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New bull market turns one!

Going back to World War II, in every instance the S&P 500 was up significantly the first year of the new bull market. On average the first-year annual performance was more than 40%. The good news is the gains continued in year two, as stocks were also up the second year of a new bull market every single time. The average was up a solid 17% in year two.

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The GameStop Stop

With the ongoing GameStop saga, we see a new development in the stock market: small Mainstreet traders taking on the big Wall Street Hedge funds and winning - at least for a while. Let's take a look at what occurred and what this may mean for the market and investors.

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Curt's View: Market Outlook 2021

Outlook 2021 In this video, I look back at 2020 and consider early indications of a bright outlook for the new year. In spite of some challenges, I see 30,035 reasons for optimism. See Curt's update here.

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What is the Social Security Tax Torpedo?

The Social Security Tax Torpedo is a nasty tax spike that often impacts people receiving Social Security income. It's nicknamed a torpedo because the increased effective tax rate only lasts while Social Security income is taxed. It starts when Social Security first becomes taxable and lasts until all Social Security income has been taxed. Like a torpedo, it strikes, and then it's gone.

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Your Company Suspended 401k Matching, What Should You Do?

Flexibility is part of the 401k's design. It is better to have benefit reductions than to have employee terminations or go out of business. These suspensions are usually short term, or the plans may come out of compliance by becoming top-heavy. The most important thing the employer can do is to notify employees of the change. If you have questions on your plan, see your HR Department for more information.

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"Rules of the Road" Revisited

The world is a complicated place. So complicated, it's worthwhile to review the so called "rules of the road." These are the investment rules of thumb that we hear about all the time. So are these useful principles or oversold bromides? In this four part series, I'll give you my take and a new perspective.

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Bear Cat Bounce?

What is a "cat bounce?" Is the current rally in the market something to last or just a blip? Here we take a look, as well as what may be ahead for the markets and the economy.

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