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2023 Fourth Quarter Market Commentary

Hello from Sycamore,

2023 is now in the books and this year was special for us because it marked completing 40 years for Sycamore. We want you to know how grateful we are to have had this 40-year run and how fortunate we feel to be able to work with all of you.

We are aware that without your business, Sycamore would […]

By |January 26th, 2024|

2024 Contribution Limit Changes

Hello from Sycamore,

Did you Know?

For the 2024 tax year, some contribution limits have increased.

  • 401(k), 403(b), & 457 account contribution limits are now $23,000 for the year.
    • There is a $7,500 catch-up if you will turn 50 in 2024.
  • Traditional and Roth IRA annual contribution limits are now $7,000.
    • There is a $1,000 catch-up if you will turn 50 in […]
By |December 15th, 2023|

Third Quarter Commentary 2023

Hello from Sycamore,

Performance and the Markets

It seems like there is always plenty to worry about and this year is no exception. Considering the political environment and the calls for a recession over the past year or so, there is plenty to be concerned about. However, as we think back over the years, there has always been enough to be concerned […]

By |October 26th, 2023|

Second Quarter Commentary 2023

Hello from Sycamore,

Performance and the Markets

So far so good for 2023. Since the markets found a low point last fall, they have been steadily climbing. We are not back to the highs that we experienced at the end of 2021, but with the Dow Jones industrial average at about 34,000 now, we’re within shouting distance. From June 30th, 2022, our […]

By |July 22nd, 2023|

Performance, Markets and The Economy

Hello from Sycamore,

Performance and the Markets

Our Growth and Income Composite gained just a bit less than 0.5% over the past year (gross of all fees). This is significantly better than the -7.7% by the S&P 500. Historically our strength has been to hold value better during market declines and it seems to be true again during this market cycle. We […]

By |April 26th, 2023|

Consider Reviewing Your Insurance Package

Hello from Sycamore,

Insurance is a way to transfer risk from you to a larger group of people through a firm, the insurance company. For example, many people choose to insure against potentially bad outcomes that could be catastrophic like the death of the family earner in the case of life insurance or large unexpected medical expense through medical insurance. On […]

By |February 14th, 2023|

Fourth Quarter 2022 Economic Commentary

Hello from Sycamore,

Performance and the Markets

2022 is now in the books and while it wasn’t one to brag about, we feel that overall, during the last 10 years, the markets have been very good.

The question we’d all like an answer to is how will the markets fare in 2023? The short story is…we’re more optimistic about 2023 than we were […]

By |January 23rd, 2023|

Contribution Limits Changing

Hello from Sycamore,

Retirement and health savings plan contribution limits will be changing for the upcoming year. Here is an overview of what you need to know:

  1. 401(k), 403(b), 401(a), 457, and federal government Thrift Savings Plans contribution limits will be increased by almost 10% to $22,500.
    a. Catch-up contributions for those aged 50 and over will be increased to $7,500 making […]
By |November 18th, 2022|

Volatile and Unpredictable

Hello from Sycamore,

As I write this post, the market is down ~10% from its recent high. The beginning of 2022 has been a bit volatile and unpredictable. When we read the news, we see headlines that stop us in our tracks: Inflation, War, Stagflation, Market Correction, Possible Recession.

Realistically, most news these days is created to grab our attention, […]

By |March 10th, 2022|

Thoughts on the Economy

Hello from Sycamore,

COVID-19 has been a shock to our economy and our lives. As a result, the Federal Reserve Bank had to implement swift and significant monetary policy changes. During the onset of the pandemic (March/April 2020), there were worldwide shutdowns that caused many to lose their jobs, miss paychecks that were necessary to pay bills, and companies shuttered. The […]

By |February 14th, 2022|

Doing Our Part for the Community

Hello from Sycamore,

We are pleased to announce that Sycamore Financial Group is now carbon-neutral, powered by renewable energy, and supports efforts to restore damaged freshwater sources.

We worked with Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) to help us calculate and balance the environmental footprint we create. There are three main categories where we create an environmental impact: carbon emissions, water usage, and energy […]

By |August 25th, 2021|

Financial Freedom

Hello from Sycamore,

What is financial freedom? Financial freedom can mean many different things. To us, it means having the ability to live the lifestyle that you want while working and throughout retirement.

Depending on where you are in your life, the term Financial Freedom may seem overwhelming for many different reasons – you may feel bogged down with student loans, you […]

By |August 10th, 2021|

Sycamore Financial Group is now a Certified B Corporation

Hello from Sycamore,

We have exciting news to share with you that we are very proud of!

Sycamore Financial Group was one of the first Corporations in Indiana to become Certified B Corporation®! Since its inception, Sycamore has always wanted to do better, do more – for our clients, for our community, for our families. Over the years as we have grown, […]

By |June 8th, 2021|

How to Accumulate Your First Million Dollars

Hello from Sycamore,

The looming question out there for many is how do I save a million dollars? Starting off it may seem impossible, but we are here to tell you that with dedication, a strict budget, and time it is possible. It is also important to note that you do not have to make “a lot” of money for this […]

By |May 12th, 2021|
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