Quarterly Insights – April 2019

A Strong Start to the Year, But Risks Remain Stocks rebounded strongly in the first quarter thanks to a combination of improving U.S.-China trade relations, the Federal Reserve halting interest rate increases, and a better outlook for corporate earnings. The S&P 500 finished the first quarter of 2019 with the best quarterly return since 2009. Starting with U.S.-China trade negotiations, significant progress was made towards a new deal over the past three months, highlighted by the removal of the March 1st trade deal deadline imposed by the administration back in late November. Most of that progress occurred in January and that was one of the initial catalysts for the first quarter rally in stocks. [...]

Health Savings Accounts might be the best savings vehicle available

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) I have spent many hours discussing the relative advantages and disadvantages of Roth 401(k)s versus Traditional 401(k)s. The answer in that debate? It depends ... but what if you could have the best of both? While Roth plans generally give you tax-free distributions, you pay taxes prior to contributing dollars to the plan. Conversely, Traditional plans allow your contributions to avoid current taxation, however you pay taxes on your distributions. So the IRS gets you on the way in or on the way out. However ... HSAs generally allow you to take a tax deduction on your contribution (like the Traditional) and gives you tax free distributions (like the Roth). The [...]