Category: Economic Trends

How-To: Monte Carlo Simulations in Accumulation

The Accumulation calculator has always been particularly useful in depicting how the stock market can affect your assets, but now it’s even better. A few updates ago, Todd introduced a feature that can reverse or randomize the S&P rates, so that you can more effectively show “Monte Carlo” scenarios.  If you haven’t tried it yet, I’ll show you how.  The benefits? Not only can you back up your knowledge with how the market has performed in the past—you can demonstrate how slippery it can be to rely on chance. Because

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Tackling Fear (And Taxes): 4 Steps to Controlling Your Mindset

There’s a lot going on this season that can feel overwhelming—not only is there fear and anxiety surrounding COVID-19, but we’re seeing a tumultuous stock market. AND it’s tax season.  With fear on the minds of many, it’s important to assuage that fear wherever possible. We’ll use tax season as an example since it hits close to home: The home office deduction. To this day, there are still accountants that will encourage entrepreneurs not to take the home office deduction—usually because they’re worried that it will raise red flags.  The

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The Fallacy of Free

Every single thing we do requires an exchange–of time, of energy, of money. Nothing in this world is free. Now more than ever, people seem to be on the lookout for how to get the most while spending the least. There’s a common belief, perpetuated by marketing, that it’s possible to receive a maximum return for a minimal exchange. What gets left out, or forgotten, is that everything has a cost, even if that cost isn’t cash. Is Anything Really Free? The “fallacy of free” persists on the notion that

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Testing a Theory: Will Large-Scale Retirement of 401(k) Owners Affect the Stock Market?

The rumor mill is swirling with the notion that stock market is due for a crash any time now. As difficult as the market can be to predict, is the rumor really far off the mark? If you look at past data, recessions are a natural part of the economic cycle…and even the longest economic expansion only lasted 10 years. The ten year mark for our current expansion is fast approaching, and the warning signs are starting to pop up. We’re not endorsing a crash, but preparation for events like

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The Stock Market: A Bubble About to Burst?

Is Disaster Inevitable for Stock Market Investors? I ran across an interesting article recently on Forbes.com by economic analyst Jesse Colombo with some controversial and thought-provoking research on the matter. While many people are speculating (logically) that the stock market bull run can’t last forever, according to Colombo, the problem is potentially much worse than the possibility of a minor market correction. Laying out his case (which many charts and graphs to illustrate) in “Disaster is Inevitable When the Two-Decade-Old Stock Bubble Bursts,” Colombo argues that the stock market has

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