What you Need to Know about Brexit

brexitDear Friends,

Recently the United Kingdom voted on a referendum and decided to leave the European Union. This Brexit has naturally sent shockwaves through the global markets, which you are likely seeing reflected in your retirement and/or investment accounts.

Please take a moment to read a statement from Mass Mutual about the implications of the Brexit. Their outlook on the US economy is encouraging and their overall approach to dealing with the Brexit is sound and one that I support. I echo their recommendation to focus on your own personal financial goals and think about how you may or may not need to adjust your investment strategies, regardless of what is happening in the global markets.

Click here to read their statement.

Market uncertainty and volatility can create anxiety, but please know that the Robin S. Weingast & Associates team is here to help. If you have questions about what the Brexit means for your personal or business financial picture, please contact us today. Our team of experts is here to guide you through the Brexit and to make sure you’re on track to meet your goals.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Robin S. Weingast, President & Owner
Robin S. Weingast & Associates
516.794.1450

What Robin’s Reading: May 2016

Robin Weingast Reading RecsWelcome to another installment of What Robin’s Reading – our regular feature that gives you an inside look at what the Robin S. Weingast & Associates team is focusing on to stay up-to-date with benefits and retirement planning news.

This month, we continue to monitor the impact of the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule, but with graduation season upon us, we’re also reading up on the investment and benefit trends among the new crop of job seekers.  A recent video by Tony Robbins caught our eye – it contains his opinion on a “must invest” for young professionals.

We also read “Millennials & Financial Literacy—The Struggle with Personal Finance,” a fascinating report on the personal finances of millennials. Based on research conducted by The Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center (GFLEC) at the George Washington University, the report uncovered eight key trends. When it comes to personal finance, millennials:

1. Have inadequate financial knowledge
When tested on financial concepts, only 24% demonstrated basic financial knowledge.

2. Aren’t happy with their current financial situation
When ranking satisfaction on a scale of 1-10, 34% were very unsatisfied.

3. Worry about student loans
When asked about their ability to repay their student loan debt, more than 54% of Millennials expressed concern.

4. Debt crosses economic and educational lines
Among college-educated Millennials, a staggering 81% have at least one longterm debt.

5. Are financially fragile
Nearly 30% of Millennials are overdrawing on their checking accounts.

6. Are heavy users of Alternative Financial Services (AFS)
In the past five years, 42% of Millennials used an AFS product, such as payday loans, pawnshops, auto title loans, tax refund advances, and rent-to-own products.

7. Sacrifice retirement accounts
More than 20% of Millennials with retirement accounts took loans or hardship withdrawals in the past year.

8. Don’t seek professional financial help
Even with inadequate knowledge, only 27% of Millennials are seeking professional financial advice on saving and investment.

But the picture isn’t totally bleak for millennials. Another piece from CNBC outlines distinct advantages that the generation has when saving for retirement. 

Whether you know a young professional who would benefit from advisement, or you want to make sure your own personal finances are in order, the Robin S. Weingast team is here for you. Contact us today for an appointment. Our team of experts is ready to make sure you and your loved ones are on track to meet your financial goals.