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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Initial unemployment claims rose for the first time in four months as the rising number of coronavirus infections have forced many states to halt or rollback their respective plans for re-opening. While the overall trend toward lower...

 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The market volatility index (VIX) saw its sharpest spike in a month last week alongside a significant drop in consumer sentiment. While the S&P 500 Index has risen over 40% from its March lows, the CBOE Volatility Index remains...

 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Gold has recorded five straight weekly gains and is up over 19% for the year as the in-favor precious metal continues its surge toward all-time highs. Prices rose close to 2% last week, settling over $1800 per ounce, piercing through a...

 

Monday, June 29, 2020

As the total daily number of passengers boarding commercial flights has started to increase from historical lows, airline stocks are looking to move past survival mode and return to profitability. While the numbers are trending in the...

 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

While their stores have been shut down for business, many retailers have not been paying rent to their landlords. Over 40% percent of major retailers failed to pay rent in full last month due to the coronavirus crisis, according to a...

 

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Monday, June 8, 2020

Both the US unemployment rate and the amount of initial unemployment claims decreased last week indicating the nation’s economy is recovering faster than expected from the coronavirus pandemic shutdown. The U.S. unemployment rate...

 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Although the stock market and consumer confidence appear to be telling two different stories, they are both an integral part of the same narrative regarding the influence of the economy and consumer sentiment upon one another at...

 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

A quick google search on the topic of value investing returns countless results questioning the efficacy of value investing over the past decade. “The Death of Value Investing”, “The Case Against Value”,...

 

Monday, May 11, 2020

It was only weeks ago where the price of a barrel of US oil futures plunged below zero, an unprecedented and unfathomable demonstration of the quickly vanishing capacity to store the worlds vast crude supply amidst a global shutdown...

 

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The retail apocalypse that began a decade ago with the widespread closing of many traditional brick and mortar retailers throughout North America is likely to pick up steam in the latter half of 2020 as a result of the devastating...

 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

With interest rates at historic and unprecedented lows, the temptation to “reach for yield”, the propensity to buy riskier assets in order to achieve higher yields, is greater than ever. Unique challenges and constraints...

 

Monday, April 20, 2020

Insider Buying Soared in March While Markets Fell Famed investor Peter Lynch was noted as saying that "insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise."...

 

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The timely expression has long been used to justify the influence of Fed policy on the stock market, suggesting that investors can do well to invest in a way that aligns with current monetary policies of the Federal Reserve Board,...

 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

With three coronavirus stimulus packages already passed, it may only be a matter of time before we see a fourth. As massive as the most recent $2 trillion package was, it’s possible that the next wave of fiscal stimulus will be...

 

Monday, April 6, 2020

Mega Backdoor Roth The elusive Mega Backdoor Roth is no longer a secret only available to retirement planners. Since the IRS released guidance that addressed backdoor Roth IRA conversions and the Mega Backdoor Roth IRA, it has gained...

 

Friday, April 3, 2020

A Bloomberg Intelligence index of ETF’s used by retail investors saw outflows of $2.8 billion for the week ending March 20th, its first net outflows of the year and its largest in over two years.(1) BlackRock’s iShares Core...

 

Friday, April 3, 2020

This correspondence is intended to summarize and share our perspective on how the first three (3) phases of Federal Coronavirus (COVID-19) stimulus measures impacts how RMR Wealth Builders, Inc. administers personal client and business...

 

Friday, April 3, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic has brought the economy to a virtual standstill in forcing many businesses throughout the country to shut down, the number of Americans filing for unemployment claims surged to a record 6.6 million on...

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

With oil prices plunging to a 17 year low alongside the coronavirus pandemic, the markets are dealing with the simultaneous emergence of two black swan events, a vicious 1-2 combination that has the global economy reeling. When Russia...

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

While history affords us the hindsight to see exactly when and where each bear market ends, trying to do so in the present has usually proven to be inaccurate, unreliable and harmful. The end of the volatility and bottoming process is...

 

Monday, March 16, 2020

With two of the most volatile weeks in market history behind us, and with an unclear and uncertain near -term future, it’s important to remember and to understand the greater context of RMR’s long-term investment philosophy...

 

Monday, March 2, 2020

Coronavirus fear has raised the risk of a recession and a bear market for stocks according to Ed Yardeni of Yardeni Research, written in Barron’s online article posted on February 27th.1 The market witnessed a brutal two-day...

 

Monday, January 27, 2020

We have recently completed a full review of the RMR Pillar Portfolios for the First Quarter of 2020. The Quarterly Investment Notes are attached, detailing our reasoning for any changes and our market outlook. Fixed Income 2019 showed...

 

Friday, January 24, 2020

Do you have questions about when to file your 2019 taxes? We break down the 2019 Tax Form delivery calendar below for National Financial Services brokerage accounts. This calendar is helpful for clarifying when your account-specific...

