The investment world offers so many options not just in your investments, but in those you work with who manage them.
As the economy continues to shake off the effects of the Great Recession, the real estate market in Atlanta seems to have found its footing again. Home values in Atlanta are up 14% over 2014(1).
Late 2015 saw legislation passed that included the phase out of a lesser known Social Security claiming strategy called “File & Suspend/Restricted Spousal Application.”
Given the stock market’s higher volatility during the last few months of 2015 and the start of 2016, let’s look at the volatility itself, the major causes, and how it has affected our asset class allocation decisions for 2016.
We estimate fourth quarter GDP growth in the U.S. will be 2%, once all numbers are in. That would put full year GDP growth at about 2.2%, which is below the level for 2014 (2.4%) and for 2013 (2.6%).
Stocks rallied in the fourth quarter, with U.S. stocks rising 7%, international stocks up about 5% and even Emerging markets eeking out a small gain.
The business owner who wants to build a successful business may offer a 401(k) retirement plan to his or her employees as a benefit.