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Market Comment from Pacific Wealth Management (Jan)

The financial markets in 2019 delivered some of the most productive investment returns we have seen in a decade. Last year began with a strong reversal of the steep decline stocks experienced in the fourth quarter of 2018, when it became clear the global economy’s growth was slowing. Counter-intuitively, despite this slowdown, stocks finished 2019 near record highs. Although we don’t expect a recession in the new year, we also do not expect the markets to earn returns close to last year’s results.

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Planning for Special Needs Individuals

529a ABLE accounts are tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. The primary benefits include: • Income earned by the account will not be taxed nor will withdrawals for ‘qualified expenses’; a wide array of expenses qualify • Anyone can contribute funds to the account • Value is excluded from consideration in means-testing to determine eligibility for public benefits

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Market Comment from Pacific Wealth Management (Aug)

The last 18 months have been a roller coaster ride for investors, even though stocks and bonds have delivered strong returns this year. With interest rates around the world declining, the financial markets have been mostly ignoring the increasing number of signs our global and U. S. economies are slowing. The volatility that initially reappeared in 2018, then in early May of this year, and now again within the last week, is increasingly looking like a precursor for more in the future. Although we feel the global economic expansion can continue, our business cycle appears to be in the later stages. Investing is likely to become more challenging from here.

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Cost of Probate in CA

Small California estates with assets worth $150,000 or less may be settled without formal probate proceedings, using relatively simple transfer procedures. However, if the gross estate exceeds this amount and it contains assets which must pass through probate, the estate can expect to incur substantial expenses.

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