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The Corn Moon

This week we experienced what’s known as a corn moon: the full moon before the fall equinox, so named because agrarian societies celebrated the moon as a beacon during the harvest season. It also denotes that we are in the back-to-school season, which, this year, will be challenging for parents everywhere. Finally, it indicates a turn in the calendar to September—one of the worst months for the stock market and volatility. (Since 1950, the S&P 500 Index has averaged a decline of 0.5% during September).

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DOL Issues New FAQs on FFCRA Leave and Return to School

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published new frequently asked questions (FAQs) about whether employees qualify for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in different school reopening situations, including those that blend in-person with distance learning.

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2021 Benefits Planning and COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wage on, its effects on benefits planning for next year are being felt—especially as open enrollment season approaches. According to Mercer's Global Survey #5, 20% of employers surveyed said updating benefits programs to better meet employee needs was an HR area in which companies are seeing an increased need for support.

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Insurance Considerations for Riots, Vandalism and Civil Unrest

Riots, vandalism and civil unrest can create unique challenges for business or property owners—resulting in stolen, damaged or defaced goods and extensive property damage.

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Double Tops in Mountain Biking and the Market

Before the development of carbon fiber, shocked forks and fat tires, I was a mountain biker, at least the version of that you can be in the Midwest. Last week, the S&P 500 Index revisited and slightly exceeded the all-time high reached in February. Market technicians call that a “double-top.” An often referred to market chart pattern that can be an ominous precursor to future returns, or not.

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Navigating the Nationwide Coin Shortage

Perhaps you have noticed a coin shortage recently when shopping at a grocery or general merchandise store such as Target or Walmart. If you own a laundromat, gas station, restaurant or convenience store, you definitely are aware: coins of all values have recently become extremely scarce nationwide – to the point that some retailers have stopped giving coins as change, sometimes rounding purchases down or providing credit to loyalty cards instead.

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Start the Conversation - Protecting Your Child's Privacy Online

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals have embraced technology to accomplish everyday tasks and activities. From online grocery orders, to remote educational tools and virtual happy hours, limited in-person interactions have resulted in a stronger adoption of digital technology platforms.

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Telemedicine in a COVID-19 World

It will come as little surprise to healthcare providers that the COVID-19 epidemic has produced years of anticipated growth in telemedicine in just several months, with some reports tagging the surge at 9000% since 2019.

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Recovery or Recovering?

Webster’s defines recovery as “overcoming a deficiency or shortcoming” while recovering is defined as “a return to a normal state.” This may be an interesting differentiation as we think about the economy’s current and future states as influenced by the pandemic.

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The Ever-Changing Absence & Accommodation Landscape in the Era of COVID-19 Webinar

Even though the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an effect on daily life, businesses have resumed operations in an uncertain environment. As a leader in your business, there’s a lot for you and your organization to consider as you manage through the ever-changing absence and accommodation landscape.

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Q3 2020 Investment Outlook

As we reflect on the first half of 2020, we are reminded of the fact that the economy and financial markets are not always in sync. While the rapid decline in asset prices during the first quarter was logical to reflect a lower profit outlook and heightened risks, the rebound during the second quarter seems out of step with the economic reality.

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2020 Mid-Year Outlook Webinar

As we reflect on the first half of 2020, we are reminded of the fact that the economy and financial markets are not always in sync. How can these two things be so disconnected?

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Waffles Again?

Richard Thaler, a University of Chicago professor and winner of a Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, has studied and written extensively on behavioral finance. This field explores the effects of human behavior and decision making on finance and financial decisions. It teaches us about how our brain works to make decisions.

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Buying a Home During Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused uncertainty for almost every industry and facet of society. As a prospective homebuyer, you may be wondering how to navigate this major financial decision in the current environment.

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An Update on Required Minimum Distributions for 2020

This week the IRS issued a release stating that ALL funds withdrawn for purposes of satisfying a RMD can be rolled back into the IRA account. Even funds taken by non-spousal beneficiaries holding inherited retirement account balances. The deadline is extended to August 31, 2020.

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Not Back to This Future!

Today, I heard someone say: “Tell Marty McFly to let Doc Brown know he shouldn’t send him back to 2020!” With the economy-stopping pandemic, protests on social injustice, killer wasps, tremendous food shortage due to locusts, and market volatility, it just might have been too much for his DeLorean to get out of.

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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Retirement Plans

The overall requirements of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) have been extensively discussed since it launched in early April. This article is intended to help employers understand how employer contributions to retirement plans can be covered under the PPP.

