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The Return of the Roaring 20s

By Lineweaver Financial Group
April 26, 2021 Category: General, Finance, Educational, Commentary

When we think about the roaring 20s, nearly a hundred years ago, we all think of a decade of growth and celebration! And there were really 2 reasons for that: The end of World War One and the end of the Spanish Flu Pandemic. While we dont have the end of a major war, we are starting to see the end of the pandemic on the horizon and getting closer to herd immunity. But is that enough to kick off the roaring 20s for us again? First, lets consider this year so far. We had a solid first quarter: the SP was up 6.2%, the Dow was up 6.8%, and the US lead the world according to the MSCI. Even the Russell 2000 was up 13% in a sign that small caps are recovering. The driver of much of this growth is the growing vaccine numbers- on April 21st, President Biden announced that over 200 million people have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine. With herd immunity on the horizon, and the likely lifting of restrictions this spring or summer, its no surprise to imagine that a lot of people will

Combating COVID-19 Fraud

By Lineweaver Financial Group
April 06, 2021 Category: General, Economy, Fraud, Educational

In recent months, criminal organizations at both the local and international level have been using the identities of U.S. citizens to open accounts and file fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits, exploiting the unprecedented expansion of these benefits provided in response to economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. There are many ways that they are doing this, and the schemes range from targeting Medicare, social media, robocalls, and unemployment insurance. While not all schemes revolve around some form of identity theft, many do. According to Experian, one of the three major credit reporting agencies, here are some telltale signs of identity theft: You no longer get your household bills in the mail. Youve been turned down for a loan or credit card. Youre being billed for items you didnt purchase. Your financial accounts show charges you dont recognize. Your tax return was rejected. Small test charges appear on your credit card statement. Your creditors alert

Anxiety and Inflammation: Is There A Link?

By Lineweaver Financial Group
April 06, 2021 Category: General, Health, Educational

Although evidence is slowly mounting, we have a great deal to learn about the relationship between inflammation and anxiety. Anxiety disorders are common. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2015, an estimated 3.6% of the global population had an anxiety disorder, which is around 264 million people. What is Inflammation? Inflammation is a protective response that helps the body rid itself of the offending stimuli and protect the body. However, if inflammation persists, it can damage the cells and tissues it is designed to protect. Linking Inflammation and Anxiety Although there is now good evidence of links between inflammation and depression, less research has examined the relationship between inflammation and anxiety. Steadily, scientists are building up a body of evidence. Anxiety disorders are characterized by mental distress. However, they may also be associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, and metabolic disorders. Because

2021 Economic Commentary

By Lineweaver Financial Group
April 06, 2021 Category: General, Finance, Educational, Commentary

Vaccine-led Restart The new nominal theme which flags a more muted response in nominal government bond yields to rising inflation than in the past has played out since last year. Inflation-adjusted yields, or real yields, have fallen further into negative territory as a result. Additional fiscal spending could turbocharge a vaccine-led economic restart later this year one that we believe may exceed market expectations. Activity in many services sectors is already compressed with less room to decline further. Businesses have also adapted to an environment of social distancing, allowing operations to continue. Consensus expectations of the size of the shock have been revised down materially, particularly for the euro area. Vaccine rollouts are likely to stoke a sharper-than-anticipated rebound. A Different Shock We see pent-up demand in contact-intense services rebounding sharply once restrictions lift in the U.S. and euro area as seen in China, and supported by the accumulation in

Low Interest Rates Strategy Tips

By Lineweaver Financial Group
March 29, 2021 Category: General, Economy, Interest Rates, Educational

In the last year, low interest rates have become the norm as the Fed has used them to combat the economic effects of the Coronavirus. This can make it challenging for investments like CDs, your savings accounts even high yield accounts to make enough to outpace inflation. That means that your money is essentially becoming less valuable over time, which gives you less buying power. Lets talk about some strategies you can use in a low interest rate environment. Bonds are really the classic vehicle for generating income. On the downside, they will fluctuate with interest rate moves and have default risk. But they can generate income and serve as a ballast in a portfolio when equity values are volatile. Individual bonds may be difficult to buy, but bond mutual funds and ETFs can offer diversity and make the process easier and more cost efficient. One of the things that you can do is to create a bond ladder so youre investing in bonds that mature at different times or over a certain period.

