Business and Finance
According to Morgan Stanley, a GOP plan to place US corporate taxes within the 20% range could significantly boost the country’s economy.
Retirement plans are almost always considered a priority, and most people have some form of account in place. Once you decide to start saving, however, the real challenge is determining where and how. There are numerous options, and all have different advantages (and disadvantages).
Essex Financial VP and financial advisor James Sullivan explains that first, everyone needs to define a hierarchy for themselves. Once they do, the key is learning which savings platforms best meet their needs.
Getting your employer to match your 401(k) contributions is the best place to start. Once that’s done, consider your tax brackets but current and future. Pre-tax retirement accounts and IRAs are most suitable for those who predict lower tax brackets at the time of their retirement. Roth accounts, on the other hand, work well for those who anticipate higher tax brackets in the future.
“Frankly, we don’t know what the tax code will be next year,” let alone in a few decades, Sullivan cautions. He suggests considering your current age rather than tax bracket alone. He believes that 20 years is a good marker; if you have at least 20 years before retirement, a Roth account may be more advantageous. However, some employers will only match a regular 401(k), which you should choose over a Roth IRA. He explains that employer-sponsored plans are automated, which is a tremendous benefit. Small amounts are saved throughout the year, instead of a lump sum being contributed at the end of each year, when possible. Retirement plans that are sponsored by an employer are also protected from creditors, as opposed to IRAs which often are not.
Sullivan recommends switching from a 401(k) to an IRA later on in the process. “401(k)s are great for accumulation, but IRAs are much better for funding your retirement. Why have your former employer still involved with your finances when you don’t work there anymore?”
According to recent reports, the U.S. economy accelerated during the second quarter, surpassing previous predications and reaching its fastest growth rate in over two years. However, the third quarter will likely show a loss of momentum because of the hurricanes which battered the country at the start of the season.
The Commerce Department gave its third estimate earlier this week, revealing that GDP increased at an annual rate of 3.1% between April and June, demonstrating an increase in inventory investment.
Economists throughout the U.S. expect the damage from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to reduce up to 6/10s of a percentage point in growth in the third quarter.
“The destruction caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the resulting disruption are expect to be a drag on third-quarter growth,” said Plante Moral Financial Advisors CEO Jim Baird. “Nonetheless, the economy remains on track.”
Hurricane Harvey has impacted retail sales, industrial production and homebuilding and home sales, and other markets will likely see damage as a result of Irma’s strike as well. Rebuilding and development in the aftermath of the storms, however, are likely to boost gross domestic product growth in the fourth quarter as inventory investments from businesses increase.
Daniel Silver of JPMorgan explained: “The data available so far suggest that the firming in real inventory accumulation between second quarter and third quarter could be significant and could add over a full percentage point to growth in the third quarter.”
In recent news, Novartis Chief Executive Joseph Jimenez is going to be retiring in 2018. Starting in February, 2018 Vasant Narasimhan, the chief drug developer for the company, will take over as CEO. Jimenez is stepping down after a decade of service at Novartis and after securing U.S. approval for a new gene therapy for leukemia.
As Jimenez said, “After 10 wonderful years in Switzerland, my family is ready to return to Silicon Valley and the United States.”
Narasimhan has been with Novartis since 2005 and became global head of drug development and chief medical officer in 2016. Chairman Joerg Reinhardt said “Vas is deeply anchored in medical science, has significant experience in managing the interfaces between research and development and commercial units and has strong business acumen with a track record of outstanding achievements.”
Certainly this is good news for the cancer drug market. AstraZeneca announced recently that its immunotherapy drug Imfinzi has been granted a new status by U.S. regulators. It will now be considered as a “breakthrough” designation by U.S. regulators for treating non-metastic lung cancer.
This status allows the drug to, hopefully, have a quick regulatory review and it confirms that the drug is working for early stage lung cancer.
Learn more about the drug and its new status.
Over three years ago, in March 2014, Essex Financial Services chose Advent’s Black Diamond platform to meet its portfolio management, reporting and rebalancing needs. The firm’s focus is as a Registered Investment Advisor although it also offers brokerage services. Essex Financial offers comprehensive wealth management and financial planning to its clients, offering custom-developed strategies for individuals, businesses and corporate retirement plans.
The Black Diamond solution offers the firm scalable technology that allows Essex Financial to more efficiently manage its large and complex operations. For instance, before Black Diamond was incorporated into Essex Financial’s operations, the firm’s advisors needed to ask for client reports several days in advance of their need at client meetings. Black Diamond facilitated access to client information immediately, saving time and bother for the financial managers. Black Diamond has also enhanced the ability of advisors to see revenue flows before bills are distributed.
President and CEO of Essex Financial Services, Charles “Chuck” Cumello explained his satisfaction with Black Diamond: “We can handle a broad range of client situations, from the fairly routine retirement planning and college funding aspects, all the way up to the unique needs for intergenerational wealth transfer and legacy planning of high net worth clients,” Cumello said.
Essex Financial has its main office in Essex, Connecticut, where, over the past 30 years the firm has grown to manage or administer $3.3 billion in assets.
Garbage and waste are complicated and often controversial topics. It’s important to understand the details and implications of landfill processes before determining the next course of action, and this is especially true a the West Lake Landfill. Despite recent attention and growing concerns, digging up and moving the contents of the landfill is an expensive, potentially harmful process which should not be taken lightly.
For more information regarding this discussion, see the West Lake Landfill YouTube channel.
Have you always wanted to own Nordstrom Inc.? Now might be your chance. The Nordstrom Inc. family is talking to buyout firms about raising the $1-2 billion in equity they would need to fund a potential bid to become private. The family group, which today owns 31.2% of the 116 year company is hoping to become private.
Nordstrom is talking to private equity firms but is keeping it all confidential until a final agreement is reached. Their shares were trading up 6.2% at $47.40 recently. The group that is interested in this agreement includes Nordstrom Chairman Emeritus Bruce Nordstrom, his sister Anne Gittinger, President James Nordstrom and Nordstrom co-Presidents Blake, Peter and Erik Nordstrom.
At the moment, they have 354 stores in 40 states which include both Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack. They have stores, as well, in Canada and Puerto Rico.
If you monitor what’s happening with Snapchat, then you’ll want to know about the latest. Share of Snap fell 1.5% on Monday as the focus on its CEO has raised eyebrows.
Twitter users have even been urging a boycott of the company after a legal document that was unsealed last week showed that Snap Chief Executive Evan Spiegel apparently said in 2015 that he was not interested in prioritizing growth in India and Spain because they are “poor.”
Spiegel is alleged to have said, “This app is only for rich people. I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.”
Snapchat claimed, however, that these words were written by an angry former employee and not the CEO. As they said in a statement, “We are grateful for our Snapchat community in India and around the world.”