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Social Media and the 2020 Election

As we navigate through this unprecedented global health crisis, your investments and financial plans are likely top of mind. We recently hosted a market call on the potential implications that COVID-19 might have on the economy and your portfolio. We also provided an update on the Federal government's stimulus package and how it is being implemented.

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Latest Foreign Exchange Market Insight: USD falls, EUR and CAD rally

Broad US dollar weakness leads to EUR 2 month high and CAD 3 month high. Despite some encouragement and US stocks rallying in response to the reopening in the United States, markets are volatile likely due to recent events causing civil unrest across the nation.

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Municipal Bond Credit Quality Outlook

Some clients have expressed concern that municipal bond credit quality has declined due to the current economic slowdown. They are also concerned that municipalities will default on their obligations, leaving investors with less interest income, less principal, or both.

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For the U.S., How Much Debt Is Too Much?

Last year, the federal deficit was near $1 trillion for the first time. Due to recent programs like the CARES Act, which are meant to assist those who’ve lost jobs due to the pandemic, this year’s deficit will be near $4 trillion and next year estimated to be another $2.1 trillion. Those figures could go even higher as additional laws are passed.

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Johnson Financial Group – Premier Partner for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Prosperity

When the nation’s Small Business Administration (SBA) launched the Paycheck Protection Program in early April, we at Johnson Financial Group were ready – and more than willing – to help our business clients and communities obtain these forgivable loans so vital to their efforts to sustain their business through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Learn from Michelle Kwan: Avoid the Destructive Power of Comparative Thinking

If you were to ask someone, “Would you be happier winning an Olympic silver medal or a bronze medal?” you’d probably be told, “Silver.” Yet several scientific studies have shown that bronze medal winners are almost twice as happy with their accomplishments as silver medal winners.

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Water Damage and Insurance - Am I Covered?

When the unexpected happens, there’s usually not much time to check whether you have the right insurance coverage in place. Preparing upfront can help you save money long term and protect the things you care about most. When a loss does happen, you’ll have peace of mind to see you through.

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Market Call: For Better or Worse?

As we navigate through this unprecedented global health crisis, your investments and financial plans are likely top of mind. We recently hosted a market call on the potential implications that COVID-19 might have on the economy and your portfolio. We also provided an update on the Federal government's stimulus package and how it is being implemented.

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Employment Compliance Considerations for Re-opening the Workplace Webinar

As we navigate through this unprecedented global health crisis, your investments and financial plans are likely top of mind. We recently hosted a market call on the potential implications that COVID-19 might have on the economy and your portfolio. We also provided an update on the Federal government's stimulus package and how it is being implemented.

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New Tricks

Imagine my 13-year-old asking me to help him with Zoom technology! My son has been virtually learning, and his school has been doing an amazing job. On occasion, he has technical problems getting into a class and has asked for help. Why would he ask me? He knows that I am on video calls all day and so presumes I may be able to help. We are adaptable creatures. We don’t always like it; however, we are.

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To spend or to save? Strategies for using your tax refund or economic impact payment

The recent pandemic emphasizes the importance of working with a financial professional who can help you assess your unique situation and build a plan so you can be confident in your financial future.

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The Power of Negative Thinking

In the 2008 summer Olympics, Michael Phelps broke the record for gold medals in one Olympic Games with eight. But while his win was expected, the way he won was shocking. You see, after the first turn, Phelps’ goggles filled with water. He swam 75% of the race totally blind.

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Action Bias Amid Market Uncertainty

John Wooden coached men’s basketball at UCLA for 29 years. During that time, his teams won 10 national championships. Wooden is considered one of the greatest coaches of all time—in any sport. His coaching style and leadership methods are studied both inside and outside the world of sports. His most famous quote is one that all investors should take to heart: “Do not mistake activity for achievement.”

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Is this “third time’s the charm” for the S&P 500 Index at 2,900?

The S&P 500 Index has traded at 2,900 several times in the last two years, and each time the environment was very different. Understanding those differences helps give insight into whether the “third time’s the charm,” with potential for additional advances beyond the 2,900 level.

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Policy for Employers

As an employer navigating these uncertain times, it’s important to stay up to date on current regulations that could impact your company and employees, like the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

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How to Protect Your 401(k) During COVID-19

These common questions and answers will provide you with guidance on staying the course and navigating your retirement goals.

