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Atlanta-Exciting News for Retirement Contribution Limits for 2019

The IRS has announced that you will be able to save more toward retirement, the last time there was an increase was in 2013. For 401k, 403b, most 457 plans and federal government Thrift Savings plan, the saving cap is increased from $18,500 to $19,000. The additional catch-up contribution limit for 50 and over remains at…

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Year-End Special Edition: A Look Back at 2018

The close of the year provides an opportunity for investors to step back and consider the wider financial landscape. This week, we’re reviewing some key issues that defined 2018, as well as some factors that may influence financial markets in the coming year. Year in Review Wall Street began 2018 in rally mode, as enthusiasm…

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Turbulence Continues for Atlanta and the Nation

Last week, domestic markets had some of their worst performance in 10 years.[1] The S&P 500 lost 7.05%, the Dow declined 6.87%, and the NASDAQ dropped 8.36%. All three indexes have now lost at least 8% in 2018.[2] On Friday, December 21, the NASDAQ entered a bear market, which means it’s at least 20% below its last…

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Stocks Down, Change Ahead?

Last week brought more volatility to the markets. While domestic indexes had some rallies as positive trade news emerged earlier in the week, by Friday, December 14, they had erased any gains. The last time major U.S. indexes ended in correction territory was March 2016, meaning they are now at least 10% below their highs from…

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Volatility Continues

Markets went for another wild ride last week, as major domestic indexes swung back and forth. By Friday, December 7, markets had posted their worst weekly performance since March – and the S&P 500 and Dow both moved into negative territory for 2018.[1] Overall, the S&P 500 lost 4.60%, the Dow declined 4.50%, and the…

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