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It’s a Bear Market – What Should I Do?

March 17, 2020

Yep.  We’re officially in a “bear market” and you are wondering what you should do next.  In most cases, the answer is nothing at all.  A bear market, defined as a decline of more than 20% from its previous high, occurs with some regularity and has occurred approximately once in every five years since WWII.    

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An Important Message From Portfolio Advisors

Due to concerns over the current health crisis we are encouraging alternatives to face to face meetings.  In doing so, we are now conducting client meetings on the phone using screen sharing and video conferencing software (Zoom) where possible.

In addition to the above, we are reducing in-office staff to essential personnel with most of our staff working remotely.  As such, all staff members have been assigned a direct phone number where they can be reached during normal business hours.  Additionally, all staff members will remain available via email and will check their messages regularly.  We do not anticipate interruptions to our normal work flow or our ability to serve you. 

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The Coronavirus and Market Declines

Dear Clients & Friends,

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2020 Holiday Office Closures

Portfolio Advisors, Inc. will be closed for the following 2020 holidays on the dates listed below:

  • Monday, January 20th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Monday, February 17th in observance of President's Day
  • Friday, April 10th in observance of Good Friday
  • Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day
  • Friday, July 3rd in observance of Independence Day
  • Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day
  • Thursday, November 26th in observances of Thanksgiving
  • Friday, November 27th in observance of Thanksgiving
  • Thursday, December 24th in observance of Christmas
  • Friday, December 25th in observance of Christmas

With each office closure we will be back the following business day during normal business hours.

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Prepare for Sweeping New IRA Legislation

Legislation passed by the House of Representatives on May 23rd would dramatically change current IRA tax law.  The bill, entitled the “SECURE Act", would change the age at which one must begin taking IRA distributions. It would also change distribution requirements for IRAs inherited by children or other non-spousal heirs. The bill passed with wide bipartisan support in a vote of 472-3. 

Under current IRA law, one must begin taking their required minimum distributions at age 70 ½. The "SECURE Act" would allow IRA owners to delay taking their required minimum distributions until age 72.  This change would allow IRA owners to benefit from the advantage of tax deferral over a longer period of time.  Most will view this as a positive change.

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3 Ways to Know When You Are Ready to Retire

1. You’re financially ready.

The most common question we field from our clients is, “How much do I need to retire?” While there’s no magic number to hit, a few key checkpoints are:

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2019 Holiday Office Closures

Portfolio Advisors, Inc. will be closed for the following 2019 holidays on the dates listed below:

  • Monday, January 21st in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Monday, February 18th in observance of Presidents' Day
  • Friday, April 19th in observance of Good Friday
  • Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day
  • Wednesday, July 3rd in observance of Independence Day
  • Thursday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day
  • Monday, September 2nd in observance of Labor Day
  • Thursday, November 28th in observance of Thanksgiving
  • Friday, November 29th in observance of Thanksgiving
  • Tuesday, December 24th in observance of Christmas
  • Wednesday, December 25th in observance of Christmas

With each office closure we will be back the following business day during normal business hours.

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A Transformed Investor's View of Market Uncertainty

Markets have been up and down this year, which can alarm many investors.  During periods like these, hearing stories about how other people deal with uncertainty can be helpful. 

Our story is from Dave Goetsch, an executive producer of the popular television show, The Big Bang Theory.  Even though he and other writers on the show make common sense out of complicated science for a living, Dave used to respond to market fluctuations with panic rather than logic.  His point of view has changed fundamentally when he learned that there was a different way to think about investing and discovered a new path for his financial life. 

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Tuning Out the Noise

You will recognize many of the headlines and voices in "Tuning Out the Noise" as viewers are taken on a two minute journey through the "lost decade." The video features the media's amplified coverage of headlines and points to the positive outcome that a disciplined investor could have experienced in the recovery.

Click here to view Tuning Out the Noise

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Dimensional Fund Advisors Ranked by 1,544 Advisors

At Portfolio Advisors, we strive to achieve a positive financial experience for our clients and believe that an important part of that experience is through the use of low cost, highly diversified mutual funds.  Dimensional Fund Advisors' mutual fund offerings help us to ensure that these, and other important objectives, are met for our clients.  We thought it noteworthy that 1,544 other advisors share this opinion as voiced through a recently conducted survey by Advisor Perspectives, an interactive publisher for Registered Investment Advisors (RIA's), Wealth Managers and Financial Planners.  The survey asked advisors which asset manager they would recommend to their peers, and Dimensional ranked number one in the majority of the categories, including the fund family which advisors are most likely to recommend.     

Click here to view the results from the Advisor Choice AwardsTM

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