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OSHA Eases Enforcement of Respiratory Protection Standards During N95 Shortage

In response to a shortage of disposable N95 filtering facepiece respirators caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, OSHA has issued enforcement guidance that allows its Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) to use discretion when enforcing certain respiratory protection rules. 

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Employer’s Guide to COVID-19

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus that has spread from China to many other countries around the world, including the United States. The increased spread of the disease throughout the United States presents employers with significant workplace challenges. In order to help combat such challenges, we created this toolkit to help employers familiarize themselves with the best practices for handling the fallout.

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Real-Time Information Helps Us Gauge Economic Conditions

Scientific information regarding the pandemic changes daily because there are thousands of scientists working to understand this specific coronavirus—how it affects our health, how to treat it and how to develop a vaccine. As a result, we are asked to synthesize all this information to make decisions that affect our businesses, social interactions and, most importantly, our families’ health. 

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Don’t try to avoid all emotions. Lean into the right ones.

You have probably seen articles in the financial press recently about the danger of making “emotional” decisions during the current economic crisis. This theme crops up anytime we have a period of economic uncertainty, as writers weigh in on how investors can avoid making decisions that run contrary to their long-term best interests.

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Powers Of Attorney and COVID-19: It's Time

I am going to start this blog on a surprisingly personal and private topic. I have been holding off writing about the need to think about estate planning documents and in particular, powers of attorney. I suppose there are several reasons for that: there is enough fear out there and I certainly don’t want to add to it. And then COVID-19 hit our family.

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Q2 2020 Investment Outlook

Efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus abruptly plunged the economy into a likely recession and sent financial markets reeling to end the longest expansion on record. Facing tremendous uncertainty, many investors raced to reduce risk and increase liquidity, causing broad declines in nearly all asset prices.

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Spring cleaning? Don't forget your financial records

Understanding how to organize, maintain and dispose of your records is critical to healthy finances and safeguarding your personal information.

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Regulatory Update: Stimulus Package Impact on Plan Distributions and Loans

The labor market in the United States has fallen at record speed and magnitude. In February, the unemployment rate was at just 3.5% and rose to 4.4% in March. Based upon initial claims for unemployment, it is estimated that the true unemployment rate may now be as high as 15%.

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Lessons From a Business Owner

The labor market in the United States has fallen at record speed and magnitude. In February, the unemployment rate was at just 3.5% and rose to 4.4% in March. Based upon initial claims for unemployment, it is estimated that the true unemployment rate may now be as high as 15%.

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Coronavirus and Managing Remote Work Cyber Risks

Given the implications of the coronavirus outbreak, countless employees across a variety of industries are working remotely. While this allows businesses to remain operational, it can create a number of risks, particularly for those who fail to take the proper precautions.

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Staying the Course: How to Navigate Through Market Turmoil

As we navigate through this unprecedented global health crisis, your investments and financial plans are likely top of mind. We invite you to think about your retirement savings strategy from a logical standpoint while trying to keep the emotional reaction in perspective.

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COVID-19 and the Importance of Estate Planning Documents

For some it can be uncomfortable to contemplate estate planning, but in these uncertain times it is more important than ever that you have these documents in place.

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Market Call: Coronavirus, Global Economics and Your Portfolio - What's Next?

As we navigate through this unprecedented global health crisis, your investments and financial plans are likely top of mind. We recently hosted a market call on the potential implications that COVID-19 might have on the economy and your portfolio. We also provided an update on the Federal government's stimulus package and how it is being implemented.

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Force Majeure and Coronavirus

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic has caused organizations around the world to experience disruptions to their normal course of business. Common problems include mandatory remote work, business closures and quarantines, travel restrictions and breakdowns in the supply chain.

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‘Boom!’ That sound you heard was government stimulus landing on the markets and the economy

We are all watching the acceleration in the number of COVID-19 cases across the U.S. with amazement. The exponential growth rate in these cases as testing improves and the virus spreads through the population gives us pause every day. We think about the impact on individuals and families and those on the front lines trying to treat those who have fallen most ill.

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Planning Opportunities Under The CARES Act

The CARES Act provides approximately $2.2 Trillion of economic relief and stimulus designed to help the United States economy and its citizens endure the shutdowns and hardships caused by the Coronavirus. While the CARES Act has several different provisions and areas of focus, the purpose of this blog is to focus on some key planning opportunities created by this Act.

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Waxing Moon

Price discovery, the mechanism by which competing buyers and sellers determine the price of a security, has been disrupted by the uncertainty surrounding the duration and severity of the coronavirus-induced economic shutdown. Jason Herried and Brian Schaefer discuss how equity and fixed-income markets have each processed this dislocation in their own way.

