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How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Have you been a victim of identity theft? If not, chances are you know someone who has. According to a report conducted by Javelin Strategy and Research, 14.4 million people were victims of identity fraud in 2018! So, what can do you do help protect yourself and your personal data? 

What Will Progress in the Coronavirus Mean for the Economy and Markets?

In the past week, we’ve seen signs of progress in the coronavirus pandemic. As such, it’s a good time to evaluate where we are with containing the virus—and what comes next for the markets and economy. Let’s start with taking a look at the data on the virus itself.The Virus Itself: Signs of ProgressGrowth rate. As of this writing (April 22, 2020), the daily case growth rate has been below 4

How Should I Invest During the COVID-19 Crisis?

I spent some time this past weekend recording a video entitled, “How Should I Invest During the COVID-19 Crisis?” This video may be helpful for you if you’ve ever wondered:

Retirement Account Rule Changes Under the CARES Act

For many Americans, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in an immediate need for funds that can provide financial stability. In response, lawmakers have lessened financial burdens through stimulus legislation that includes several temporary rule changes to retirement account withdrawals.

Understanding the New CARES Act: Your Questions Answered

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act) into law. The CARES Act has been enacted as a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is intended to provide immediate and ongoing economic relief to individuals and businesses affected by the crisis.

The CARES Act, Economy & Stock Market

You may be asking questions about this unprecedented stimulus package that’s on the brink of being passed by the House of Representatives and are wondering whether you’ll be eligible for a check and what the process might look like for receiving your check. In this video, I address these things and also gives you my outlook on our economy and the stock market.

Retirement Dreams: Distinguishing Fantasy from Reality

Planning for retirement used to be easy. You worked hard until age 65, and then you reaped the benefits of your savings, pension plan, annuities, and social security in order to live out your retirement dreams. That was then...now, the costs of benefits are increasing and pension plans are becoming obsolete. The familiar retirement model is changing before our eyes.

A Message for Aggressive Investors

This video was made especially for aggressive investors who are asking whether they should buy into this market. Here, I offers you 5 Tips For Buying Into This Stock Market. If you consider yourself a less aggressive or more conservative investor, I have some tips for you, too. Contact me at valerie@grinkmeyerleonard.com to learn more!

Risk and Markets

All of the recent market volatility can test your investment risk tolerance. Here are Valerie's thoughts on the latest market conditions.

5 Steps to Help You Stay on Track for Retirement

Let’s face it—saving for retirement is often easier said than done. Life events, market volatility, and an uncertain economic climate are all factors that may cause you to get off track. Nonetheless, you can still choose to take control of your retirement today. It all boils down to having a plan—and sticking to it.

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