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Here are some things you might consider before saying goodbye to 2020. What has changed for you in 2020? For many, this year has been as complicated as learning a new dance. Did you start a new job or leave a job behind? That’s one step. Did you retire? There’s another step. Did you start a family? That’s practically a pirouette. If notable changes occurred in your personal or professional life, then you may want to review your finances before this year ends and 2021 begins. Proving that you have all of the right moves in 2020 might put you… [...]

Spotlight on Stimulus

Written by: Benjamin Bimson CIMA®, CMT® / CIO, BCJ Financial Group There is no doubt an attention shortage on the current Presidential election. The details of which candidate will win has increasingly been sidelined by the one pressure that is affecting both sides of the isle – the demand for more fiscal relief. It can be incredibly difficult to isolate strong political preferences from the impact of yet another large and meaningful fiscal relief package. To date, Corona Preparedness, Families First, Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES), PPP/Health Care Enhancement, and the Loan to airline industry has reached approximately… [...]

Social Security beneficiaries will see a modest increase in the 2021 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). The 2021 adjustment of 1.3 percent will increase benefits for roughly 70 million Social Security beneficiaries resulting in an average increase of $20 per month for each recipient.1,2 This 1.3 percent increase may be viewed to pale in comparison to the previous years’ adjustments of 2.8 percent in 2019 and 1.6 percent in 2020. However, it’s important to keep in mind that this adjustment was designed to keep Social Security benefits in pace with inflation, tying the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price… [...]

Global Manufacturing: A V-shaped recovery

Guest Post by Ned Davis Research Global manufacturing continued to show strong signs of recovery in September following the COVID-induced lockdowns earlier in the year, giving us further signs that the global recession is over. The global manufacturing PMI increased 0.5 points to 52.3 in September, its highest level since August 2018. It was the third straight month of expansion and the fifth successive increase in the index, albeit that smallest inthe sequence. COVID losses recuperated The latest reading in the PMI is historically consistent with 3.3% annual global industrial production growth, which is released with a several month lag.… [...]