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Webinar

On Friday, March 27, we hosted a webinar to help businesses understand the key elements of the Families First Coronavirus Response (FFCRA), including the expansion of FMLA and the emergency paid leave rules.

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Building a Plan to Handle Uncertain Times

A disease that we don’t understand. A solution, social distancing, that we have never experienced. A stock market reacting negatively, as the stock market does, to uncertainty. An economy stressed by being shuttered. That is a lot of uncertainty.

In times of uncertainty, it is critical to separate things we can control from things we cannot.

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What You're Feeling Is Normal, Biological and Curable: Loss Aversion, Regret Aversion and Herd Mentality

It is hard to remember any time comparable to the last couple of weeks. We are faced with multiple types of fear: fear of the unknown (both medical and economic); fear for our loved ones, our lives and our lifestyle; fear of bad math and fear of scary math. This article will cover what it will cover are those fears our brains create that could have a detrimental impact on our economic future.

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Protecting and Enhancing Your Plan

The investment markets are a collection of millions of individual and institutional investors, each with a particular set of goals and objectives. So while history shows that markets rise in the long term, we also know that many people react irrationally during periods of uncertainty in the short term.

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Writing a New History

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the United States very quickly and in totality. Employees are forced to set up makeshift home offices, restaurants are offering curb-side pickup, and everything from college courses to real estate open houses is being done virtually. Most Americans have never experienced anything like this, and everyone is learning to adapt.

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This Is Why We Plan

Uncertainty. Fear. Confusion. All apt descriptions of the human condition over the last couple of weeks. And those emotions, particularly fear, have economic consequences. They affect supply, demand, income and wealth. And because this particular fear is different, specifically a global pandemic, we are experiencing an acute emotional reaction that is both normal and understandable.

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Business Interruption Policies and Coronavirus

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak evolves, businesses face growing uncertainty as to how this pandemic will affect their operations long term.

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Coronavirus and the Workplace - Compliance Issues for Employers

As the number of reported cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rise, employers are increasingly confronted with the possibility of an outbreak in the workplace.

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Investment Commentary | Valuation Does Matter . . . in the Long Run

Markets continue to be disrupted by the news flow surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result, stock prices in particular have fallen dramatically, now down more than 35% from their peak just a month or so ago. During this period, the value of a company becomes irrelevant. Price is set by the desire an investor has for liquidity. When they want to get liquid, they don’t care about price. However, value does matter.

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New laws that may affect your business

Here is updated information related to insurance to help your company navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Preparing for 2020: Politics, the Economy and Your Business

At a recent event at Milwaukee’s Harley-Davidson Museum, the Insurance Division at Johnson Financial Group hosted clients to hear how the current political landscape and election cycle could impact their businesses and the economy in 2020 and beyond.

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Investment Commentary | Information Overload

We have been awakened to the risks of the coronavirus by focused media attention. Checkout lines are long and store shelves are bare for essential items in many instances. A colleague noted that a pallet of toilet paper was gone within her trip to the grocery store, which included a 35 minute wait for checkout. Events are being cancelled left and right and social distancing has firmly entered our lexicon.

Similarly, markets are adjusting to the reality that efforts to limit the spread of the virus will induce a global recession.

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New World Order

Concerns over slower global economic growth due to the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) have led to a precipitous decline in stock prices and bond yield. Many are relating the stock market decline to the potential severity of an economic slowdown, concluding that a global recession is in the offing.

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Investment Commentary | Where are we now?

Market volatility has been unnerving over the last several days. In particular, Monday’s sell-off in stocks and decline in bond yields have everyone asking, “Why?” and “What should I do?” The sell-off in energy markets added to the stress and confusion regarding where we’re headed. I heard a financial advisor on the evening news say, “Stay the course.” That doesn’t feel like a great answer to these questions, even though it may be the right advice. Let’s get more specific.

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Investment Commentary | U or V?

Concerns over slower global economic growth due to the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) have led to a precipitous decline in stock prices and bond yields (bond prices rise when yields decline).

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HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance Webinar

HIPAA privacy and security rules are complex and violations can trigger expensive penalties. Our recent webinar, held on January 16, was aimed to help employers better understand how HIPAA rules apply to their business and their health plans. We also addressed the specific complexities related to those who operate in the healthcare industry.

