Josh Norris, CFP®, CPA LeFleur Financial

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About Josh Norris, CFP®, CPA

Josh started his career with Ernst & Young in Memphis. In 2010, he bought a small accounting firm in Jackson, MS and moved back to his hometown. Over the next few years, he developed the firm into a more narrowly focused tax practice and began expanding the client base and tax services. Through building relationships and serving clients, Josh began to see a need for more than just tax planning. As a result, he obtained the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation and created LeFleur Financial to better serve his clients.

Now he provides individuals and small businesses with tax-conscious financial advice and investment management services so that they can efficiently accumulate wealth for retirement.

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What Will the New Year Bring?

January 3, 2022

The prospect of a new year is always exciting, but with the cloud of Omicron and inflation hanging over us, it’s hard not to feel like caffeine pill-addicted Jessie Spano in the iconic episode of Saved by the Bell when she dramatically proclaimed, “I’m so excited. I’m so… scared.” That meltdown seems a bit absurd now, but as a kid, it was traumatizing. So maybe some perspective will keep us from feeling scared about economic uncertainty heading into 2022.

Omicron

The new spike in some ways is reminiscent of March 2020 with bowl games and other events being cancelled. But we’ve largely learned to live with COVID as it slowly becomes endemic. More and more individuals have some level of immunity, Omicron seems to be less severe, and our medical community has greatly improved treatment. All these factors should mean each new wave will be less and less disruptive to our economy.

COVID has undoubtedly changed our world forever. We’re all a bit traumatized and exhausted, but our collective genius has created a revolutionary vaccine, made the possibility of work-from-home permanent, and inspired a wave of entrepreneurs to open new businesses—4.3 million in 2020 according to the Census Bureau, which is a 24% increase from the year before. All these developments are positive indicators for the future as we ease in to our “new normal.”

Inflation

Inflation is all over the news, and everyone is making comparisons to the 1970s, an era marked by double digit inflation. And it’s with good reason—any trip to the grocery store or gas station will result in a bigger hit to your wallet that it would have twelve months ago. Even Fed Chair Jerome Powell has abandoned hopes of “transitory” inflation and set the Federal Reserve on course to speed up tapering of its asset purchase program and begin increasing interest rates in 2022.

There’s no way to know how long it will last. But in addition to the Fed’s adjustments, there are three big reasons inflation should not have the same staying power as it did in the 1970s:

  1. As COVID becomes endemic, labor and supply chain issues should resolve.

  2. Consumers will most likely ease spending as cash reserves from government stimulus runs out.

  3. Perhaps most importantly, the psychology of inflation has not yet set in, meaning consumers still don’t expect huge price increases year-over-year.

Summary

We still face the economic headwinds of COVID and inflation, but we have every reason to believe that we will emerge stronger on the other side. In fact, we’ve already seen tremendous improvements. According to data from the Federal Reserve, US households increased their net worth by $13.5 trillion in 2020.

In addition, unemployment numbers have improved drastically, the stock market has handily outpaced inflation, homeowners have seen dramatic appreciation in property values, and borrowers have taken advantage of rock-bottom interest rates. So while there’s still plenty of uncertainty, there’s a lot to be thankful for.

We should absolutely pay attention to the evolving effects of Omicron and inflation on our economy, but let’s not panic. Focus on a long-term investment strategy and long-term returns.

 

Josh Norris is an Investment Advisory Representative of LeFleur Financial. Josh can be reached at wbfu@YrSyrheSvanapvny.pbz.

 

Josh Norris, CPA, CFP, CFA is the managing member of LeFleur Financial, a tax services and wealth management firm.

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Roth Conversions: Pay Now, Save Later

February 7, 2021

Roth conversions are like a prepaid vacation—it costs you upfront, but you get to enjoy the experience without a bill hanging over your head.

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