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Up-To-Date Market Week

Jul 26, 2021 9:20:48 AM
written by The Retirement Group

The Markets (as of market close July 23, 2021)

Last week proved to be a choppy one for stocks. The week began with stocks trending lower on news of a spike in the number of coronavirus cases. However, strong corporate earnings reports helped support the perception that the economy is continuing to advance, despite the cloud of the Delta variant hanging overhead. By last Friday, both the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 reached record highs, with megacap tech stocks helping drive the indexes upward. The Nasdaq gained 2.8% to lead the major benchmark indexes, followed by the Russell 2000, the S&P 500, the Dow, and the Global Dow. Yields on 10-year Treasuries dipped 2.0 basis points lower, while the dollar and crude oil prices each ended the week higher. Gold prices, which had been climbing, took a slight step back, falling about 0.5%.

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New Global Tax Accord Takes Shape

Jul 22, 2021 10:46:38 AM
written by The Retirement Group

After more than four years of international negotiations taking place mostly behind the scenes, 132 countries — representing more than 90% of worldwide gross domestic product (GDP) and including the Group of 20 (G20) large economies — recently agreed to a new plan to reform international tax laws in an effort to "ensure that multinational enterprises pay a fair share of tax wherever they operate."[1] If you work for a U.S. multinational enterprise such as SONY, your company may be subject to the new tax rules.


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posted in Tax, Global

Hostage Data: Ransomware and Protecting Your Digital Information

Jul 20, 2021 9:39:19 AM
written by The Retirement Group

Have you noticed that gas prices have skyrocketed in your area?

Well, on May 7, 2021, the Colonial Pipeline, which carries almost half of the East Coast's fuel supply from Texas to New Jersey, shut down operations in response to a ransomware attack. Colonial paid a $4.4 million ransom not long after discovering the attack, and the pipeline was reopened within a week. While there was enough stored fuel to weather the outage, panic buying caused gasoline shortages on the East Coast and pushed the national average price of gasoline over $3.00 per gallon for the first time since 2014.[1]


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posted in Data, Information, Security

ExxonMobil Interest Rates Continue to Rise through the Fourth Quarter

Jul 20, 2021 8:00:00 AM
written by The Retirement Group

 

Interest rates increased, which will minimally reduce the value of ExxonMobil employees' pension lump-sums. Over the course of 2020, interest rates at ExxonMobil dropped dramatically, which greatly increased many lump sum payments. This culminated in record low rates for individuals that commence their benefits in the first quarter of 2021. However, we saw an increase in rates for the second & third quarters of 2021 and now fourth quarter rates have risen slightly higher. Rates rose roughly 0.04% in the most significant segment, in the last quarter.  


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posted in Financial Planning, Lump Sum, Pension, Retirement Planning

Should You Be Concerned About Inflation?

Jul 16, 2021 1:25:55 PM
written by The Retirement Group

If you pay attention to financial news, you are probably seeing a lot of discussion about inflation, which has reared its head in the U.S. economy after being mostly dormant for the last decade. In May 2021, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), often called headline inflation, rose at an annual rate of 5.0%, the highest 12-month increase since August 2008.[1]


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Federal Student Loan Interest Rates Set to Increase for 2021-2022

Jun 29, 2021 4:02:07 PM
written by The Retirement Group

After two years of decreases, interest rates on federal student loans are set to increase almost a full percentage point for the 2021-2022 school year.1 The interest rates on federal student loans are reset each year after the May auction of the 10-year Treasury note.

The rates apply to new federal student loans issued on or after July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022. The interest rate is fixed for the life of the loan.


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posted in Interest rates, Student Loans, Federal

How Are Workers Preparing for Retirement

Jun 28, 2021 12:33:07 PM
written by The Retirement Group

In general, workers seem to begin preparing for retirement almost as soon as they get their first job. However, according to the 2021 Retirement Confidence Survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), retirement preparations do vary a bit by age group.

Retirement Preparations
Nearly three-quarters (72%) of workers say that they or their spouse have personally saved money for retirement. Not surprisingly, the older the respondents were, the more likely they were to report saving:

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posted in Retirement Planning, Corporate, workers

Will Q4 ExxonMobil Interest Rates Continue to Rise?

Jun 21, 2021 1:30:00 PM
written by The Retirement Group

 

Interest rates are increasing which will reduce the value of ExxonMobil employees' lump-sums. Over the last year, interest rates at ExxonMobil have dropped dramatically, which has greatly increased many lump sum payments. This culminated in record low rates for individuals that commence their benefits in the first quarter of 2021. However, we saw an increase in rates for the second quarter of 2021 and now third quarter rates have risen even higher.  Rates have risen roughly 0.5% in the most significant segment, just in the last quarter.  If this trend continues, we could see a significant reduction in ExxonMobil lump-sum values. ExxonMobil's 4th quarter rates will be released next month, but early signs show they appear to be trending upward.


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Rising ExxonMobil Interest Rates Reduce Lump-Sums

Apr 15, 2021 2:03:31 PM
written by The Retirement Group

 


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Social Security for Divorcees

Mar 10, 2021 12:45:00 PM
written by The Retirement Group


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