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How Life Varies in Different States

How Life Varies in Different States | Strategic Wealth Designers

Different strokes for different folks. One of the many advantages of living in the United States is there are so many different places to live. You can opt for the mountains or live by the sea. You can live in open country and rural farmlands, bustling cities or remote forested areas. Hot, cold or temperate…

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New Medical Research

New Medical Research | Strategic Wealth Designers

Chemotherapy may be highly effective in treating cancer, but its side effects also can be a nightmare for patients. Medical researchers have long tried to determine how to successfully cure cancer without chemotherapy, and a recent study yielded some very positive results.1 In the largest-ever study on breast cancer treatment, funded by the National Cancer…

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Retirement Readiness

Retirement Readiness | Strategic Wealth Designers

The Indexed Annuity Leadership Council recently published a report that included a scoring mechanism for how “retirement ready” Americans are based on job status. “White-collar workers” rated just below 50 percent in terms of retirement readiness, while “blue- and gray-collar workers” were somewhat lower, at 44.7 percent.1 Another recent report on retirement readiness was published…

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Annuity Strategies

Annuity Strategies | Strategic Wealth Designers

In a 2017 Nationwide Retirement Institute survey, financial advisors revealed some of the primary concerns of today’s pre-retirees, including maintaining their current lifestyle during retirement. These people also are less concerned with growing their assets; instead, they are focusing on drawing them down in a disciplined strategy without taking out too much too early —…

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Succeeding as an Entrepreneur

Succeeding as an Entrepreneur | Strategic Wealth Designers

There’s an age-old insight that’s often cited when referencing entrepreneurship: “90 percent of startups fail.” In fact, that may not be the case. According to new research by Cambridge Associates — assessing more than 27,000 venture-backed startups — the average failure rate was 60 percent.1 It could be that new technologies and the ability to…

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How Market Moves Affect Investor Decisions

How Market Moves Affect Investor Decisions

The National Bureau of Economic Research recently explored how continued low returns can influence saving, investing and retirement behaviors. According to the report, diminished returns tend to motivate people to save more in non-retirement accounts and less in their 401(k)s, alter their investment allocations, and even delay retirement and claiming Social Security benefits.1 While recent…

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Travel Ideas

Travel Ideas | Strategic Wealth Designers

Travelers Benefit from Industry Trends Many areas of the U.S. experienced sweltering heat throughout this past summer. As the seasons change, now is a great time to take a vacation and enjoy the cooler air. Plan to get away If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, consider locations not necessarily off the beaten path but…

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When to Pivot?

When to Pivot

The first half of 2018 went well in terms of market performance and economic growth. In fact, the second longest-running bull market in U.S. stock market history managed to weather a few bumps and bruises to climb even higher. That’s the good news. 1 The bad news are the expected near-term headwinds that could change…

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Legacy Issues

Legacy Issues

Sixty-three percent of surveyed affluent adult children between the ages of 18 and 22 say they’ll need to rely on their inheritance for financial security during retirement. Before the inevitable groan about the entitlement of youth, bear in mind that today’s young adults do have different financial challenges than in past generations. 1 It used…

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Trade Wars

Trade Wars

There’s a never-ending stream of political news these days, but the stock market has remained relatively resilient. The market successfully weathered potential distractions that may have been detrimental in previous years, but that calm may end as as there have been ongoing discussions about tariffs with global trade partners.1 In the past, the presidential power…

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