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Chevron Lump Sums Experiencing Serious Drops, as Interest Rates Continue to Soar

Jun 22, 2022 2:04:36 PM
written by The Retirement Group

Many Chevron employees who are waiting to commence their pension lump-sums, will now see a significant decrease in their value. With short, medium, and long-term rates rising significantly over the last month, the higher average rates will result in lower lump-sums for those retiring in August of 2022. This is because when Chevron employees elect the month they would like to begin their pension, Chevron looks back at the third, fourth, and fifth months' rates to calculate the pension disbursement. When these interest rates move up or down, your lump sum amount will move in an inverse direction, so if interest rates increase, your lump sum amount will decrease and vice versa.

Through the pandemic, interest rates dropped dramatically which greatly increased many lump sum payments. This trend culminated in record lows for individuals who commenced their benefits in December of 2020. However, since then this trend has shifted, as interest rates have been increasing quickly, there has been a large reduction in pension lump-sum values.


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posted in Pension, Interest rates, Chevron, Inflation

Meta(Facebook) RSU and 401(k) Benefits

Jun 10, 2022 5:20:00 PM
written by The Retirement Group

With the recent news of slowdowns and reductions at Facebook, now is the time to get a refresher on your company benefits and understanding the transition process to minimize tax impacts.

This article will focus on your benefits and our Meta(Facebook) Transition page will discuss the 401(k) rollover process.

With turmoil now facing many employees historically Meta(Facebook) has been rewarding employees with some of the best benefits in the industry.  Meta(Facebook) offers RSU benefits as well as 401K very competitive matching contributions. These financial benefits have helped employees stay motivated and on track financially. 


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posted in Financial Planning, Lump Sum, Pension, Retirement Planning, Retirement, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Verizon, Northrop Grumman

Despite Concerns, Retirement Confidence Remains Steady

Jun 7, 2022 11:16:57 AM
written by The Retirement Group

Nearly three quarters of workers and 77% of retirees in a recent survey said they remain at least somewhat confident that they will experience a comfortable retirement, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Nevertheless, a third of workers and a quarter of retirees felt less confident this year due to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, with many respondents citing inflation as the reason.

Not surprisingly, those feeling less confident were also more likely to report poor health, lower income and saving rates, and higher debt. Women were much more likely than men to report lower confidence levels.


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posted in Retirement, Economy

Handling Market Volatility with Confidence

Jun 4, 2022 11:45:00 AM
written by The Retirement Group

Investing in 2019 was fairly easy. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P) returned nearly 28% for the year with only a few bumps along the way. Today, however, we're faced with a very different market. More and more uncertainties are seemingly hitting the headlines every day, from the global spread of COVID-19 and its potentially wide-spread economic impact, to a historically low Treasury note, and plummeting oil demand, resulting in a 13% drop in the S&P year-to-date, substantially wiping out gains from the past 12 months.


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

3 Reasons Why Interest Rates Are On The Rise

Jun 3, 2022 2:45:00 PM
written by The Retirement Group

Interest rates are a key driver of most financial assets. While most often referenced in relation to the bond market, rates are also a key input in traditional equity valuation models, which incorporate market interest rates to determine the appropriate rate to discount future cash flows. Interest rates are an essential element in bond pricing and the yield that investors require to own a particular fixed-income security. Since hitting an all-time low in 2020, interest rates increased in 2021 and have continued that climb higher thus far in 2022. This has put pressure on fixed incomes and certain areas of the equity market, which has led to stress in certain areas of the stock market, such as growth stocks, which can be sensitive to interest rate shocks. With that in mind, let’s examine why rates have been moving up, and whether this should be a cause for concern for Fortune 500 employees.


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posted in Interest rates, Inflation, Economy

Don't Panic: A Bull Case for Equities

Jun 3, 2022 8:46:00 AM
written by The Retirement Group

DON’T PANIC

Both stocks and bonds are off to one of their worst starts to the year in history. The S&P 500 Index declined -12.92% through the end of April 2022, and other broad market indices were similarly down double digits.1

What’s worse, investors, like those living in Texas or New York, are losing nearly as much on the fixed income side of their portfolios as they are on the equity side. The Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate bond index, a broad measure of domestic fixed income, suffered its largest quarterly loss (-5.93%) since 1980 to start the year2 and is down -9.50% through the end of April. The current environment has left investors feeling like there is nowhere to hide, and even prompted some to exit markets or go to cash, which is why we find it important to discuss this with our clients from Fortune 500.

Such a rash response could lead investors to miss out on an eventual rebound since historical equity performance post-corrections, as well as strong underlying economic fundamentals, suggest a bounce back in stocks will occur sooner rather than later. If you are unsure about your specific situation, feel free to speak to one of our retirement-focused advisors today!


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posted in Stock Market, Market Volatility, Inflation, Economy

Eggs in One Basket

Jun 2, 2022 11:15:00 AM
written by The Retirement Group

“Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”.

You’ve likely been seeing headlines about the recent volatility in the market. While historically this is nothing new, it can be difficult to watch your account values fluctuate.

As investors, we find that maintaining a long-term perspective helps keep us grounded. We know that the market goes up more often than it goes down and that short-term fluctuations in price indicate a healthy market of buyers and sellers.


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posted in Risk, Inflation, Economy

A Note On Inflation

Jun 1, 2022 4:18:00 PM
written by The Retirement Group

As the economy continues to recover from the effects of the pandemic over the past year, you may have noticed the term ‘inflation’ coming up in the news. But don’t let it scare you! The fact is, some inflation is good because it means the economy is bouncing back.

“Bouncing back” is exactly what it sounds like; stock and bond prices may show some volatility in the short term, as the market and the economy adjust to find a new equilibrium. That’s why, like always, it’s best to stay focused on your long-term financial goals rather than worry over any short-term noise.


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posted in Interest rates, Inflation, Economy

Rising Rates Join Long List of Housing Dilemmas

Jun 1, 2022 4:02:17 PM
written by The Retirement Group

Homebuyers braving the hot U.S. housing market have run headlong into a striking transition. The average interest rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage jumped from around 3.2% at the beginning of 2022 to 5.3% in mid-May, the highest level since 2009. This rise was sparked by the Federal Reserve's commitment to raise the federal funds rate — a key benchmark for short-term interest rates — to help control the highest inflation in decades.1

Although mortgage rates are not directly tied to the federal funds rate, all borrowing costs are influenced by the Fed's monetary policies. Mortgage rates tend to track changes in the 10-year Treasury yield, which is sensitive to changes in the funds rate and also fluctuates based on the bond market's longer-term expectations for economic growth and inflation.


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posted in Interest rates, Housing

A Note On The Yield Curve

May 31, 2022 12:43:00 PM
written by The Retirement Group

Recently, you may have seen some headlines talking about an "inverted yield curve" and what it may mean for the economy. An inverted yield curve is just one indicator of the economy's possible direction, so let's put these headlines into context.

First, what is the yield curve, and what does it show? The yield curve is a graphical representation of interest rates (yields) paid out by US Treasury bonds. A normal yield curve shows increasingly higher yields for longer-dated bonds, creating an upward swing. An inverted curve has a downward slope, indicating that shorter-dated bonds yield more than longer-dated bonds, which isn't typical.


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posted in Inflation, Economy, Yield Curve

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