Tax Tips for Filing in 2021

By Lineweaver Financial Group
March 13, 2021 Category: General, Economy, Tax Planning

As we get into tax season, filing for 2020 is fundamentally different from most tax years, especially in light of Covid and the stimulus packages passed last year. We thought it would be helpful to share a few general tax tips to keep in mind as youre working with your tax advisor. The first thing to consider is the tax stimulus credits.The EIP (Economic Impact Payment, aka stimulus check) is actually a 2020 tax credit that was advanced to taxpayers as part of the Cares Act. Certain qualifications, such as income levels and dependency status, impact the amount the taxpayer may receive. The first round allowed for a maximum of $1200 per qualifying adult and $500 per qualifying dependent child (age16 and under). The second round allowed for $600 per adult and $600 for dependents 16 and under. Another consideration during 2020 tax preparation isthe group of taxpayers caught in in-between taxpayers age 17 and over, usually high school and college children still claimed as dependents

Understanding Cryptocurrency

By Lineweaver Financial Group
February 18, 2021 Category: General

Lets talk about blockchain, which is the concept behind popular Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Cardano, and Litecoin. Blockchain seems complicated, but its core concept is really pretty simple its a type of database. To be able to understand blockchain, it helps to first understand what a database actually is. A database is a collection of information that is stored electronically on a computer system. Information or data in databases is typically structured in table format to allow for easier searching and filtering for specific information. A simple example for most people to visualize is a spreadsheet, like what youd use in Excel. The main difference is that spreadsheets are designed for one or a few people to store and access small amounts of information. By contrast, a database is designed to house huge amounts of information that can be accessed, filtered, and manipulated quickly and easily by any number of users at once. In either case, data is traditionally housed/stored

Cracking the Medicare Code

By Lineweaver Financial Group
October 01, 2020 Category: Medicare, Medicare Supplements, Retirement, General

Open enrollment for Medicare and Medicare Supplements is right around the corner. Medicare programs are notoriously challenging to navigate, but its a crucial decision that most of us will have to make at some point in our lives. The question most people start with is one of eligibility. There are two essential parts to Traditional Medicare, Parts A and B. Part A has to do with hospitalization, and you become eligible on the first of the month for your 65th birthday. If you become eligible for Part A, its recommended to enroll immediately because there is no premium. This remains true even if you are still working and have health insurance through your job. It will get you into the system, and youll start receiving Medicare You. On the other hand, part B has to do with doctor visits and bills, including medically necessary services or preventive care. Its recommended that you enroll with the Social Security office about 2-3 months prior to when youll be looking to receive the full

Market Challenges and the Coming Election

By Lineweaver Financial Group
September 10, 2020 Category: General, Market, Election

Key Points Challenges include elevated virus transmissions, high unemployment levels, the Presidential election and stretched valuation metrics Monetary and fiscal policy combined with vaccine developments are likely to continue to support risk assets 2020: A Historic Year 2020 will be remembered as the year the coronavirus severely tested the basic freedoms and tenets of capitalism in the United States. The virus has proven to be highly efficient in disrupting many of the daily routines we typically take for granted. Like an engine needs clean oil to operate smoothly, the free movement of people, goods, and capital are key lubricants capitalism needs to operate smoothly. The virus is near-perfect friction to this free movement. As we have witnessed, businesses and education systems have difficulty functioning without free movement. Unfortunately, we have also felt the human tragedy the virus has created with nearly 775,000 deaths globally,5 a number that will sadly go higher. For

Q2 and Three Steps to Take

By Lineweaver Financial Group
August 06, 2020 Category: Strategies, Volatile Market, General

The second quarter of 2020 is unlike any other. Weve been in the midst of a global pandemic that led to the stay-at-home mandates that caused a sharp, deep recession and left nearly 20% of Americans unemployed1. In May and early June, after many thought the curve of new coronavirus cases had been successfully flattened, economic reopening occurred across the country. However, within weeks the virus spread and the US entered the July 4th weekend reporting record numbers. With some progress reportedly being made on several treatments and potential vaccines, many people have started pricing risk assets as if the worst of impact from COVID-19 is over. This was before the onset of what many are calling the 2nd wave of new coronavirus cases, causing many to question the pace of any economic recovery. With expectations that the Federal Reserve will do whatever it takes to support the economy and risk assets investor attention has turned to Congress, as the $600 weekly unemployment benefit

