390 billion (72%).