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Gerard Gruber, CFP

Gerard Gruber, CFP

Gerard Gruber joined Hayden Wealth in 1997 as the Chief Investment Officer. Gerard has held management positions in a variety of disciplines, including operations, technology and finance. Prior to joining Hayden Wealth, Gerard was an Assistant V.P. at Sims Mortgage Fundng. Gerard received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Western Connecticut State University. He is registered as a General Securities Rep and agent, holding several licenses through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Gerard is married with one child and lives in Trumbull.

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Monetary policy is normalizing due to economic improvement.

On March 15, the Federal Reserve raised the benchmark interest rate by a quarter-point to a range of 0.75-1.00%. The increase was widely expected, and it represented a vote of confidence in the economy. 1

This was the central bank's second rate hike in three months, and Wall Street took it in stride, with the S&P 500 rising nearly 15 points on the day. One reason for that may have been the Fed's latest dot-plot forecast, which remained as it was when the last interest rate adjustment was made in December. The Fed still projects a total of three hikes for 2017. 1,2

When the economy picks up its pace, the Fed responds. In the past several months, job growth and economic output have been steady, and inflation pressure has built to where consumer prices are rising close to 2% a year. The central bank thinks economic growth is now significant enough to warrant a series of small rate hikes. 3

As interest rates slowly rise, retirees & savers could benefit. While higher rates do imply costlier borrowing, there are also some positives that come with tightening. Rising rates are good for interest-bearing bank accounts and fixed-rate investment yields. Higher interest rates encourage banks to lend more, improving the availability of credit.

Rate increases often promote dollar strength, meaning the dollar could buy more abroad - a perk for travelers. Even with slim inventory in the housing market, home sales could now get a boost - prospective home buyers may not want to wait much longer to arrange a mortgage. If interest rate adjustments occur two or three times a year (as they once commonly did), then investors may interpret Fed monetary policy statements less obsessively and focus on market fundamentals to greater degree. 4

As Fed chair Janet Yellen commented to reporters after the Federal Open Market Committee's decision Wednesday, "The simple message is, the economy is doing well." Sustained economic improvement commonly leads the central bank to increase interest rates. 1

Gerard Gruber may be reached at 203.454.3377 or GGruber@HaydenWealth.com

Citations.
1 - marketwatch.com/story/fed-raises-interest-rates-by-a-quarter-point-sees-two-move-moves-this-year-2017-03-15 
2 - bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=3%2F15%2F17&x=0&y=0 
3 - nytimes.com/interactive/2017/03/15/business/federal-reserve-interest-rates.html 
4 - bankrate.com/finance/federal-reserve/benefits-higher-interest-rates-from-federal-reserve-1.aspx 


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Oregon State University researchers recently concluded that working just a year past 65 can be good for longevity. Analyzing 28 years of data from the National Institute on Aging-funded Healthy Retirement Study, they found that healthy 66-year-old retirees were found to have had an 11% lower risk of death than those retiring at 65. 4

4 - http://www.investopedia.com/articles/retirement/051216/why-working-after-retirement-good-your-health.asp

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If you are 10 or 15 years older than your spouse or partner, to what degree should that age gap influence your retirement planning? You will want to consider this question, for it may affect many aspects of your financial future – such as your planned retirement dates, how you decide to claim Social Security, and how you choose to invest.

Your age difference will lengthen your total retirement experience as a couple. For example, Social Security projects that the average man turning 62 this month will live 84.6 years and die in 2039. The average woman turning 45 this month is forecast to live 85.5 years and die in 2057. So a hypothetical couple with a 17-year age gap would need to keep a 40-year retirement time horizon in mind if the older spouse or partner retired today, potentially including 17 years alone for the younger spouse or partner.

If you and your partner have an age gap, the two of you might need to work longer and ramp up your retirement saving. A more aggressive approach to investing may be wise. If you are the older spouse, you may want to claim Social Security as late as possible and opt for joint-and-survivor pension benefits. If you are more than 10 years older than your spouse, the calculated Required Minimum Distributions from your 401(k)s and IRAs will end up being slightly smaller than standard. 1,2

1 - tinyurl.com/zthnpdq   
2 - ssa.gov/cgi-bin/longevity.cgi 

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Your specific answer to that question depends on the advice of your doctor. Keeping that fundamental in mind, there are some vaccines that many health care professionals advocate for seniors.

Since influenza can aggravate asthma and other pre-existing medical conditions in older people, a yearly flu shot is commonly recommended. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advocates the shingles vaccine for anyone past 60 who has had chicken pox; vaccination could cut the risk of developing shingles by half. The PREVNAR and PCV23 vaccines may help seniors avoid pneumonia, and a booster dose of whooping cough vaccine is recommended every ten years for adults. 3

3 - https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/four-vaccinations-seniors-should-consider-011817.html

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A report from the non-partisan American Enterprise Institute says that in 1970, Americans in the middle 40% of U.S. income distribution had saved an average of 33% of their yearly income in retirement accounts. That compares to an average of 210% of annual earnings for Americans in the same income demographic today. 3

3 -bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-01-04/a-little-optimism-on-the-future-of-retirement

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Last December, the 21st Century Cures Act became law, opening the door to the assignment of greater federal funds for medical research and more expedient approval of medical devices and drugs by the Food & Drug Administration.

The Act directs the FDA to use "real world evidence" as well as random clinical trials when evaluating whether medicines and devices should be approved. "Data summaries," instead of full clinical trial results, can now be used to support approval of certain medicines. Drug makers are now allowed to promote off-label uses for medications to insurance companies. Critics of the Act say that it could risk rushing flawed drugs and treatments into the health care market; supporters applaud the Act for giving the FDA the potential to fast-track "breakthrough" devices and drugs. 2

2 - http://www.nextavenue.org/winners-losers-21st-century-cures/

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As 2016 ended, the 17th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey appeared and noted a preference for a phased retirement among a majority (53%) of workers polled by the insurance and investment company's Center for Retirement Studies. In fact, 48% of the pre-retirees surveyed felt that their current employer would allow them to continue working in some capacity after age 65.

How many employers are okay with workers staying on the job past 65? Perhaps more than many of us may assume: 72% of the workers Transamerica talked with said that their employer supported the idea, and 48% felt the company culture where they worked was "aging friendly."

On the downside, just 20% of employees surveyed said that their employers would let them ease into retirement through shorter workweeks or flextime, and 26% said that the company where they worked was doing "nothing" to help its employees make retirement transitions. Regarding aging in the workplace, one other statistic from the survey stands out: only 42% of respondents said that they were keeping their job skills up to date, which might be a necessity if they want to stay in the workforce into their sixties. 1

1- http://transamericacenter.org/docs/default-source/retirement-survey-of-workers/tcrs2016_sr_retirement_survey_of_workers_compendium.pdf%20

Regulatory Disclosure: The information on this website has been obtained from sources considered reliable, but its accuracy and completeness are not guaranteed. This website is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation to buy any securities. Gerard Gruber offers Securities and Investment Advisory and Financial Planning service through Geneos Wealth Management, Inc, Member FINRA/SIPC.  Investments are not FDIC insured. Investments are not deposits of the financial institution and are not guaranteed by a financial institution. Investments are subject to investment risks including loss of principal amount invested.