Just like your annual physical, it’s a good idea to schedule a check-up for your estate planning documents to ensure everything is as you intend. Granted, it’s probably not the most exciting activity on your to-do list, but you don’t want to let important details derail all the work you’ve done.
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The SECURE Act 2.0 is now law and contains many provisions that retirees and pre-retirees should be aware of. Some provisions are effective in 2023 and others won't kick in until future years.
2022 was the most difficult year for investors from a return and volatility standpoint since the Global Financial Crisis. Multi-decade highs in inflation combined with historically aggressive Fed rate hikes and growing concerns about economic and earnings recessions to pressure both stocks and bonds. The S&P 500 posted its worst performance since 2008 while major benchmarks for both stocks and bonds declined together for the first time since the 1960s, punctuating just how disappointing the year was for investors.
Earlier this year, the House of Representatives passed a follow-up bill to the SECURE ACT – the SECURE Act 2.0 – on a nearly unanimous vote. Then in June, the Senate advanced two different pieces of similar legislation that have not yet gained final Senate approval – and time is running out before Congress adjourns for the year.
Back in 1972, Yale Hirsch of the Stock Trader's Almanac proposed the existence of the Santa Rally – and it's been a constant source of eggnog-fueled debate for decades. The Santa Rally refers to the general tendency of the U.S. equity markets to post gains in trading days between Christmas and the first two days after New Year’s, but has recently been extended to include the entire month of December.