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Coronavirus bailouts will cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars

The U.S. government has now pledged almost US$3 trillion to save the economy and Americans from the coronavirus recession.

Most of that is aimed at individual Americans in the form of additional unemployment insurance or the so-called economic impact checks. About $1.2 trillion – and counting – represent bailouts for American companies, large and small.

And more than 60% of that is in the form of grants or other financial assistance that will likely become grants – funds that will not be recovered by taxpayers. The Congressional Budget Office estimated on April 23 that the company-related coronavirus bailouts, excluding the fourth one just signed into law, will ultimately cost more than $400 billion over 10 years. Given that most of the latest bailout, worth $484 billion, will most likely end up becoming grants to small businesses as well, the price tag is bound to get a lot higher

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Dusting Off the Misery Index from the 1970s

The past couple of months has brought untold misery to hundreds of countries around the world. Millions of COVID-19 infections, with hundreds of thousands of them fatal, 30 million plus unemployed in the U.S., rising levels of anxiety, depression and substance abuse. Maybe now is a good time to talk about the Misery Index. Understanding […]

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Video: The Coronavirus Contraction

The major flu in 1957-1958 killed many people and had an impact on the stock market much like today. This video provides some data and insight as to why the market impact from COVID-19 may be temporary and short-lived.

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Hope and Life after COVID-19

Hope and Life After COVID-19 There is little doubt that a time will come when we say the worst of is behind us, but life after COVID-19 will likely look much different. Few events are as truly worldwide as this or have had such a rapid impact on shaping our daily lives and routines.  Our […]

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Additional Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Updates

Who is affected by the CARES Act? The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, or the "CARES Act," provides relief to individuals, families, small businesses, and major employers.  The bill also puts measures into place designed to help the healthcare industry, as well as other sectors affected by the outbreak of the virus.  […]

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Video: Solve It – Preparing for Change

The old model of simple diversification using US Stocks and Bonds may need to be expanded into a more diversified approach. Strong Valley takes each client situation into account and implements more complex strategies and models where applicable.

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The SECURE Act has wide-reaching impact The “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Security Act”, or SECURE Act, was signed into law on December 20th, after passing with bipartisan support (97% of the house, and 71% of the senate).  Whether you are an employee with a 401(k) or a small business owner providing retirement benefit […]

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Give Gifts That Really Matter This Holiday Season

This article isn’t about the latest tech gadgets, travel destinations, or the latest “must-have” item for the holidays. The article focuses on prioritizing things that are truly priceless, like the gift of time. Time can mean both the time spent together or even taking the time to think more deeply about the sentiment behind the […]

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End of Year Planning Activities

This end-of-year planning article covers multiple topics, such as why donating securities may be better than cash for both the receiver and the donor. We also cover some ideas for both employees and employers that can reduce 2019 taxes and set the stage for years to come.

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New Retirement Plan Contribution Limits for 2020

The IRS has managed to pack a significant amount of complexity into a relatively simple change. Strong Valley clients should contact us directly to discuss how the new limits apply in your specific situation, and in the context of your retirement strategy.

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