31 Mar
March 31, 2020

Investors have been forced to deal with higher levels of volatility across stocks, bonds, and alternatives since mid-February as markets attempt to price in the risk of the Coronavirus and an oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia. Savant’s Investment Research team is digging into the details with charts to provide perspective around coronavirus cases and the price war, their impact on markets to date, and some historical context regarding bear markets. 

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24 Mar
March 24, 2020

Investors have been forced to deal with higher levels of volatility across stocks, bonds, and alternatives since mid-February as markets attempt to price in the risk of the Coronavirus and an oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia. Savant’s Investment Research team is digging into the details with charts to provide perspective around coronavirus cases and the price war, their impact on markets to date, and some historical context regarding bear markets. 

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11 Mar
March 11, 2020

As you hear regular coronavirus updates coupled with headlines about the market’s recent volatility, it’s difficult to put everything into perspective. If left unchecked, even the most valid emotions can lead you down a dangerous path concerning your investments.In this 20-minute webcast, our Investment Research team will put recent updates into perspective for you by addressing common questions and concerns.

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04 Mar
March 04, 2020

Albert Einstein said, “The most powerful force in the Universe is compound interest.” He referred to it as one of the greatest “miracles” known to man.

Compound interest is interest added to the principal of your investment so that from that moment on, the added interest also earns interest. This addition of interest to the principal is called compounding, and the outcome can be very powerful.

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27 Feb
February 27, 2020

Your chance of being born on February 29 is 1 in 1,461. The chance is 1 in 4 that any given year will be a Leap Year. Every four years we get an extra 24 hours because our calendar year is not perfectly 365 days long. It takes the earth 365 days, plus six hours, to travel around the sun. Therefore, the purpose of February 29 is to keep our calendar aligned with the earth’s revolutions around the sun. But

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20 May
May 20, 2019

Do you have a loved one who is disabled or who has special needs? Many times individuals with special needs rely on public benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, and other programs to help with living expenses. In order to retain eligibility for such benefits, the individual’s cash and investment assets may not exceed $2,000. This restriction often makes it difficult for special needs individuals to achieve a greater quality of life and financial independence.

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04 Jan
January 04, 2019

As we enter what feels like an unprecedented new year of volatility, market pressure, and uncertainty, many investors are on edge. Fear can cause many to lose their better judgement. In these moments, it is critical to focus on the long term and resist the temptation to try to time the market. Let’s sort through the noise, and put some of this recent volatility in perspective.

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02 Jul
July 02, 2018

The financial services industry is having a conversation. At the center of this conversation are women: women in financial service provider roles and women as investing clients.

Depending on which metrics you are tracking, it is reported that only one in four financial advisors are women.

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07 May
May 07, 2018

With the new tax reform, now is a good time to re-evaluate your current and future tax strategies. With the ultimate goal of increasing after-tax return, the focus here will be less on items like standard deductions, personal exemptions or child tax credits and more on investment tax tools

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22 Dec
December 22, 2017

In the 1630s in Holland, tulips were a relatively new flower. (The first tulips came to Europe from Turkey in 1554.) The flowers were perceived as a luxury, so they were in high demand across Europe and there was a limited supply. In the mid-1630s, speculation entered the market. The price for tulips began to rise beyond the “rational” price of a flower. By early 1637, the highest valued tulip bulbs were selling –singly – for more than ten times

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07 Jul
July 07, 2016

For charitably inclined individuals, many strategies exist that allow you to meet your philanthropic goals while creating tax savings. One strategy to consider is a Qualified Charitable Distribution, or QCD. QCDs are distributions that come directly from your IRA to a qualified charity of your choice. This type of IRA distribution is not included in the taxpayer’s AGI. QCDs became permanent with the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015, and this strategy allows individuals to

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20 May
May 20, 2016

In early 2000 I knew I wanted to be a financial planner. It merged two of my favorite loves: working with people and math. (I loved math so much that I took classes over the summer of my teenage years so I could finish Calculus in my sophomore year of high school. I know, I know…youth is wasted on the young.) The problem was that my university did not offer a degree in financial planning, so I was on my

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01 Apr
April 01, 2016

I earned my undergraduate degree in the late 1990s, a time that was truly fascinating to be taking classes in Investments. Alan Greenspan’s ominous warning of “irrational exuberance” was already fading to distant memory, and I remember one of my professors teaching us about the “New Economy” and openly questioning – in all seriousness – whether the United States would ever have another recession. The thesis was that the Federal Reserve may have become so good at feathering the monetary

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