TRIVIA TIME: how many stocks make up the Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index (a widely used benchmark for the U.S. equity market)? While the logical guess might be 5,000, the reality is that as of December 31, 2016, the index actually included around 3,600 companies. In fact, the last time this index contained 5,000 or more companies was at the end of 2005.1 Surprisingly to most, this reduction in investable companies is nothing new. Over the past two decades, there has been a steep decline in ... [Continue Reading]
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At varying ages and stages in life, people experience the impact of inflation at different rates. These varying rates of inflation and their subsequent expenses have a direct impact on the income needed from an investment portfolio. They must be accounted for within a holistic wealth management plan to ensure a successful outcome. The phenomena of experiencing the impact of inflation rates at varying stages of life is primarily observed through lifestyle expenses. For example, the inflation ... [Continue Reading]
As the preparation of your 2016 income tax returns are completed and filed (due by April 18, 2017), it is the ideal time to be thinking about 2017 planning. Following are a few notes and considerations we wanted you to be aware of: Contribution limits to 401(k) and 403(b) accounts remain unchanged for 2017 at $18,000, with an additional $6,000 catch-up contribution allowable for those age 50 or older.These limits apply to contributions to either a Traditional or Roth option within the ... [Continue Reading]
Many of you have been hearing or reading in the news the discussion on what is referred to as the “Fiduciary Rule.” A version of the Fiduciary Rule was originally proposed in 2010 by the Department of Labor (DOL), then quickly withdrawn amid great protest in the financial industry. Essentially, the concept is and was to overhaul ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act)—originally enacted in 1974 to regulate the quality of financial advice surrounding retirement. In 2015, President Obama ... [Continue Reading]
Throughout the years we’ve come to appreciate the different perspectives held by firms and service providers within the financial services industry that vary from ours at CCM. We believe that varying viewpoints lead to meaningful conversations that ultimately produce better advice, products and service for our clients. This point is timely this week, as a recent Wall Street Journal story, “DFA Funds Are Booming, but That Adviser Fee Matters,” rightly highlighted the benchmark beating performance ... [Continue Reading]