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Investment Commentary | A Long and Winding Road

On Monday, Apple was one of the first major U.S. companies to announce that it won’t meet its revenue forecasts for the first quarter due to the coronavirus outbreak. The coronavirus appears to be dominating the news – what has this meant for markets and what do we expect going forward?

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Investment Commentary | Groundhog Day

If you were among the 100 million people who watched the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, you may have seen the commercial in which Bill Murray reprised his role from the 1993 movie Groundhog Day. Murray played Phil Connors, a weatherman caught in a time loop and forced to relive the same day over and over again until he gets it right.

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Legacy, Loyalty or Liquidity?

This is part of an ongoing series of articles about estate planning and succession planning, written by Joe Maier, JD, CPA, Senior Vice President, Director of Wealth Strategy

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Investment Commentary | Cold or Flu Season?

In the last week, the stock market has been weak. In fact, it is now in negative territory for 2020. In particular, as news that the coronavirus hitting China has spread beyond its borders, we’ve seen a downward acceleration in stock market weakness.

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Investment Commentary | Geopolitical Risk!?

Oftentimes, news headlines about a particular day’s market movement highlight geopolitical risk as a reason for price volatility. Last week was an action-packed geopolitical risk week.

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Q1 2020 Investment Outlook

This is part of an ongoing series of articles published by Johnson Financial Group. This issue is written by Brian Andrew, EVP, Chief Investment Officer.

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Investment Commentary | Turmoil in the Middle East

This is part of an ongoing series of articles published by Johnson Financial Group. This issue is written by Brian Andrew, EVP, Chief Investment Officer.

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The SECURE Act is official. Do you know how it may impact your company’s retirement plan and employees?

On December 20, 2019, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was signed into law as part of the 2019 spending bill. The Act contains many provisions affecting both qualified retirement plans and Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). Some of these provisions are complex changes that will require additional guidance and interpretation.

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What makes a great financial advisor?

This is part of an ongoing series of articles about estate planning and succession planning, written by Joe Maier, JD, CPA, Senior Vice President, Director of Wealth Strategy

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Protect your wealth with umbrella insurance

If you own a house and have a retirement account or other investments, an umbrella policy should be a part of your financial plan and a step towards protecting your wealth.

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What does end of life for Windows 7 mean for you?

If you or your business have computers running Windows 7, Microsoft® will no longer provide software or security updates starting January 14, 2020.

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Investment Commentary | Whose Parade is it anyways?

This is part of an ongoing series of articles published by Johnson Financial Group. This issue is written by Brian Andrew, EVP Wealth and Chief Investment Officer.

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Investment Commentary | Better Than Feared

This is part of an ongoing series of articles published by Johnson Financial Group. This issue is written by Jason Herried, SVP, Director of Equity Strategy and Wealth Portfolio Manager.

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The War for Talent

With low unemployment, businesses are in a battle for talent. It is a candidate's market. In addition to low unemployment, many employers are facing large numbers of baby boomers reaching retirement age.

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Investment Commentary | How low can you go?

This is part of an ongoing series of articles published by Johnson Financial Group. This issue is written by Brian Andrew, EVP Wealth and Chief Investment Officer.

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Investment Commentary | Trade vs. Trump

This is part of an ongoing series of articles published by Johnson Financial Group. This issue is written by Brian Andrew, EVP Wealth and Chief Investment Officer.

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Busting Three Popular Succession Planning Myths

This is part of an ongoing series of articles about estate planning and succession planning, written by Joe Maier, JD, CPA, Senior Vice President, Director of Wealth Strategy

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Economic & Market Outlook – Fourth Quarter 2019

Uncertainty is the word on the street these days as investors seem focused on geopolitical risks. Despite that underlying disquiet, bonds, stocks and alternative investments have all posted strong returns so far this year with the S&P 500 plus 21% and bond returns of 5-6%.

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Investment Commentary | Have you ordered your first pumpkin spice latte?

This is part of an ongoing series of articles published by Johnson Financial Group. This issue is written by Brian Andrew, EVP Wealth and Chief Investment Officer.

 

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Writing a Story Worth Retelling

This is part of an ongoing series of articles about estate planning and succession planning, written by Joe Maier, JD, CPA, Senior Vice President, Director of Wealth Strategy

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Product contamination: Ensure your company is properly covered

As a responsible food manufacturer, processor or distributor, your organization has taken careful and well‐planned steps to ensure that your facilities and the products produced there are safe.

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Investment Commentary | A Good Sniff

This is part of an ongoing series of articles published by Johnson Financial Group. This issue is written by Brian Andrew, EVP, Chief Investment Officer.