5 Steps to Transitioning into a Successful Retirement

By Lineweaver Financial Group
July 14, 2020 Category: Retirement, General, Steps

Are you looking to start the transition into retirement? If so, we have prepared 5 critical steps to take into consideration when transitioning into this new chapter of your life. When preparing for retirement there are plenty of important decisions running through your mind. We have compiled these steps in order to help guide you along the way. Step 1: Plan for Increasing Healthcare Cost When it comes to healthcare, you have to be prepared for what could happen in the future. Fidelity does a study every year into the average cost of healthcare for a couple who is aged 65 and retiring. In 2019 it was estimated they will need $285,000 for healthcare and healthcare-related costs. This cost, unfortunately, will only increase significantly each year. Step 2: Consider Long-Term Care According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 70% of people aged 65 or older are likely to need long term care at some point. With such a high percentage of people in need of long-term care,

4 Helpful Strategies During this Volatile Market

By Lineweaver Financial Group
June 18, 2020 Category: Strategies, Volatile Market, General

Since the onset of COVID-19 in February, weve seen record volatility in the financial markets. But, its time in the markets, rather than timing the markets that will ultimately help set you up for success over the long-term. Here are a few strategies to help you keep your cool, remain invested, and weather the storm. First, consider using income-focused strategies to help weather todays uncertainty. When investing in individual stocks, its important to use caution for growth purposes or when you are nearing retirement. Normally, its best to employ a combination of different tools, including bonds or fixed income, based on your financial goals and time horizon. Secondly, remember that planning now could save you and your family hundreds of thousands of dollars later. One of the major changes of the past year is the elimination of the stretch IRA. This rule changes the way your heirs are able to receive inherited funds. Before the change, you were able to spread the inherited money

Strategies to Help Maximize Income and Minimize Taxes

By Lineweaver Financial Group
May 21, 2020 Category: General

Were all going through a situation with no precedent right now, and it can feel challenging to take any action. But, we believe that there are some important tax strategies that can help you navigate during these challenging times that may not only help you weather the current storm but set you up for success down the road. One strategy we recommend for our clients is tax-loss harvesting, which involves selling an investment that has lost value, replacing it with similar investment, and then using the investment sold at a loss to offset any realized gains. This can help investors minimize any taxes they may owe on capital gains or their regular income. It can also improve overall investment returns. This strategy, however, can only be applied to taxable investment accounts, including retirement accounts like IRAs and401(k). Another strategy can be a Roth conversion. Converting retirement savings from pre-tax to Roth accounts has become less expensive for many investors because of the

HealthWatch: Health and Nutrition Tips

By Lineweaver Financial Group
April 07, 2020 Category: General, Health, Nutrition

With the media being such a large part of society, its hard to know when information is accurate orwhen its a fabrication. This is extremely common in the world of health, and we often receive conflicting information about the best way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Below are just a few health and nutrition tips backed by science for these difficult times. 1. Avoid sugary beverages Its often convenient to grab a sugary drink when we are in a rush, or even when we are out to dinner. But consuming these drinks can have consequences, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Its best to drink something that is low in sugar. 2. Dont fear coffee While too much of anything is never a good thing, coffee is actually high in antioxidants and can help reduce the risk of Parkinsons and Alzheimers diseases. 3. Get enough sleep Sleep is extremely important for our mind and body in order to function properly. When our bodies dont get enough sleep it can drive insulin resistance, disrupt appetite

Letter from the President

By Lineweaver Financial Group
April 07, 2020 Category: General, Letter From The President

First, let me say the obvious: these are truly unprecedented times we are living through. Second, we appreciate how calm our clients have been. While everyone is feeling the anxiety and challenges of these times, I am truly impressed by everyone that I have spoken with. Please know that we will continue to closely monitor the markets, the economy, and your portfolio, and take action when we need to in order to best protect your hard-earned money. One of the conversations I am having with many of my clients is simply a reminder that the equities part of your portfolio is really meant for a 3-5 year timeline. For immediate money needs, weve layered in other strategies that are much less volatile, and which should offer you protection in the short term. We often hear from clients that other advisors that theyve had are more reactive, while we strive to be more proactive. We think that was the case this time as well. To take advantage of the strong market in 2019, we rebalanced in early January

What the $2 Trillion CARES Act Means for You

By Lineweaver Financial Group
April 01, 2020 Category: General, CARES, CARES Act, Stimulus

