SFG January/February 2021 Bi-Monthly Newsletter

Welcome to your Stuart Financial Group January-February 2021 Bi-Monthly Newsletter. It is hard to believe that it is 2021! This newsletter focuses on topics such as winter getaways, where your payroll taxes go, 3 reasons to plant more trees, and more.

SFG November/December 2020 Bi-Monthly Newsletter

Welcome to your Stuart Financial Group November-December 2020 Bi-Monthly Newsletter. It is hard to believe that 2020 is almost over! This newsletter focuses on topics such as the holiday season for service members, America’s country club culture, the pros & cons of pensions and lump sum payouts, and more.

    Wishing you all good health and a very happy Thanksgiving!

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SFG September/October 2020 Bi-Monthly Newsletter

Welcome to your Stuart Financial Group September-October 2020 Bi-Monthly Newsletter

This newsletter focuses on topics such as how to keep the post office alive, 3 tactics to help recover from recent volatility, 10 ways to enjoy autumn, and more.

Other SFG news

Bryan Slovon Awarded Ethics Approved Status by The International Association of Registered Financial Consultants® (IARFC). The “Ethics Approved Seal” is awarded for his adherence to the IARFC Code of Ethics. This historical verification includes background checks from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), state licensing records and internet recognition searches. A clean record for the past 5 years satisfies the IARFC requirements for being Ethics Approved.

Wishing you all good health and a happy fall.

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SFG July/August 2020 Bi-Monthly Newsletter

Welcome to your Stuart Financial Group July-August 2020 Bi-Monthly Newsletter. This newsletter focuses on topics such as America’s job crises, how to beat the summertime heat, tips on how to improve your credit score, and more.

    We wish you all good health during these challenging times.

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Keeping Calm During Market Volatility

Key Takeaways

  • The one certainty of investing is that your portfolio will experience volatility.
  • Volatility can often lead to irrational decisions, such as exiting markets prematurely. Evidence shows that market timing is a poor investment strategy.
  • For long-term equity investors, the most powerful factor is time. An investor’s time horizon is directly correlated with the likelihood that his or her portfolio will experience a positive return.

The US stock markets entered bear market territory after coronavirus was declared a pandemic, ending the longest bull market in US history just days after its 11th anniversary. The bear market reflects a 20 percent drop from record highs. Looking forward, a sustained rally will likely require three key developments. First, evidence of a successful virus containment in developed markets. Second, clarity on the economic impact of the virus, and finally a concerted global policy response. Market volatility is likely to remain as progress towards these three developments continue, leaving investors wondering… Read More

Savvy Cybersecurity Alerts – Coronavirus Phishing Scams

As the Coronavirus continues to spread worldwide, so do phishing attacks disguised as helpful information on the outbreak. Security experts report an uptick in phishing messages being sent to businesses and individuals on the topic. Many appear to be checklists and fact-sheets PDFs with information on cleaning or remote work. Clicking on these links or attachments will instead download malware on your machine that can hold your data for ransom or act as spyware.
The World Health Organization (WHO) also reports that hackers are sending phishing emails appearing to come from the WHO. The organization has reminded people that it will never require you to log in to view safety information or email attachments you did not request.

    How to avoid identity theft this tax season

      You must be vigilant when receiving an email regarding the Coronavirus. Before clicking on any link or attachment you must:

      • Verify the sender: Hover your mouse over the “from” line to detect the true sender. If you do not recognize the email address or it does match the organization it claims to be from, do not click.
      • Check all links: Before clicking on any links in the email, hover your mouse over the URL or button to ensure the link is going where it says it is.
      • Do not open attachments: Do not open any attachments from an unsolicited email or if you are unsure.
      • When in doubt, delete: If you are unsure, delete the email and contact the sender or organization directly to verify that they sent the information.

    Be vigilant online and remember the 10-second EMAIL rule: Examine Message and Inspect Link. If you receive an attachment or link in an unsolicited email—do not…

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February 2020 Savvy Cybersecurity Alerts

Welcome to your February Savvy Cybersecurity newsletter. As always, we saw many cybersecurity happenings this month including breaches at Sprint, Google Photos, and more.
Read on to learn more about the cybersecurity happenings this month including:

  • How to avoid identity theft this tax season
  • An update on the Equifax breach
  • What you must do to your Google Nest devices
  • A new USPS scam making the rounds
  • And more

How to avoid identity theft this tax season

Tax identity theft has been on the decline in recent years due mostly to education and outreach, but many individuals, businesses, and tax preparers still fall victim to tax-related fraud every year. This type of fraud can vary from fraudulent tax returns to phishing messages asking for tax information. Last year, there was a spike in phishing messages sent to tax preparers attempting to get client information.
This year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has created Identity Theft Central, a new webpage to help individuals, businesses, and tax preparers prevent tax identity theft and handle it if… Read More

January 2020 Savvy Cybersecurity Alerts

Happy New Year! We hope you’re having a fantastic start to the new year. For cybercriminals, there has been no break–we have already seen a handful of scams and hacks in the first month of the year.
Read on to learn more about the cybersecurity happenings this month including:

  • How to fight back against common elder scams
  • Important news for Windows 7 users
  • A massive breach at Microsoft
  • New ransomware threats
  • And more

How to fight back against common elder scams

Over two million elderly people fall victim to a scam every year—and experts think there are many more that go unreported. The elderly population has long been a target for scammers for many reasons. First, many are trusting and may have decreased cognition stemming from health issues. Scammers are also aware that many of these people have retirement accounts with money to spare—or conversely, are on a budget and likely to jump on a chance at a windfall.
Reports find that elderly fraud is now a multi-million dollar business, with the median amount lost by someone over 80 being $1,000. There are many types of scams that… Read More