Austin A. Frye, JD, MBA, CFP® is featured in a new video on how financial advisors are being supportive to clients with coronavirus (Covid 19) and market fears. Watch here.
We wanted to reach out and check in on how you are all doing during these stomach-churning times. We hope you and your families are all safe and your health is not compromised. Here at Frye, as we continue to monitor the markets, we are also staying abreast of the rapidly changing data and advisories regarding the coronavirus.
The SECURE Act is the most significant retirement plan legislation in 13 years, and many of its provisions are effective in 2020. It affects employers who currently sponsor retirement plans, and encourages those without plans to set them up. It also impacts plan participants, IRA holders and their beneficiaries, and expands the uses of 529 college savings plans.
LPL Research sees this year as getting off to a good start with 4Q earnings season, and details several reasons for optimism. Read more.
LPLResearch on its recession watch update: ”…While in later stages of economic expansion, we see little threat of imminent recession. The current expansion is the longest on record, at 126 months, but the economy has grown at a slow and steady rate.” Read more.
Fourth quarter earnings season kicked off this week with 24 S&P 500 Index companies slated to report results. Our expectations are for a marginal increase in S&P 500 earnings per share (EPS) on a year-over-year basis, based on current FactSet consensus estimates (-2% year over year) and the average historical upside of roughly 3 percentage points.