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FCMS Quarterly Market Review & Outlook

In our commitment to provide ongoing communication and leadership, we are writing to you today to make you aware of the outcomes of our most recent economic committee meeting for the Freedom Capital Management Strategies®. As you know, COVID-19 began impacting the market during the first quarter of this year. This is a detailed outline of the trends we are monitoring, their implications, and also our perspectives. 

Perspectives on Market Volatility Amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

To Our Valued Relationships, 

We are writing to you today as a follow up to our initial communication on February 26, 2020,  to provide our latest assessment and historical perspective of the extreme market volatility that continues to persist given the global spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Market Commentary January 2020

In our commitment to provide ongoing communication and leadership, we are sharing with you the outcomes of our most recent economic committee meeting for the Freedom Capital Management Strategies®.  This quarterly update provides insight from our economic committee's findings on the macro-economic environment.

This report is available in both video and print formats.

 

Market Commentary October 2019

In our commitment to provide ongoing communication and leadership, we are sharing with you the outcomes of our most recent economic committee meeting for the Freedom Capital Management Strategies®.  This quarterly update provides insight from our economic committee's findings on the macro-economic environment.

This report is available in both video and print formats.

10 Years and Counting: Points to Consider as You Approach Retirement

If you're a decade or so away from retirement, you've probably spent at least some time thinking about this major life change. How will you manage the transition? Will you travel, take up a new sport or hobby, or spend more time with friends and family? Should you consider relocating? Will you continue to work in some capacity? Will changes in your income sources affect your standard of living?

Market Commentary

In our commitment to provide ongoing communication and leadership, we are sharing with you the outcomes of our most recent economic committee meeting for the Freedom Capital Management Strategies®. This quarterly update provides insights from our economic committees findings on the macro-economic environment. 

This report is available in both video and print formats.  

Financial Basics for Millennials

With age comes responsibility, so if you're a young adult in your 20s or 30s, chances are you've been introduced to the realities of adulthood. While you're excited by all the opportunities life has to offer, you're also aware of your emerging financial responsibility. In the financial realm, the millennial generation (young adults born between 1981 and 1997) faces a unique set of challenges, including a competitive job market and significant student loan debt that can make it difficult to obtain financial stability.

Retirement Confidence Increases for Workers and Retirees

The 29th annual Retirement Confidence Survey (RCS), conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) in 2019, found that two-thirds of U.S. workers (67%) are confident in their ability to live comfortably throughout their retirement years (up from 64% in 2018). Worker confidence now matches levels reported in 2007 — before the 2008 financial crisis.

U.S.-China Trade War: Who Pays the Price?

On May 13, 2019, escalating trade tensions between the United States and China sparked a worldwide stock sell-off that wiped out more than $1 trillion in global equity values.1 The markets recovered over the next three days, but tensions between the economic giants continued to drive volatility with no resolution in sight.2 Investors sometimes overreact to short-term events, but the conflict with China has been simmering for decades, and an extended trade war could have long-term economic consequences.

The Future of Social Security and Medicare: Here's What Trustees Are Projecting

Most Americans will eventually receive Social Security and Medicare benefits. Each year, the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds release lengthy reports to Congress that assess the health of these important programs. The newest reports, released on April 22, 2019, discuss the current financial condition and ongoing financial challenges that both programs face, and project a Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2020.