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Condor Capital Reviews 1st Quarter 2021

Coming off an unprecedented year in financial markets, domestic equities continued to move higher in the first quarter of 2021, with the S&P 500 Index rising 6.2% to finish at an all-time high. An improving labor market, a healthy rise in consumer spending, and a growing deployment of vaccines provided investors with greater clarity into the country’s ongoing economic revival and guided domestic equities’ quarterly performance. However, while the prior year’s performance was mainly defined by a relative outperformance in technology and growth-related names, the energy, financial, and industrial sectors were the primary contributors during the quarter. The rotation into these sectors was reflective of a larger pattern of value-oriented sectors outperforming their growth-based counterparts, bucking the long-standing trend of growth’s dominance.  Additionally, the improving economic backdrop continued to support small-cap stocks, which are more sensitive to economic conditions but tend to fare better during recoveries. As such, small-caps led the way during the quarter, followed by mid-caps and then large-caps.

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Estimating Your Retirement Income Needs

You know how important it is to plan for your retirement, but where do you begin? One of your first steps should be to estimate how much income you’ll need to fund your retirement. That’s not as easy as it sounds, because retirement planning is not an exact science. Your specific needs depend on your goals and many other factors.

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High-Frequency Indicators: Where to Look for Signs of Recovery

Since the pandemic began, disruptions in business activity have varied greatly from region to region, and often from one week to the next, according to the severity of local COVID-19 outbreaks. Unfortunately, many of the official government statistics used to gauge the health of the U.S. economy are backward looking and somewhat delayed.

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U.S. Credit-Card Debt Levels See Record Drop in 2020

Despite the financial challenges experienced by Americans as a result of the coronavirus  pandemic, U.S. credit-card debt dropped to record levels in 2020,  decreasing by almost $83 billion.1 This unprecedented drop was likely the result of individuals receiving financial assistance through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and having access to more cash. Economic aid in the form of stimulus payments, suspended student loan payments, and broad state-sponsored unemployment benefits, allowed Americans to pay down their balances.2 In fact, according to a U.S. Census Bureau survey, almost 60% of adults in households that experienced a loss in employment income during the pandemic used their second stimulus check to pay down debt.3

If you are still struggling to pay down your balances, here are some strategies  to help eliminate your credit-card debt.

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