 

Friday, October 4, 2019

We have recently completed a full review of the RMR Pillar Portfolios for the Fourth Quarter of 2019. Take a look at our Fourth Quarter Investment Notes below. Fixed Income Amid building evidence that trade wars are stirring up the...

 

Monday, September 23, 2019

RMR Wealth Builders is a wealth management organization that understands how complex the personal financial planning process is to most people. We believe our role is to remove the emotion from the process by providing solutions to...

 

Monday, August 12, 2019

President Trump announced last week that he was imposing an additional 10% tariff on $300 billion of Chinese goods entering the U.S. on September 1st. The news broke right after our Federal Reserve lowered interest rates 25 basis...

 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

We have recently completed a full review of the RMR Pillar Portfolios for the Third Quarter of 2019. Take a look at our Third Quarter Investment Notes, detailing our reasoning for the changes and our market outlook. Fixed Income The...

 

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

RMR has had a busy summer so far, in and out of the office. Here are some updates around the firm from this quarter! New Hires We had two incredible new hires this quarter. Aiden Wright is a returning Financial Services Intern from...

 

Monday, June 24, 2019

As of June 2019 Balance is necessary for a successful financial plan. Unfortunately, many investors aren’t sure where to begin. There are simply so many variables to consider. Stocks, bonds, and rates. Oh my! With trade talks...

 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The following are true stories. The names have been changed to protect the guilty. Case #1 Group Benefits Debacle Several years ago, I worked for a firm that advised and provided Executive Carve-out benefits for our corporate clients....

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

RMR Investment Committee Every quarter, RMR’s Investment Committee looks at the current market trends and predictions to adjust or affirm our outlook. We look at a variety of factors affecting both fixed income and equity markets...

 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Thinking about Retirement early on in your career is something few of us spend any considerable amount of time doing. It seems so far off… Everything will take care of it self. In this day and age, you need to start the process...

 

Friday, March 29, 2019

RMR’s first quarter saw many fun changes and family additions. Here, we will update you on the activities we participated, the people who make this organization great and what’s on the horizon for RMR. RMR Family Additions...

 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

There are many misconceptions surrounding whole life insurance policies. So, the question becomes: is Whole Life Insurance worth it for you? That depends on a host of factors. Here, we’ll explain when it makes sense to get Whole...

 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Often times, employers are faced with group healthcare rates that are generally not negotiable. This is typically due to the fact that there is no leverage against an insurance company regarding a group's actual claims performance or...

 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

We’ve all heard it: your investments should be diversified. But what does that mean, and why is it so necessary as part of a stable financial plan? If your investments are not diversified, you could also over-concentrated in one...

 

Thursday, December 20, 2018

New York City firemen are one of the few groups of people left in the country that will retire with an employer sponsored monthly pension. However, there are a lot of different avenues for additional savings along the way. Firemen can...

 

Monday, December 10, 2018

Halloween Candy and Costumes RMR celebrated the holidays in style this quarter, spreading spirit and smiles within their community. On Halloween, RMR kept with its tradition and visited St. Frances De Chantal and St. Raymond’s...

 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Stuart Simchowitz has been named to the 2018 Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Advisors! He joins financial advisors from 38 states and Washington, D.C. in being selected as one of the nation's 401 top DC plan advisors. It's quite a...

 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

In an increasingly complex financial environment, several basic financial challenges are constants. These include planning and paying for college, purchasing a home, and planning for retirement. While the average American can expect to...

 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A stunning recent report from the Economic Policy Institute indicates that, "nearly half of families have no retirement account savings at all." Adding to this dire outlook for Americans and retirement, a GOBankingRates survey...

 

Monday, July 2, 2018

One of the most exciting financial trends over the past few decades has been an increased focus on using corporate and newly created wealth to support worthwhile philanthropic endeavors. Whether these efforts are carried out through an...

 

Monday, July 2, 2018

Saying "I do" marks the start of your new life as part of a married couple. But after the hustle and bustle of planning your wedding and honeymoon have faded, you may be left with some questions—and concerns—about...

 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Every one of us has a unique set of interests and financial goals. Finding the right balance of investments to help ourselves get the things we want varies from person to person. It is very common that we collect a variety of...

 

Monday, June 11, 2018

When it comes to investing, the importance of getting an early start can't be overstated. The time value of money means that $5,000 per year invested from ages 25 to 35 will ultimately compound to more than that same $5,000 per year...

 

Monday, April 30, 2018

When you're young and just starting out in life, you can often feel invincible. Few members of the Millennial generation have life insurance outside an employer-provided policy, and even fewer have disability insurance—perhaps...

 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The creation of a Financial Plan is an important step in reaching goals or getting to and through retirement. We often find that household financials become a collection of random accounts that lack coordination, are not being used to...

 

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Power of Prioritization The textbook definition of prioritization is two-fold. As a principle, it means doing first things first. As a process, it means evaluating a group of items and ranking them in order of importance or urgency...