Managing Risk

Anastasia Wiese Featured in MLive, Offering Investment Tips During Inflationary Times

With inflation on the rise, many households are revisiting how to save, invest, and spend their hard-earned money. In a recent MLive article on how to budget for higher prices, Anastasia Wiese, JD, CFP® shared several best practices for sustaining your investment stamina during inflationary times.

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What is Regulation Best Interest and How Does It Impact you?

If you’re not a financial practitioner, you may have missed the news that the Security and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Regulation Best Interest (Regulation BI) rule took effect on June 30 of this year. The rule doesn’t require anything of investors and is aimed at financial advisors offering investment advice and recommendations, but what is Regulation BI, how does it impact you and can it offer you a fiduciary level of care?

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Anastasia Wiese Describes RMD Put-Backs

Did you take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from your IRA earlier this year? If so, to help with the financial fall-out from COVID-19, the IRS is allowing you to reverse your 2020 RMD distribution … but you must act by August 31. In a July 28th Grand Rapids Business Journal column, Anastasia Wiese, JD, CFP® describes how the RMD “put-back” works, and whether to consider taking advantage of the opportunity.

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Anastasia Wiese’s GRBJ Commentary: Understanding Sequence Risk

In a June 25th Grand Rapids Business Journal column, Anastasia Wiese, JD, CFP® described how current uncertainties may expose retirees to “sequence risk,” or the risk of encountering negative investment returns early in retirement. Specifically, the random sequence — or order — in which you earn your returns early in retirement can impact your lasting wealth. How does sequence risk work, and how can you manage it if it happens to you?

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Steve Starnes Comments in GRBJ on Avoiding Emotional Investment Decisions

It may go without saying that investors should avoid placing rash trades in volatile markets. But as Steve Starnes, MBA, CFP® points out in a Grand Rapids Business Journal piece, temptations abound when emotions are high. People working from home may watch their investment accounts and the market mood swings a little too closely, which could lead to ill-advised panic-trading. Steve offers several moves investors can consider taking instead.

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Anastasia Wiese Comments in GRBJ on Current Market News and Volatility

In her March 18 Grand Rapids Business Journal Banking & Finance commentary, Anastasia Wiese, JD, CFP® helped readers put the current elevated levels of market volatility in proper context. “While the desire to pull money out of the U.S. markets and sit in cash is a natural emotional response, now is not the time to panic,” writes Anastasia. “Times like this reinforce the importance of having a well-diversified portfolio among global stock and bonds.”

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Anastasia Wiese Offers 15 “Recession-Proofing” Financial Tips in Recent GRBJ Article

We cannot know how long, or how severely current market volatility will impact our investment portfolios. Either way, there are a number of sensible steps you can take before, or even during a recession that can add real value to your financial well-being. In a March 3rd Grand Rapids Business Journal column, Anastasia Wiese, JD, CFP® offered 15 such timeless tips for preserving, protecting, preparing, simplifying and understanding your financial worth.

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Grand Rapids Business Journal: Anastasia Wiese Discusses What to Make of an Inverted Yield Curve

Every so often, the U.S. Treasury bond yield curve “inverts,” as it has recently, with short-term Treasury bills yielding less than their long-term counterparts. Since past inverted U.S. yield curves have usually been followed by U.S. recessions, we tend to hear about them. In an April 30th GRBJ piece, Anastasia Wiese, JD, CFP® discussed being cautious about lending any one economic indicator excessive predictive powers, especially with respect to your disciplined investment strategy.

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Grand Rapids Business Journal: Steve Starnes on Money & Memory Loss During the Holidays

As a traditional time for family gatherings, the holidays also can be a good time to hold meaningful conversations about helping out (or being helped by) loved ones – especially if a family member is experiencing memory loss or other signs of dementia. In a GRBJ November 2018 article, Steve Starnes, CFP® offers practical advice on how families can approach care-giving conversations, while remaining sensitive to the delicate challenges involved.

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Grand Rapids Business Journal: Steve Starnes CFP® Authors a Financial Planning Article for Widows/Widowers

In an August 29 GRBJ article, Steve Starnes CFP® offered a number of insights into the financial dilemmas faced by those who have been recently widowed. While you’re grieving, it can be difficult to make decisions about a barrage of seemingly critical questions. “Not so fast,” advises Steve, as he covers the financial activities that can, and probably should, be put on hold.

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