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Original Content

Sharing our perspective.

Creating original content forces us to think constructively about an ever-changing economic landscape. We don’t regurgitate research reports. Instead, we publish our own perspectives. As a result, our clients know what we think and understand the “why” behind their investment strategies.

Perspectives & Outlook

A one-page summary detailing our views on the financial markets and global economy. This is the meat on our investment menu. Our Perspectives & Outlook is always evolving to shed light on a constantly changing economic landscape. It shares our thoughts on the most significant economic trends and how those things may or may not affect investors. It’s a document we share at every client review meeting.

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Monthly Market Recap

An email sent on the first business day of each month, our MMR highlights recent news and market events worth knowing about. If you keep up with the daily headlines and stock market movements, you’ll find out which of those things we consider most important. If you’ve got more important things to do and just want an easy-to-read synopsis of the latest financial matters, that’s why we write the MMR.

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Marks Group Minute

Stock valuations elevated

The Marks Group Minute is an ongoing video series where we discuss themes and topics that are affecting the stock market or global economy. In addition to timely topics, we also address characteristics of our firm that make Marks Group different from other financial advisors.

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Marks Group Minute

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The Marks Group Minute is an ongoing video series where we discuss themes and topics that are affecting the stock market or global economy. In addition to timely topics, we also address characteristics of our firm that make Marks Group different from other financial advisors.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel to see the latest videos right away.

Star Tribune 

A monthly column on topics that matter.

Marks Group is fortunate to be one of only two local financial advisors who write monthly columns in the Business section of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Our columns focus on subjects we feel investors can benefit from and cover a variety of topics from global elections to personal finance. Our most recent columns have been archived below.

Why this is a golden opportunity to add gold to your portfolio

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If you’re looking for silver linings during these strange economic times, gold offers more than a glimmer of hope. While likely to outperform if stocks suffer another sharp sell-off, you don’t need to be bearish on equities to have a positive outlook on gold.

Amid unprecedented uncertainty, target allocation should be your investment guide

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Economic uncertainty has never been higher in our lifetimes than it is now. The quantifiable effects from coronavirus and the global shutdown it triggered remains as difficult to predict as April weather in Minnesota. Thanks to historic amounts of stimulus from Congress and the Federal Reserve, the stock market has dumped more sunshine than snow on weary investors in recent weeks. But while the S&P 500 recapturing half its losses certainly soothes some financial pain, a schizophrenic market remains clouded with questions.

This market downturn is unlikely to match 2008

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Six trading days is all it took for the S&P 500 to fall 10% from its all-time high set Feb. 19, the fastest 10% correction in history. In less than a month, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 20%, officially entering a bear market.

Why this is a golden opportunity to add gold to your portfolio

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If you’re looking for silver linings during these strange economic times, gold offers more than a glimmer of hope. While likely to outperform if stocks suffer another sharp sell-off, you don’t need to be bearish on equities to have a positive outlook on gold.

Amid unprecedented uncertainty, target allocation should be your investment guide

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Economic uncertainty has never been higher in our lifetimes than it is now. The quantifiable effects from coronavirus and the global shutdown it triggered remains as difficult to predict as April weather in Minnesota. Thanks to historic amounts of stimulus from Congress and the Federal Reserve, the stock market has dumped more sunshine than snow on weary investors in recent weeks. But while the S&P 500 recapturing half its losses certainly soothes some financial pain, a schizophrenic market remains clouded with questions.

This market downturn is unlikely to match 2008

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Six trading days is all it took for the S&P 500 to fall 10% from its all-time high set Feb. 19, the fastest 10% correction in history. In less than a month, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 20%, officially entering a bear market.

Retirement University

Enhance your retirement.

We know the transition into retirement comes with challenges and opportunities. Marks Group Senior Wealth Advisor Matt Arnold coordinates two events each quarter for our clients and their friends. One is a classroom style presentation designed to help you learn more about a financial topic (Estate planning, social security, health insurance, retirement withdrawal strategies, etc.). The second will be activity-based. That’s code for “fun.” Gardening tips from a horticulturist, swing lessons from a golf pro, cooking classes from a local chef are some of the ideas we’ve done or considered. All events are free. The idea is to learn a few things that may enhance your retirement and enjoy yourself while surrounded by like-minded people.

Retirement University

Enhance your retirement.

We know the transition into retirement comes with challenges and opportunities. Marks Group Senior Wealth Advisor Matt Arnold coordinates two events each quarter for our clients and their friends. One is a classroom style presentation designed to help you learn more about a financial topic (Estate planning, social security, health insurance, retirement withdrawal strategies, etc.). The second will be activity-based. That’s code for “fun.” Gardening tips from a horticulturist, swing lessons from a golf pro, cooking classes from a local chef are some of the ideas we’ve done or considered. All events are free. The idea is to learn a few things that may enhance your retirement and enjoy yourself while surrounded by like-minded people.

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Your Next Steps

A no-cost, no-commitment portfolio review.

We’ll provide you with a thorough, objective assessment of your current investments. You’ll learn the amount of risk you are taking, the fees you are paying, and the quality of the investments you own. We will also provide you with our recommendations and proposed alternatives, including a sustainable, tax-efficient retirement withdrawal plan and strategies to consider in the current market environment.

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The Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisor (2018-2020) and the Forbes America’s Top Wealth Advisors (2017) are based on client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, including: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms.
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