The Retirement Channel

Expecting a Market Downturn? Make Sure You’re Following the “Noah Rule”

Predicting a major economic or financial event—whether that’s a recession, market downturn or even your own retirement—requires that you also take action. Otherwise your prediction was meaningless.

The Big Four Economic Indicators: November Real Retail Sales

Month-over-month nominal sales in November increased by 0.2% (0.19% to two decimal points). Real Retail Sales, calculated with the seasonally adjusted Consumer Price Index, decreased by 0.1% (0.07% to two decimal points).

Changing Speeds?

A review of last month’s market-moving events across countries and asset classes.

Advisors and Clients Walking past Each Other on Sustainable Investment

Did you know that more than $12 trillion in assets under management are engaged in one or more strategies of sustainable investment in the United States? This comprises more than 25 percent of the professional managed assets across the country and is a 38 percent growth from 2016 figures.

Three Highlights from the MarketCounsel Summit

MarketCounsel’s Summit, held earlier this week in Miami, lived up to its reputation as the “all-star game” of financial advisor conferences, attracting top-level executives from throughout the investment industry. Here are three highlights from Tuesday’s sessions.

Weekly Unemployment Claims: Up 49K from Last Week, Much Worse Than Forecast

This morning's seasonally adjusted 252K new claims, up 49K from the previous week's unrevised figure, was much worse than the Investing.com forecast of 213K.

What Inflation Means to You: Inside the Consumer Price Index

Let's do some analysis of the Consumer Price Index, the best-known measure of inflation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) divides all expenditures into eight categories and assigns a relative size to each. The pie chart illustrates the components of the Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers, the CPI-U.

The Best Content to Drive Engagement

Where can I find the best content to drive engagement? I’m not looking to provide market commentary. It would be great if I could customize it with our brand but not have to rewrite any of the content.

How UMA Platforms Drive Better investment Outcomes

One of the growing trends in the advisory profession is outsourced investment management – specifically using a unified managed account (UMA) platform. Many advisors have found that those solutions optimized their practices and helped deliver better investment outcomes for clients. I am speaking today the leader of one of the most popular solutions in that market, and we will discuss the trends and disruptors that advisors should prepare for over the coming decade.

Median Household Incomes by Age Bracket: 1967-2018

We have updated our commentary on household income distribution to include the Census Bureau's release of the 2018 annual data. Our focus was on arithmetic mean (average) household incomes by quintile (and the top 5%) over the 50+ year history of this data series. The analysis offered some fascinating insights into U.S. household incomes. But the classification misses the implications of age for income. Households are by no means locked into the same quintile over time.

U.S. Workforce Recovery

We've updated our monthly workforce analysis to include Friday's Employment Report for November. The unemployment rate fell to 3.5%, and the number of new nonfarm jobs (a relatively volatile number subject to extensive revisions) came in at 266K.

Demographic Trends for the 50-and-Older Work Force

Note: This commentary has been updated with the latest numbers from Friday's Employment Report. Consider: Today nearly one in three of the 65-69 cohort and one in five of the 70-74 cohort are in the labor force.

College Planning: Is the ROI in the College or the Major?

Over the course of 20+ years, families have been bamboozled into spending trillions on top-end colleges, while overlooking the fact that it's actually the academic major that is far more important.

A Primer on Retirement Plan Compliance

The purpose of this article is to better acquaint plan sponsors and service providers, like BDs and RIAs, dealing with 401(k) plans with the requirements they must understand and adhere to under ERISA.

Long-Term Trends in Employment by Age Group

The Labor Force Participation Rate (LFPR) is a simple computation: You take the Civilian Labor Force (people age 16 and over employed or seeking employment) and divide it by the Civilian Noninstitutional Population (those 16 and over not in the military and or committed to an institution).