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Speculating During the Pandemic

May 2020  By: JARED HAMMERS, CFA

At a time when casinos around the country are temporarily closed due to COVID-19, Americans have found a new avenue for wagering: short-term trading in the stock market. In addition to stay at home orders, there have also been technological improvements that enable anytime access to trading platforms, as well as a meaningful reduction in…

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Survivorship Planning Checklist

May 2020  By: MICHAEL McLEOD, CFP®

In many families, one partner takes a more active role in handling the finances than the other. Often, this division of labor stems from fear, time pressure or lack of interest. Regardless of the root cause, having one spouse exclusively handling family finances can put the other partner in a difficult position in a time…

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Planning for Retirement in the COVID-19 Age

May 2020  By: KYLE POWERS, CFP®, MBA, AIF

This article was originally published within the Savannah Morning News, found HERE. Major economic events give us a compelling reason to revisit our retirement plans, evaluate household spending and take a hard look at our long-term goals. So, with the Coronavirus shaking up the marketplace and creating uncertainty in both the job and stock markets, how…

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A Great Achievement Earned by Our Director of 401(k) Advisory Services

The Fiduciary Group is pleased to announce that Kyle Powers, Director of 401(k) Advisory Services, has successfully completed all of the requirements of the CFP® Certification program and is now a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional.  To earn the right to use the CFP® marks, an individual must satisfactorily fulfill the following requirements: Education – In…

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Planning Amid Uncertainty

April 2020  By: MICHAEL McLEOD, CFP®

In times of heightened volatility and uncertainty, it’s helpful to revisit the fundamental question of why we plan and invest in the first place.  As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, we will continue to see significant and wide-ranging implications on many aspects of our daily lives, businesses, and communities. The financial markets, too, have…

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Traditional vs. Roth IRA: Which Option is Best for You?

April 2020  By: KYLE POWERS, CFP®, MBA, AIF

You’ve been working hard and earning income for years, hopefully saving a portion of your earnings for retirement. With most pensions having gone away, retirement savings accounts like an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) are going to be your safeguard or reserve to generate retirement income. The type you choose — whether a Traditional IRA or a…

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Why You Should Write a Letter to Your Executor–and What to Say in It

April 2020  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD

This article was originally published to subscribers of The Wall Street Journal, found HERE. I once had a client who half-jokingly told me he wanted to be buried with his iPhone in his hand so he could call me—the executor of his estate—from the afterlife to make his voice heard. Writing a letter to your…

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Malcolm Butler’s History of The Fiduciary Group: 2000 – 2020

March 2020  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD

It has been about two decades since my father, Lee Butler, wrote the history of the first 30 years of our firm. At the end of his story, he left it to me to write my own account of the firm’s history from that point forward. It has been a great run over the past…

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Understanding the Benefits and Risks of Bonds

March 2020  By: SCOTT McGHIE, CFA, CPA

Especially in times of significant stock market volatility, bonds have an important place in a balanced investment portfolio. The income that bonds generate coupled with their relatively low-price volatility can help mitigate overall portfolio risk. Unlike stocks, which provide equity interest in a business, bonds are a form of debt in which the investor serves…

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Please Meet: Maggie

We know the past few weeks have been extremely stressful and thought our clients might enjoy a bit of levity. As many of you know, The Fiduciary Group is a pet-friendly workplace, where Malley serves as the firm’s Chief Morale Officer and Stella serves as the firm’s official Sentry. We recently welcomed a new canine…

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