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It’s open enrollment season: Let’s up your game

For many organizations, benefit open enrollment (“OE”) season is fast approaching. OE can be a stressful time for employees and seasoned HR professionals alike.

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Investment Commentary | Now Hiring!

This is part of an ongoing series of articles published by Johnson Financial Group. This issue is written by Brian Andrew, EVP, Chief Investment Officer.

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Experience Modification Factor Explained

The years used in the mod factor are the last three audited policy terms. This means there is a one year gap between your mod year and the years of claim and payroll data used.

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Split Point Experience Rating Formula Explained

In the experience rating process, each loss is divided into a primary and excess portion. The first $16,500 of every loss is determined as a primary loss, with everything above that point considered an excess loss.

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Investment Commentary | Let's talk about China

This is part of an ongoing series of articles published by Johnson Financial Group. This issue is written by Brian Andrew, EVP, Chief Investment Officer.

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Dealing with disruption takes muscle

Savvy, competitive business owners know disruption is a constant. No matter the industry, it's not a question of whether you must deal with disruptive forces — it's when.

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Impairment at Work - Effects of Marijuana Use on Worker Safety Webinar

For insights into the implications marijuana legislation may have on your organization, view a recording of our recent webinar held on August 5, or click here to find a Johnson Financial Group advisor near you.

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Investment Commentary | Separating the Signal from the Noise

This is part of an ongoing series of articles published by Johnson Financial Group. This issue is written by Kelsey Seals, AVP, Portfolio Manager.

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Thinking of relocating your business?

Among the many reasons for a business to relocate, you might think square footage would be the leading catalyst.

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Investment Commentary | Geek Fest

This is part of an ongoing series of articles published by Johnson Financial Group. This issue is written by Brian Andrew, EVP, Chief Investment Officer.

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Do you need an estate plan? No, but you want one.

This is part of an ongoing series of articles about estate planning and succession planning, written by Joe Maier, JD, CPA, Senior Vice President, Director of Wealth Strategy

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Economic & Market Outlook – 2019 Mid-Year Review

The first half of 2019 included continued economic growth and strong returns from most asset classes. The abrupt change in Federal Reserve policy toward an easing bias helped fuel both equity and bond market gains. We expect U.S. economic growth to continue in line with the average growth rate for this expansion.

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How Our Brains Sabotage Our Financial Planning – And What to Do about It

This is part of an ongoing series of articles about estate planning and succession planning authored by Joe Maier, JD, CPA, Senior Vice President, Director of Wealth Strategy.

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Investment Commentary | Mind the Gap

This is part of an ongoing series of articles published by Johnson Financial Group. This issue is written by Brian Andrew, EVP, Chief Investment Officer.

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What story does your estate plan tell?

A great estate plan should tell your story; the story you want told if you’re not around to tell it. Your story communicates who you care about, what you care about and what you believe. It is unique to you.

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Investment Commentary | Can you push too far?

This is part of an ongoing series of articles published by Johnson Financial Group. This issue is written by Brian Andrew, EVP, Chief Investment Officer.

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Economic & Market Outlook - Second Quarter 2019

The extreme volatility experienced in late 2018 and early 2019 serves as a reminder that investing is about staying the course and focusing on long‐term investment goals rather than trying to predict short‐term market moves.

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One Tax Year Later: Assessing the Implications of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) brought a reduction in tax rates and significant changes to deductions for individuals and corporations in 2018, but its impact was not uniform. After the new law’s first full year, many were surprised to find that the law had some unexpected impacts. Johnson Financial Group’s Mary Pat Williams and Brian Andrew share comments on the new law and its observed implications for clients.

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Temporary Worker and Joint Employment Webinar

For insights into the pros and cons of temporary workers and joint employment, view a recording of our recent webinar held on March 12, or click here to find a Johnson Financial Group advisor near you.

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Investment Commentary | As smart as a fifth grader? U.S. and China trade tariffs explained

Last week, I was helping my son study for his fifth grade history exam. His class has been learning about the development of societies as they study ancient Mesopotamia.

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DOL issues new proposal on overtime exemptions

On March 7, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule that would change the salary thresholds for certain exempt employees.

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Why move when you can improve?

Moving is certainly one solution, but economically and socially, staying put and renovating may be a better choice.

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Economic & Market Outlook - First Quarter 2019

The return environment in 2018 proved to be challenging, with most major asset classes posting losses for the year [Exhibit 1]. 2018 also saw the return of volatility, which had been at unusually low levels throughout much of 2016 and 2017.

