Weekly Investment Update: September 20, 2021

Weekly Investment Update: September 20, 2021

Global equity markets declined for the second week in a row, as the S&P 500 (a proxy for large-cap US stocks) lost 0.5% and the MSCI ACWI (a proxy for global stocks) dropped 1.0%. Emerging markets stocks continued to lag developed market peers (the MSCI Emerging Markets index was down 2.2 percent for the week), as concern over the delta variant and increased government regulation in China persists.

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What Employee Benefits Should I Use for My Small Business?

What Employee Benefits Should I Use for My Small Business?

Today’s job market is highly competitive. With more young professionals entering the workforce with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, expectations for salaries are rising. In many cases, top talent doesn’t choose a company based on the numbers alone. Professionals want both tangible and intangible benefits to make their work/life balance work for them.

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Is Now the Right Time to Buy or Sell Real Estate?

Is Now the Right Time to Buy or Sell Real Estate?

Charitable giving is one of the greatest pleasures we can experience as we reach financial stability. While many people believe that it isn’t as satisfying as buying a new luxury item, little can compare to changing someone’s life through selfless generosity. When we are younger, we often volunteer to feel this sense of unity (when we don’t have the means to contribute financially). However, as we reach a more secure stage in life, our financial contributions can help us still feel connected to our communities. 

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How to Decide Where to Give

How to Decide Where to Give

Charitable giving is one of the greatest pleasures we can experience as we reach financial stability. While many people believe that it isn’t as satisfying as buying a new luxury item, little can compare to changing someone’s life through selfless generosity. When we are younger, we often volunteer to feel this sense of unity (when we don’t have the means to contribute financially). However, as we reach a more secure stage in life, our financial contributions can help us still feel connected to our communities. 

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Why A Savings Account Isn’t Enough: Investments Don’t Have to Be High Risk, No Reward

Why A Savings Account Isn’t Enough: Investments Don’t Have to Be High Risk, No Reward

Many of our clients at OneAscent come to us with a dilemma: they’re not sure whether they’re in the right position to start investing. Many are trying to decide how much money to put in low-risk and easy-to-access savings accounts compared to long-term investments to help prepare for the future. As trusted financial advisors, we try to help people individually balance investing and saving.

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Weekly Investment Update: August 30, 2021

Weekly Investment Update: August 30, 2021

Global equity markets advanced last week as Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve Chair, indicated that the Fed may begin tapering its monthly bond purchases in 2021 but that investors should not expect interest rate hikes in the near-term. His comments came after the annual Jackson Hole symposium and investors seemed pleased by the message, as the S&P 500 (a proxy for large-cap US stocks) gained 0.9% on Friday.

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