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    The Price of Panic

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    The Battle Between Bulls and Bears

    Your CGF Team hopes that you and your loved ones have remained safe during these challenging times. We recognize the social impact of the coronavirus as well as financial turmoil can be very stressful. It is important to remember that, while the stock market has seen a lot of volatility in the last two months, it’s wise to stay focused on your long-term financial objectives. Click to read about the Bull and Bear markets.

    Epidemics and Stock Market Performance

    There are many factors that can impact stock market returns, but one concern of investors today is how the stock market will be impacted by a major epidemic or outbreak. Below we look at the historical performance of the S&P 500 Index during several epidemics over the past 40 years. We believe looking at the market's overall resiliency through several major epidemics can give us perspective on the benefits of investing for the long-term.

    Is the Bear Market Here to Stay?

    With the Dow dropping 20 percent from its highs and the S&P 500 following suit, we have finally seen the end of the bull market. So we find ourselves officially in a bear market, with all that implies. Stock markets around the world dropped again on the news.
     
    There are a few reasons for this new decline. The U.S. cut off travel to Europe for the next 30 days, as announced by President Trump. New COVID-19 cases have popped up to daily levels we have not yet seen in this crisis. The World Health Organization officially classed the coronavirus as a pandemic. The NBA suspended its season. Plus, on the celebrity front, Tom Hanks and his wife announced they now have the coronavirus.
     
    So, where do we go from here? Are things going to keep getting worse? If so, how much worse? And is there any reason to believe we may be close to a bottom?

    The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act

    On December 20, 2019, the SECURE Act was signed into law. The SECURE Act contains 29 provisions, encompassing many aspects of financial planning and retirement saving. Once treasury regulations are released, nuances in interpreting this new law will become clearer. Until then, individuals are left to interpret the law’s effects based on the language of the law itself. This article will address what the SECURE Act entails and who it affects, as well as provide suggestions on how to plan for the changes that have been instituted.