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Bridging Generations Essential to Success in Family Businesses

Family business is the engine that fuels the U.S. economy, yielding major impact on job creation and economic growth. Yet many struggle with basic objectives such as communication, mission, shared values and succession.

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Time for an Insurance Review

Insurance is one of those things you tend to get and forget—until you have to make a claim. And that's exactly the wrong time to find out your coverage is inadequate.

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OSHA Log and e-File Webinar

For more information on OSHA's injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting procedures, as well as the new post‐incident drug testing policies, view a recording of our recent webinar held on January 9 below, or click here to find a Johnson Financial Group advisor near you.

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A New Year's Resolution

One of our client's spouse spent the better part of 20 years—maybe even more—trying to convince her husband to get their estate plan in order.

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Are you financially literate?

The results of the 2017 Retirement Income Literacy Survey published by the New York Life Center for Retirement Income at The American College reveals some disconcerting news about investors approaching or recently entering retirement.

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How to Maximize Your Pension Plan Payments in Retirement

Your airline's pension plan, or defined benefit plan (A Plan/PBGC), is designed to provide you with a lifetime of income in retirement—your retirement “paycheck.”

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PBGC Benefits Review

In our work with airline pilot prospects and 400+ airline pilot clients since 1997, we have provided extensive guidance/advice on defined benefit and defined contribution pension programs elections and options.

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Why are 401(k) plans essential to your retirement planning?

With many large, lump‐sum payout pensions turning into a thing of the past it is becoming critical to your retirement success that you:

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Will the multifamily housing development boom continue?

With its healthy supply and demand fundamentals, and low interest rates, the multifamily housing development market has seen much success in recent years. And with encouraging demographic trends for the long‐term and preferences for rentals over ownership increasing, the outlook for multifamily housing development remains positive.

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Shopping online for the holidays? Use these savvy ways to stay safe and secure.

Merchants offer holiday merchandise and displays earlier each year, often weeks before Halloween. However, that hasn't affected the growing shift toward shopping and buying gifts online instead of in stores.

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Investment Basics: Rebalancing

When we work with our pilot clients, we follow a disciplined process to make the most of their retirement plan over their lifetime. We follow a number of steps to develop a customized financial plan, and then build a portfolio that we believe will accomplish that plan.

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HR Pros: Are you ready for year-end?

At the end of each year, human resources managers face a flurry of compliance and regulatory requirements. Ensuring your communications, notifications and filings are timely and correct is critical and can help you avoid lawsuits as well as potential state and federal penalties for noncompliance.

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Market timing vs. retirement planning... Do you know the difference?

Can a market timing newsletter help you arrive safely at your retirement destination?

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Couples: Are you on the same page in financial planning?

Whether you're a newlywed or are in a long‐term committed relationship, most couples recognize communication and shared goals are key to happiness and harmony. Many couples discuss lifestyle goals such as where to live and work; whether to have children and if so, how many; where to vacation or spend holidays; and more.

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What's your exit plan?

If you are a business owner, chances are you enjoy your job immensely and are confident in knowing that you are in control of your destiny amid life's ups and downs.

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Saving Strategies in Your Final Approach to Retirement

Being aggressive with your savings as you approach retirement is one of the most effective ways to catch up or compensate for times when you weren't able to save as much as you would have liked to.

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The Impact of OSHA's About-Face on Post-Incident Drug Testing Policies

Employers who've avoided post‐incident drug testing and workplace safety incentive programs for fear of violating OSHA regulations are now more empowered to put such programs into place.

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Planning your retirement spending? Take a layered approach

You've reached your goal: after years of flying, you are ready to retire. Your retirement party is looming, friends and colleagues are wishing you well. And then the uncertainty hits you. You're off the payroll.

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Survivorship Guidance Planning

Just like a pilot's responsibility extends well beyond the Flight Plan, wealth management means more than just having an investment plan.

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Proper planning prevents poor performance

This old adage has been around for some time now. As far as its origins, some sources believe that it was born out of the military. If you were in the military then you know that I left out a few words that make it more colorful!

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Family Wealth Creation & Preservation: Multigenerational IRA

Did you know that you might already have a multigenerational tax shelter that can multiply your family wealth? It's your IRA!

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Should you roll your 401k into an IRA?

Among the decisions you must make if you change employers or leave your job is how to handle your 401(k) account. Oftentimes, employees face decisions about their 401(k) plans through no action of their own.

