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Insights from the Sommers Financial Management Team

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Efficient Core & Satellite Portfolios

While the past year has seen a steady, heady increase in the stock market and your account values, we know it won’t last forever. There will be another pandemic, another election, another war, another something—anything—that will cause markets to tumble. We want to be properly invested for when that market decline arrives, but we also want to enjoy the ride on the way up.

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Annuity-Like Safety with ETF Efficiency

The allure of variable annuities (VAs) capture many unsuspecting adults. With a VA, you get to participate in some of the upside of the investment markets with no downside; the insurance company ‘insures’ against losses. The problem with VAs are the complexity and costs. The typical VA costs 3% annually, and has steep “surrender charges” (15% is not uncommon!). What if you could have much of the upside of the S&P 500, with downside protection, no surrender charges, and daily liquidity—all for 0.8% per year?

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