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Are forgivable loans the best option for your business?

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | April 3, 2020 |

“Did you hear? The SBA is giving away free money in the form of forgivable loans that small businesses don’t have to repay! This is a no-brainer, right?! What am I missing here?” Not so fast… Many small business owners across the country have probably heard one variation of the above quote—whether from friends, business…

Wednesday Q&A – What is the 50-50-50-50 strategy?

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | March 25, 2020

What is the 50-50-50-50 strategy? A comprehensive financial plan using our 50-50-50-50 strategy puts protections in place to help safeguard against various types of downturns in the market. Subject to your risk number, when you are properly blended in the 50-50-50-50 strategy, 75 percent of your assets would be correlated to the upside of stocks and…

How to Save More Money Now

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | March 25, 2020

The Story While you’re doing your part to help flatten the curve (and catching up on TV you’ve missed since 2015), try kicking your savings into high gear. Tell me more. Uncertain times like these are why emergency funds are a thing. They can save the day if you lose your income or get an unexpected bill. Spend some…

Can I still afford to retire? The coronavirus has upended jobs, spurred a market downturn — what now?

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | March 23, 2020

A few questions near-retirees should ask themselves before they leave the workforce With stock indexes tumbling, jobs in jeopardy and a looming recession, is it really the time to retire? Some Americans may have been patiently waiting to retire this spring, or even sometime this year, but the world isn’t the same as it was…

A Pandemic Is Not the Time to Sever the Ties That Bind Generations

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | March 20, 2020

An Influencer in Aging on unity during the time of COVID-19 It’s too early to know if social isolation or the coronavirus (COVID-19) will kill more older adults in the long run. A heightened awareness of how a lack of social connection negatively impacts individuals as they age, and their networks diminish, has fueled a significant interest…

Common-sense investing insights we forget during stock-market panics

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | March 20, 2020

Many people seem to invest rationally, until the going gets tough. Then we often throw our reasoning out the window while making a mad dash for the exits. It shouldn’t be like that. Here are some common-sense reminders that are worth heeding during volatile stretches in the stock market like now, with coronavirus anxiety seemingly everywhere.…

10 Financial And Estate Planning Matters To Think About During This Crisis

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | March 19, 2020

Positive steps we can all take to protect our financial wellness during this season of uncertainty  GETTY As the global coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, there are some non-investing matters we should consider in order to protect our families and financial well-being. Here are ten ideas to think about: Durable and Heath Care Powers of…

Paid leave, unemployment assistance: What the federal government is doing in response to the coronavirus pandemic

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | March 19, 2020

Updated 3/18/2020 at 4:30 p.m.: This post was updated throughout on Wednesday. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government is considering a slew of legislation and executive orders to respond to a crisis that has upended life in the United States and countries around the world. Some of the biggest policy proposals…

Lessons From Italy’s Hospital Meltdown. ‘Every Day You Lose, the Contagion Gets Worse.’

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | March 18, 2020

The coronavirus is pushing a wealthy region with high-tech health care toward a humanitarian disaster Ambulances here have stopped using sirens. The frequent blaring only adds to local fears. Besides, there are few other vehicles on the road in Italy’s national lockdown. Most are headed to the Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital, a large, modern hospital…

When market drops, play long game with retirement savings

By Gregory Ricks & Associates | March 16, 2020

The stock market went on a punishing roller coaster ride this week, suffering its largest one-day drop in more than 30 years Thursday on concerns that the spread of COVID-19 will hit the global economy hard   FILE – In this Thursday, March 12, 2020, file photo, a board above the trading floor of the…

How to Protect Older People From the Coronavirus

By gregoryricks | March 16, 2020

People over 60, and especially over 80, are particularly vulnerable to severe or fatal infection. Here are some steps to reduce their risk. Amid the uncertainty swirling around the coronavirus pandemic stands one incontrovertible fact: The highest rate of fatalities is among older people, particularly those with underlying medical conditions. Of the confirmed cases in China to…



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