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Key Factors in Choosing the Right Investment Advisor

Finding an investment advisor who is right for you is a critical financial decision, and it can be complicated.

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Are you saving enough for retirement?

Here's good news for pilots who are retired or near retirement: we're living longer and are staying healthier than previous generations.

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What is a financial plan?

The financial landscape for pilots has changed over the past few years, requiring a new and focused process for you to meet your retirement planning goals. Pilots have to realize that they need to take a more active role in their financial planning, but it requires time, knowledge, expertise and confidence.

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401(k) vs. Roth 401(k)

There are several tax deferred, qualified retirement programs available to employees in the private and government sectors today. With these different programs and the many variables affecting each, it can be a formidable exercise to sort through the entire list.

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The Case for Wine Insurance

Do you appreciate a good glass of wine? Whether you're a hobbyist, investor or novice just beginning to build your collection, wine insurance can provide cost-effective peace of mind.

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On the move? Your lender is your premier partner

Job transfer? Joining your spouse‐to‐be? Returning to your family and hometown? You have plenty of company.

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Options for Your Retirement Plan if Your Employer Is Acquired

Mergers and acquisitions are an ever present reality in business. The headlines often focus on the financials of the business transaction, but the financial impact on individual employees can be just as important.

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Top Five Issues to Consider When Hiring an Attorney

Here are 5 things you should think about and keep top of mind when looking to hire an attorney. From experience to reviews, feel confident you are making the correct decision for you and your loved ones.

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Making the Most of Your 401(k) Plan

Your 401(k) plan may be one of your largest assets, so how you manage it is critical to the success of your overall retirement plan. Rather than considering your 401(k) in isolation, think about it as part of your whole retirement plan.

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After Tax Rollover Rules: Helpful and Taxpayer Friendly

While not widely used or known, some employer sponsored retirement plans, including pilot 401(k) plans, allow you to put after‐tax money into the account.

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The Art of Retirement Income: Making the Most of Your Savings

When I work with pilots to create a retirement income stream, I liken it to mountain climbing. If you ask most people what the goal of mountain climbing is, they often say “to get to the top.” The real goal is to not only make the climb up, but to get back down the mountain safely.

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HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance Toolkit

This toolkit is intended to help employers that sponsor group health plans understand their compliance obligations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). It also provides sample resources to help employers comply with HIPAA's documentation requirements for their group health plans.

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Are you ready for the Foxconn factor?

Residents and business owners in Southeastern Wisconsin, and specifically Racine/Kenosha communities, are well aware of the recent burst of economic development in our region.

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Five Events That Can Ruin a Succession Plan

This is part of an ongoing series of articles about estate planning and succession planning, written by Joe Maier, JD, CPA, Senior Vice President, Director of Wealth Strategy

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OSHA suspends forms 300 and 301 electronic reporting

On May 12, 2016, OSHA issued a final rule that requires certain establishments to electronically submit information about work‐related injuries, illnesses and incidents through the agency's ITA website every year.

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Employer Efforts to Increase 401(k) Participation

A 401(k) plan is a powerful retirement savings vehicle for employees and also an important employee benefit that serves as a recruitment and retention tool for employers.

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Cyber and Financial Fraud Threats

Cybercrime is a growing threat for businesses in the U.S. and around the world. The tactics used to steal information and money are becoming more sophisticated and involve a high level of technical expertise.

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Fraud Prevention: Protect your business from phishing

Phishing continues to be a pressing problem for businesses and their employees. For cybercriminals seeking to wreak havoc, phishing is cheap, effective and profitable.

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Beneficial Ownership Rule – Know the changes impacting your business

At Johnson Financial Group we're always working behind the scenes to stay current with government regulations affecting our customers, and communicating those changes so our clients understand the impact.

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ACA affordability percentages will increase for 2019

On May 21, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Procedure 2018‐34 to index the contribution percentages in 2019 for purposes of determining affordability of an employer's plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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When Politics and Markets Collide

Recently, our Chief Investment Officer, Brian Andrew, shared his perspective on what's happening in the markets during an economic update.

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How will the new tax law affect you?

With the passage of the new tax law in December, everyone is wondering how they will be impacted. Well, it's complicated. Every family in America has a different financial situation based on income, existing savings, where they live, where they work, the makeup of their families and so on.

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Advance Healthcare Directives

I recently learned that April is Parkinson's Awareness Month. As many of us know, Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects one's movement. According to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, an estimated seven to 10 million people worldwide live with PD with one million of those in the United States.