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Here’s how much money you should have saved at every age

By GRA News Blog | September 21, 2020

Using analysis by Fidelity, CNBC Select provides guidance on age-based savings goals that can help you plan for retirement. Getty Images Editor’s Note: APYs listed in this article are up-to-date as of the time of publication. They may fluctuate (up or down) as the Fed rate changes. CNBC will update as changes are made public.…

Gold Will Need More Bad News to Keep Prospering

By GRA News Blog | August 25, 2020

If an economic recovery continues, expect the precious metal to suffer Questions about gold often get to the heart of what’s going on in finance and economics. Ask why the price is up so much this year, and the most popular answers are ones that might make the heart miss a beat: The Federal Reserve…

Opinion: 10 things you should know about diversification

By GRA News Blog | August 24, 2020

Picking a winner is harder than you think Holding a variety of assets reduces your portfolio’s overall level of risk. GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO One of the most important ways investors take care of their portfolios is by diversifying their holdings. If you’re not sure exactly what diversification is, or how to make it work for you,…

Thinking of Taking a CARES Act Retirement Plan Withdrawal? Make Sure You Qualify

By GRA News Blog | August 22, 2020

Not everyone is allowed to remove money from a retirement plan penalty-free. Millions of Americans have been hurt financially in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recession it’s spurred. It’s for this reason that the CARES Act was passed in late March. Its provisions included a direct $1,200 stimulus check, boosted unemployment benefits, and the…

The pandemic showed how volatile 401(k)s can be. Here’s how you can diversify your asset mix before retirement

By GRA News Blog | August 21, 2020

When the market descended into the fastest bear market on record in March, many watched in horror as 401(k) retirement accounts shed thousands of dollars seemingly overnight. For those at the start of their careers, there was the knowledge that time is on their side. But for savers nearing retirement age, a volatile shake-up in the markets…

A Shockingly Small Number of Americans Receive All the Traditional Sources of Retirement Income

By GRA News Blog | August 20, 2020

You probably won’t be one of those who get income from Social Security, a pension, and a 401(k), so you need to be prepared. For a long time, the retirement system in America was built around a simple concept: Those who had left the workforce would be supported by a “three-legged stool.” These three legs…

How to Go From Two Incomes to One

By GRA News Blog | August 20, 2020

The Story There are a lot of reasons you might be living the single-income life. But whether it’s an exciting transition you planned or you didn’t have a choice, going from two incomes to one can be overwhelming. Tell me about it. If you can, try testing the financial waters before making the switch. See…

Here’s a list of stock bull markets through time and how this new one stacks up

By GRA News Blog | August 20, 2020

The S&P 500 closed at a record on Tuesday, an achievement that brings an official end to Wall Street’s shortest bear market and confirms the comeback rally as a new bull market. The broad market index finished the session at 3,389.78, above its previous record close of 3,386.15 that it hit on Feb. 19. A bear market is…

Mohamed El-Erian warns gold’s status as a ‘must-have’ asset has made it develop a ‘bipolar personality’

By GRA News Blog | August 19, 2020

Reuters/Phil McCarten   Mohamed El-Erian has warned that gold’s status as a “must-have” asset has led to its “bipolar personality”, as investors buy it as a hedge against both inflation and deflation. Gold’s rapid price rise “is yet another unintended result in a lengthening list of the exceptional involvement of central banks in the functioning of…

Wednesday Q&A When should annuities be used?

By GRA News Blog | August 19, 2020

When should annuities be used? Gregory discusses the pros and cons of annuities in this video. If you would like to submit a question that may be featured on the Wednesday Q&A, use the form below! We’re Here to Help Have questions about this week’s content, or need help with your financial plan? We’re here to help! Simply…

Pre-Election Estate Planning Moves for High-Net-Worth Families

By GRA News Blog | August 19, 2020

Why wait? A variety of trusts — from SLATs to BDITs, GRATs and more — can help you be proactive in protecting your wealth. Election Day may seem far off at the moment, but as we stride into the summer, it’s prudent to reflect on the intimate relationship between presidential politics, policy changes and your…