February 15, 2021
Whenever someone used to try a new task that didn’t turn out well, the line used against him/her was “Don’t quit your day job.” If your neighbor saw you do a house repair that didn’t go well: “Don’t quit your day job.” Fail to properly change the oil in your car: “Don’t quit your day job.” The point, obviously, was to continue doing the job that someone is paying you to do because you weren’t going to make a dime doing anything else.
September 30, 2020
As many long-time investors know, the stock market doesn’t react well to uncertainty. What the market does reward is constancy: interest rates that don’t fluctuate to any great degree; an economy growing on a gradual incline; and a lack of drama. When it comes to 2020, put a check next to constancy in interest rates, as there’s no sign they’ll go higher, potentially for the next few years. And then put your pens down; the quiz is over.
August 15, 2020
If you spent the past five months in lunar orbit and recently opened your brokerage statement, your reaction was probably akin to ho-hum. For the rest of us mere mortals, it’s been an incredible whipsaw. Lacking sports and social lives, watching the stock market became its own entertainment.
June 30, 2020
Writing in the Business Section of the New York Times1, that’s the title of a column by Carl Richards, who has gained fame as the “Sketch Guy”, a person who can take complex financial issues and define them through simple drawings. While the column includes a few of Richards’ sketches, it also includes five steps that investors might consider as we, along with the stock market, work through these perilous times.
June 30, 2020
As part of our efforts to provide financial advice to clients, we’re regularly reviewing the latest research on investments, planning, and many other topics related to a successful retirement. Much of that research focuses on investors’ ability to stay on course with their asset allocation, through thick and thin. We recently came across a couple of charts we felt did a good job of articulating the benefits of maintaining a long-term perspective when managing a portfolio.
May 15, 2020
By: John Zeltmann
In the midst of a market downturn like we've seen over the past couple of months, and with the daily bombardment of bad economic news, it's easy to think the downtrend will continue. Looking at one's retirement plan over several months rather than several years, it's easy to feel despair, especially during times like these. When will the U.S. re-open? When will kids go back to school? When will grocery stores be safe? What about a vaccine? What will normal look like and when will it get here?