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Q1 2022 Market Recap
A lot has happened since the beginning of the year. The biggest macro event is Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine. While the human impact has been devastating and tragic—and our hearts and support are with the Ukrainian people—our job here is to focus here on the economic and financial market impact of this event. It […]
Investment Portfolios in Today’s Uncertain Times
Investment Portfolios in Today’s Uncertain Times It has been a choppy start to the year and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has only added to the volatility so we wanted to share some of our thoughts and market expectations. The underlying circumstances around any market volatility always differ, but they usually center on uncertainty. Today, Russia’s invasion […]
Self-Employed Retirement Plan Options
Self-Employed Retirement Plan Options Are you a freelancer or an entrepreneur? Being your own boss has many perks. You can set your own schedule, prioritize the projects that mean the most to you, and have the leverage to make key decisions that can alter the course of your career (maybe hit the slopes of Mount […]
American Rescue Plan Act.
American Rescue Plan Act. The federal government recently passed a third stimulus package called the American Rescue Plan Act. Eligible individuals and families will receive stimulus checks up to $1,400 per person. As a reminder, here is what you need to know about your third stimulus check. Stimulus Checks: Q&A Taxpayers who qualify will receive […]
Analysis: Socially Responsible Investing vs Impact Investing
Analysis: Socially Responsible Investing vs Impact Investing. What Is It And Why Should You Consider Adding It To Your Investment Portfolio? 2020 has been a year of stress and uncertainty – but it has also been a year that’s brought to light issues of social justice, climate change, and social responsibility. But as investors, our […]
Overview Should I Refinance My Mortgage?
2020 continues to be the year of volatility in our financial markets. Consumers do not have to look very far to see an advertisement for a mortgage refinance or may have even received a call from their current lender regarding lower rates available in today’s market. Or even heard of friends who recently refinanced at […]
Q1 2020 Client Letter
Q1 2020 Client Letter Dear Ascent Client: We are living through an extraordinary period in history. The impact on our families, communities, and country has been profound. The United States and world are now facing the dual threats of a health crisis and an economic crisis. Both need to be fought with monumental government policy […]
CARES ACT passed (Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act)
CARES ACT passed (Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act) On Friday, March 27th, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). Below is a summary of the incentives passed that may affect you and your business. This summary is not meant to be all-inclusive and many of the provisions […]
Ascent Continues to Operate Remotely
Ascent Continues to Operate Remotely Hello, Clients and Friends of Ascent: First and foremost we hope all of you continue to stay physically and mentally healthy during this global pandemic crisis our Nation and the World try to overcome. It is hard to believe that 10 days have passed since Ascent first made the decision […]
COVID-19 Update: Ascent Operating Remotely
COVID-19 UPDATE: ASCENT OPERATING REMOTELY Dear Clients and Friends of Ascent Capital: In response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and in an effort to protect the health and well-being of the Ascent Team and visitors to our office, Ascent will operate on a virtual basis effective March 17 through at least Friday, March 27th. As […]
Investment Management vs Wealth Management: What is the difference?
Investment Management vs Wealth Management A common misconception among consumers seeking professional financial advice is that all advice is created equal, or ‘all financial advisors do the same thing’. This could not be further from the truth. As its name suggests, investment management focuses on the oversight of investment assets without much, if any, consideration […]
Is a Roth Conversion Right For you?
Is a Roth Conversion Right For you? Roth conversions are a hot topic right now with investors due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and the more recent changes to retirement planning with the passing of the SECURE Act in December of 2019. But the question remains, should I be converting my […]
2019 Market Recap
2019 Market Recap What a difference a year makes. While in 2018, it was very difficult to make money in financial markets, in 2019 pretty much everything went up. Our portfolios meaningfully participated in the global equity rally. And portfolios with fixed-income allocations benefited from the fall in interest rates/rise in bond prices last year […]