Get Ready for Tax Season: When to Expect Tax Documents and Tax Prep Services

  • If you haven’t already, you will most likely receive a packet of 1099’s from both TD Ameritrade and Charles Schwab, most likely in the last week of February or the first week of March at the latest. We always recommend that you wait until March 15th or later to file your tax return just in case a tax document is updated.  
  • Our partnership with the professionals at Heemer Klein provides our clients with a seamless tax preparation experience. Give our tax team a call today at (586) 459-5340 if you’d be interested in learning more about how we can help.  

2023 IRA and Roth IRA Contributions
As a reminder and if you are eligible, the deadline to make 2023 tax year contributions into a Traditional or Roth IRA is April 15th. This window of time can be great for anyone looking to max out any remaining contributions from last year or for those who would like to open an account and start with a 2023 lump sum contribution. This period can also be used for making 2023 contributions into a Health Savings Account if you are enrolled in a High Deductible Health Plan. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you are interested so we may discuss the benefits of these options, your eligibility, or the amount of contributions available to you.  

Navigating the New: Adapting to Schwab After the TD Ameritrade Transition

The transition from TD Ameritrade to Schwab has been completed and clients as well as our staff have had to make some adjustments, as well as learn about new features. 

  • You have the option to contribute money directly to Schwab through the app, but you have to be careful, especially if you’re contributing to an IRA or Roth IRA because you might select the incorrect year. 
  • If you contribute money on your own directly to Schwab, please let us know because we are not always notified. 
  • Schwab offers some options that TD Ameritrade did not in terms of personalizing your statement delivery. For instance, if no trades were placed in a month, you have the option of not receiving a statement that month. In addition, quarterly statements instead of monthly statements are an option. 
  • There is also an option to add more details to your statements. If you would like to change your preferences, please let us know. 

 

Economic Indicators Are Mixed

One of our short-term indicators turned from positive to negative on January 29th, 2024 and as a result, we reduced risk and added an inverse position to many of our portfolios. The market is very overbought right now according to a number of different indicators, so there is a decent chance that we see a market pullback in February.

 

Longer-Term Optimism

Longer term, four pieces of evidence are currently making us optimistic that the next 9 months until the election have the potential to be good for stocks overall despite some potential short-term bumps in the road.

  • First, every President wants to get re-elected, so they make moves that potentially “window dress” the economy and stock market before the election (please check out the chart in the next section).
  • Second, in late April of 2023, one of our most important longer-term indicators shifted from negative to positive. It had been negative since the first quarter of 2022 when we saw the bulk of our previous market volatility, then it flipped positive to participate in the recovery during 2023. It remains positive at this time, so we remain optimistic about future performance. 
  • Third, our intermediate-term indicators are still positive, so three of our four preferred indicators are currently positive.
  • Lastly, while past performance cannot predict future performance, the 200-day moving average of the S&P 500 has turned and has been heading up rather than down. This is a longer-term trendline and in the past, it has had some success identifying a change in trend

We had a different indicator a few months back to declare that there is a chance we’ll have a recession within the next year (inverted Yield Curve). We’re hoping that recent improvements in the overall economy, inflation data, and the housing market, as well as signals from the Federal Reserve that interest rates may be lowered in 2024, will provide some stability moving forward. 


Presidential Election Season

When a President has won twice, they are typically most concerned about their legacy, and since they don’t have to face the voters again, they may not try to window-dress the economy as much.  However, when a sitting President prepares for re-election, they typically want to do everything they can to impress the voters, including window-dressing the economy. While past performance cannot predict future performance, as you can see in the past 10 elections, this scenario has been beneficial for the stock market:  

 

Election Year

President

Party

S&P 500 Return
       
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower Republican 2.60%
1964 JFK/LBJ Democrat 13.00%
1972 Richard Nixon Republican 15.80%
1980 Jimmy Carter Democrat 25.90%
1984 Ronald Reagan Republican 1.40%
1992 George H.W. Bush Republican 4.50%
1996 Bill Clinton Democrat 20.30%
2004 George W. Bush Republican 9.00%
2012 Barack Obama Democrat 13.40%
2020 Donald Trump Republican 16.30%
2024 Joe Biden Democrat ?
       
    Average: 12.22%
    % Positive: 100%

 

Source: macrotrends

 

Speak With a Trusted Advisor

We’d love to have a review meeting with you to discuss investments, retirement planning, college planning for kids or grandkids, tax preparation, health insurance including Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans, and a variety of other financial planning topics. Please contact our office at (586) 226-2100 to schedule a meeting today! 

If you’ve had any changes to your income, job status, marriage status, a new birth in the family, 401K options, address, risk tolerance, or any other financial changes, please contact us right away.

Sincerely,

Kenneth Wink

with contributions from Robert Wink, James Wink, Zachary Bachner, and James Baldwin

Ken Wink is the Co-Founder and Chief Compliance Officer of Summit Financial Consulting, LLC. With over two decades of experience in the financial services industry, he is deeply knowledgeable and passionate about explaining complex financial concepts in understandable terms. Ken writes articles geared towards conveying financial topics in clear, straightforward language, making them accessible to everyday people.

 

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