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  • Welcome to Mainstay Capital Management

    Welcome to Mainstay Capital Management

    We are an independent, fee-only, Registered Investment Advisor. As a fiduciary to our clients,
    we offer truly objective investment advice with only your best interests in mind.

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  • When Your Investments Demand  Professional Management

    When Your Investments Demand Professional Management

    Mainstay Capital Management can bring you the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have planned prudently for your future.

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    Mainstay Compass™

    Together, we can create a plan to get you on the right path towards and through retirement.

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  • Investment Management Solutions

    Investment Management Solutions

    Our team will manage your investment portfolio consistent with your personal retirement plan.

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  • Individual 401(k), 457, and 403(b)  Account Management

    Individual 401(k), 457, and 403(b) Account Management

    We specialize in the management of individual 401(k), 457, and 403(b) accounts for employees and retirees.

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  • Client Service Built on Trust

    Client Service Built on Trust

    With our staff of Certified Financial PlannersTM and Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorsSM,
    we can offer advice and comprehensive solutions for all of your financial planning needs.

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The SSgA Target Retirement fund family (Pathway One) is designed for those participants who wish to base their asset allocation decision on a specific target date, typically aligning the account with the fund that most closely matches their projected retirement date.

Ten of these funds are included in the plan, with 5-year incremental targets from 2015 to 2055, along with a fund targeted as an Income Fund. The further away the target date, the more aggressive the asset allocation. Conversely, the closer the date, the greater the emphasis on preservation of capital in the asset allocation.

Target retirement funds hold some appeal in that they are simple to explain and administer. While this approach is unique, we believe the asset allocation decisions provided by these funds are crude at best. These funds attempt to make decisions about asset allocation based solely on a target date. An investor’s tolerance for risk and financial goals are other key factors that should largely play a role in determining investment strategy and asset allocation. Additionally, they leave no room for the fund manager to tactically adjust the strategy based on specific opportunities within the financial markets or in response to prevailing market conditions.

The returns realized in these commingled vehicles are diluted by a rigid adherence to mechanical allocation parameters. These parameters may prove to be shortsighted and inappropriate for everyone participating in the pool. The real world changes every day, yet proponents of lifecycle funds expect someone to stick to a single game plan for as much as 40 years, whether interest rates are rising or falling, or whether the economy is in expansion or recession. While target retirement funds offer a simple one-stop-solution, we continue to advise participants to avoid these funds and retain the flexibility to proactively adjust their portfolios as needed.

Please reference The Problem With Target-Date Funds

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      David Kudla, Mainstay Capital Management founder and chief executive officer, discusses Fed policy and how tariffs could change market outlook.

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      Mainstay Capital Management CEO David Kudla joined Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business TV to discuss the economy and where stocks are headed next.

      CNBC

      CNBC’s Steve Liesman interviews Federal Reserve President Charles Evans live from the ENGAGE Undergraduate Investment Conference.