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O-Zones (Opportunity Zones): Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 brought about a new type of investment offering, Opportunity Zones, which provide a unique way of mitigating capital gains tax. It’s been reported that Qualified Opportunity Funds have raised over over $6.7 billion thru December 2019, and that there are over 200 available funds. Keep reading to learn more about O-Zones and their tax benefits, and to explore the characteristics of an investor that might consider this opportunity.

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Risk Premiums and What They Mean for Your Portfolio

Given an ever-shifting market, it’s important to stay abreast of asset class expectations and how changes in market levels over time can help drive asset allocation decisions in an investment portfolio. In our first blog series on capital markets, we presented our forward-looking risk and return estimates. In this blog we will check current markets relative to our projections to illustrate how we use risk to garner insights necessary for optimal portfolio recommendations. Keep reading to learn more about risk premiums and what they might mean for your portfolio.

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Stretch IRA – What Proposed Legislation Could Do to Your Wealth Transfer Plans

Two retirement reform bills (the SECURE Act and RESA) have been circling around Washington, and if passed, may make significant changes to many retirement and estate plans. Notably, the proposed changes outlined in the bill(s) have meaningful implications as the rules on inherited IRA’s are up for debate. Both the House and Senate have different views on the technical aspects of how tax shelters for inherited wealth could be reduced. Read our blog to learn about the differences in proposed changes for “Stretch IRA’s” and what they could mean for tax planning, wealth accumulation and wealth transfer.

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Baltic Dry Index and Your Investment Outlook: Why You Should Care about the BDI

The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) is a meaningful economic indicator that may return to its heyday as a predictor of future changes in market prices. At Centura, we believe the BDI is a great barometer for global economic health and is likely to be a useful datapoint as trade wars continue to escalate. Understanding how changes in global trade and key macro-economic factors may impact your portfolio is a key consideration related to portfolio planning and investment strategy. For example, what does a trade war mean for your portfolio? At Centura Wealth Advisory we specialize in constructing globally diverse portfolios and the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) is one tool we use to measure the current health of the global economy. We model the BDI in combination with other factors to learn how changes may impact markets & portfolios. When designing and managing our clients’ portfolios, we are careful to evaluate emerging trends (e.g., recent changes in BDI rates), to assess where there may or may not be opportunity and/or risk. Read our blog post on Trade Wars and the Baltic Dry Index to understand why we like this indicator and how it may be used by investors and advisors alike.

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Capital Market Projections for Asset Allocation and Portfolio Construction – Part 3 in series

Capital market projections play a critical role in the Liberated Wealth® management process. These projections are used in our financial planning, asset allocation, and portfolio construction processes. The goal of these projections is to maximize the portfolio’s expected return for the particular level of risk or minimize the portfolio’s risk in pursuit of the targeted rate of return. The quality of these inputs’ ties directly to the quality of our process outputs, and in striving to drive positive outcomes for our clients we ensure no detail is overlooked and that they are updated on a regular basis.

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Capital Market Projections & Monte Carlo – Part 2 in series

Sophisticated projections are critical to crafting a well-designed financial plan and capital market projections are one of many key inputs that play a vital role in doing that. At Centura Wealth Advisory, we pair forward looking capital market projections with the Monte Carlo Method to estimate: Probability of a client running out of money before their “end of plan” (i.e., death) Most likely “end of plan” value (e.g., wealth transfer, charitable giving purposes) Optimal asset allocation strategy for a given plan

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