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Coronavirus: What the Viral Epidemic Means for Investors

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Last week saw the worst week on Wall Street since 2008, as the Dow fell into correction likely due to the outbreak and spread of COVID-19, commonly called novel coronavirus. A market correction is a nerve-wracking event for investors, but the current uneasiness in the markets may be no cause for panic.

Market Impact

While the spread of COVID-19 is atypical, market corrections are not. In fact, they are an entirely normal process, and not altogether unexpected after experiencing the longest-running bull market on record. There have been 22 market corrections since 1974, and they are aptly named because the market usually “corrects” itself and returns prices to their longer-term trends. While the coronavirus is likely to cause economic impact into at least the second quarter of 2020, historically, Wall Street’s reaction to these types of epidemics has been short-lived. In the recent past, the 2002 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak, the 2012 Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak and the 2014-2016 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak did negatively impact economic growth and disrupt the capital markets over short time horizons of one or two years. However, these past virus-triggered market corrections indicate that economies and financial markets will not be significantly impacted over the long-term.

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Five Ways to Ensure Your Money is Bringing You Happiness

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Money makes us happy, doesn’t it? Well, not necessarily. Money and happiness researcher Elizabeth Dunn says there are five key principles to live by if you want to derive maximum happiness from your money. In her book Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending, co-authored with Michael Norton, Dunn says there are five keys to money happiness:

  1. Buy Experiences
  2. Make it a Treat
  3. Buy Time
  4. Pay Now, Consume Later
  5. Invest in Others

Dunn doesn’t try to convince you to spend less, just to make sure you’re getting the most intrinsic happiness possible from your spending. Let’s delve deeper into each of her five principles.

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Cross-Border Planning: A Financial Strategy for Money Crossing Borders

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There is a new kind of wealth planning emerging; one that is essential for anyone who holds assets or has family connections in more than one country. In an increasingly globalized world, the cross-border planning strategies of the global elite are becoming essential to a greater number of families. Is your life based in more than one country? Do you have business interests in multiple countries? Are you moving to the US either temporarily or permanently? Alternatively, are you leaving the US to work overseas? Or do you plan to retire abroad? Unsurprisingly, there are special considerations – not to mention pitfalls – when money moves across borders, so cross-border wealth planning takes into account everything from currency fluctuations to tax rules, estate planning, and even to political instability.

As with all financial planning, a cross-border strategy is all about helping you keep as much of your money as possible. Even if you aren’t moving countries, you can benefit from this type of planning if you have financial interests outside of the U.S., if you have dual citizenship or if you or your spouse have foreign family members.

estate planning, money management, retirement planning, taxes

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Everything You Need to Know About Succession Planning

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Whether your organization is large or small, a start-up or an established entity, employees will come and go. When someone leaves your business, it’s important to retain all the knowledge they accrued over time and to plan for someone else to be able to step into their role. This is called succession planning, and it’s integral to preventing knowledge loss and maintaining normal business operations in the face of employee turnover.

If you don’t have a succession plan in place just yet, read on to learn about the steps you should take to develop a plan and ensure its success.

business management, financial planning, wealth management

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Is Impact Investing Right for You?

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There’s a growing trend among investors – both individuals and institutions – to use their money to effect positive change in the world. For these investors, gone are the days of simply calculating which funds will generate the greatest returns. Instead, impact investors choose where to put their assets based upon their desire to improve the world in some way, while earning money in the process.

Could impact investing be right for you? Well, if you consider yourself a bit of an activist for one or more societal or environmental causes, it could be. Let’s examine the pros and cons of this investment trend.

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