The CARES Act was signed into law on March 27th, 2020, and is designed to ease the financial burden placed on individuals, businesses, and other organizations created by the coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19. The bill separates into two distinct areas programs and protections for individuals, and programs and protections for businesses and other organizations. Below, well outline the main outcomes of the bill in each area. Keep in mind that this legislation has just passed, and everyone is rushing to interpret the 830-page bill. Its likely that the outcomes and interpretations by the various government agencies may change in the coming months, but heres what we know now. Programs and Protections for Individuals Direct Payments: Americans who pay taxes will receive a one-time direct deposit of up to $1,200, and married couples will receive $2,400. In addition, you can receive $500 per child. For individuals, payments are phased out starting at $75,000 in adjusted gross income

Is Your Tax Plan Working for You?

By Lineweaver Financial Group
February 12, 2020 Category: General, Tax, Tax Planning, Tax Strategies

Its that time of year again - tax season is upon us, and we want to remind everyone of some strategies you may be able to take advantage of on your 2019 tax return. A strategy that many find helpful is bunching deductions, which is essentially accelerating your write offs into one year to try to get above the standard deduction. Last year was the first time for all of us filing under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which doubled the standard the previous standard deduction from tax year 2016. But this year the only change is a slightly increased standard deduction over last year - $24,400 for Married Filing Jointly, and 12,200 if youre single. By bunching charitable gifts, medical expenses, or even your state and local taxes into one year, you may be able to realize significant savings. However, just keep in mind real estate and state and local taxes are still capped at $10,000. Many people also take advantage of gifting appreciated securities. For example, even if you only paid

Market Outlook 2020

By Lineweaver Financial Group
January 07, 2020 Category: General

What a difference a year makes! A year ago, at this time the market was coming off a 20% correction in the fourth quarter reflecting prevailing headwinds of rising interest rate, escalating global trade tensions between the US and China, uncertainty on Brexit, and growing concerns of slowing global growth. Today conditions have calmed. Central banks around the world are dovish, including in the US, where the Fed moved to make mid-cycle adjustments in the midst of uncertainty and raised chances of extending the cycle. Likewise, around the world central banks seem accommodative with negative interest rates prevailing in several key countries around the globe. The US and China have apparently reached a Phase I trade deal and while the situation is tenuous and large structural hurdles remain in the areas of intellectual property, leaders of both countries seem to be more motivated to move toward more substantial agreements into 2020. With this backdrop, conditions appear favorable for economic

Economic Commentary: Q1

By Lineweaver Financial Group
January 07, 2020 Category: General, Economic Commentary

Our reference to the classic Toots and the Maytals song comes as we see a de-escalation in trade tensions with China, diminishing risks of a no-deal Brexit and few signs that the record U.S. economic expansion is ending or reversing. Still, persistent trade uncertainty is denting business confidence and spending, particularly the longer-term risk of an unravelling of the global supply chain. Our take on the major investor themes for the weeks ahead: U.S. Equites: Sector Steering Defensive sectors have outperformed cyclicals this year against a backdrop of slowing growth and falling interest rates. However, we expect central bank easing could provide a floor for growth in the coming months. Among cyclicals, we remain constructive on technology, while we prefer less rate-sensitive sectors. Developed Markets: Winter of our discontent? Trade uncertainties and slowing growth have taken a toll on developed world stocks outside the United States. But not all DMs are created equal, and

Looking Forward and Giving Back

By Lineweaver Financial Group
January 06, 2020 Category: General

As most of you know, we have partnered with Harvest for Hunger since 2012, collecting food for the Cleveland Foodbank. Since partnering with Harvest for Hunger and the Cleveland Food bank in 2012, the food collected at our WealthWATCHSM programs, client appreciation, and other events has provided more than 43,000 meals. Thanks to all of our clients and friends who have helped us reach this amazing milestone. This year, we also had the unique opportunity to partner with Ben Curtis, the 2003 British Open Champion, and the Ben Curtis Foundation. Bens Foundation provides similar services to the food bank, but works exclusively with children in need in Kent, Ravenna, and Barberton. One in five children struggle with hunger, and Ben and his foundation are able to help more than 2,440 children in our own backyard. We also had the opportunity to partner with former Browns Coach Sam Rutigliano, and his Inner Circle Foundation. Coach Sams Foundation, a member of the International Literacy Association,

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