Tuesday, 17 March 2020
We are facing something we have never faced before in our lifetimes. That is a fact and, in a time, when the news of the pandemic spreading and the recommendations on social distancing getting broader by the day, it can be hard to feel certain or safe about anything.
As troubling as it is to watch the unprecedented market decline and as hard as it is to tune out the decline of your investments, we need to maintain our health and the health and safety of our family, friends and neighbors as the number one priority. Covid-19 which emerged late in 2019 in China has spread rapidly and is a global pandemic. The measures taken by leaders around the globe have been unsettling leaving children without a classroom, parents working from home or without a job altogether and investors panicking about what is to come.
This disruption to daily life and to our psyches is substantial and it’s terrible. The coming weeks will not be easy, but these measures are practical and prudent.
Why Pursuing Success in the Short-Term Often Leads to a Long-Term Cost
Wednesday, 04 March 2020
We live in a world with unpredictable financial markets, with the truism that past performance is never a guarantee of future results. Why, then, do we collectively continue to chase historical success by selling our holdings in slow-to-perform active fund managers and investing in recent winners instead?
The answer is largely psychological, in that we are ruled by a combination of outcome bias and an overemphasis on the power of skill over randomness. Taken together, this leads many investors down the damaging path of chasing past performance – and ultimately ending up disappointed.
Volatile Markets and the Ongoing Spread of the Virus are Causing Economic Uncertainty
Tuesday, 03 March 2020
Last week saw the worst week on Wall Street since 2008, as the Dow fell into correction likely due to the outbreak and spread of COVID-19, commonly called novel coronavirus. A market correction is a nerve-wracking event for investors, but the current uneasiness in the markets is no cause for panic.
While the spread of COVID-19 is atypical, market correction is not. In fact, it’s an entirely normal process, and not altogether unexpected after experiencing the longest-running bull market on record. There have been 22 market corrections since 1974, and they are aptly named because the market usually “corrects” itself and returns prices to their longer-term trends. While the coronavirus is likely to cause economic impact into at least the second quarter of 2020, historically, Wall Street’s reaction to these types of epidemics has been short-lived, including in the recent past.
With a $30 trillion wealth transfer underway, Baby Boomers have the power to shape the next generation’s financial future.
Monday, 17 February 2020
Albert Einstein might be best known for the theory of relativity, but did you know he also had an interest in finance and economics? In fact, he once referred to compound interest as the “eighth wonder of the world.”
Einstein wasn’t wrong; compounding is both powerful and fascinating. When combined with education, it can become a veritable superpower – one which Baby Boomers can wield as they continue making the largest transfer of wealth in American history.
It’s Time for a New Kind of Post-Work Planning
Monday, 03 February 2020
During your working years, retirement seems like a dream. It’s that glorious time on the horizon when you can spend your life in leisure with no cares in the world. Why, then, are many new retirees finding this phase of life to be confusing, frustrating or even downright miserable? The answer lies in the inherent flaws in traditional retirement planning.
Here’s How to Find the Equilibrium You’re Searching For
Wednesday, 22 January 2020
Brian Dyson, former COO of Coca Cola, is famous for his quest to find balance among work, family and self-care. Dyson understood what so many of us fail to remember at times – that all the balls we’re juggling in life aren’t created equal. Here’s how he described it:
“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them — work, family, health, friends and spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls — family, health, friends, and spirit — are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.”
So, how do we find this balance, exactly? Many people say it isn’t possible, and that it’s just a myth that keeps us chasing something unattainable. After all, we have a finite number of hours in the day, limited energy to disperse across all areas of life and the need for a paycheck. Is it truly possible to find equilibrium? As it turns out, the answer is yes. It simply takes a commitment to the following simple, yet effective, strategies.
Here’s How to ‘Future-Proof’ Your Long-Term Investments
Friday, 03 January 2020
Investing in the stock market isn’t for the faint of heart, and many news stories can cause your panic level to rise when you aren’t prepared to ride the natural highs and lows. However, you’re not alone in your worries about the future. In fact, 60 percent of Americans report feeling stressed by simply thinking about the stock market. The good news is, if you have planned your long-term investments properly, they are actually built to ride the highs and lows of a mercurial market. Remember, investing is a long game; if you prepare properly, you can overcome short-term volatility. Below is a three-point checklist to help you protect your investments through a rough period.
Financially Supporting Your Kids May Negatively Impact Your Own Financial Health
Thursday, 26 December 2019
Are you considering financial support for your adult children? If so, you’re not alone. In a recent study by TD Ameritrade, 25 percent of baby boomers admitted they are supporting adult family members. That support, on average, equates to $10,000 per year. That’s a full $10,000 that boomers aren’t able to save or invest for their retirements – annually.
When it comes to your retirement planning, it’s important to ask yourself whether you can truly afford that kind of generosity. After all, if you fall short of your retirement goals, will anyone be there to bail you out? More than likely, the answer is no.
So, before you agree to provide financial support (or further financial support) to your adult children, you should ask yourself four questions:
Learn How Your Mindset Can Improve the Way You Manage Your Money
Wednesday, 20 November 2019
The term “money mindset” is most often used in discussions about attracting greater wealth in your life. However, there’s an alternative way to look at this phrase, too. What if, instead of focusing on trying to bring more money your way, you flipped your mindset to one of gratitude for what you already have?
Believe it or not, waking up each day focused on practicing an attitude of gratitude can actually enhance your finances over the long-term. Read on to learn three important reasons that being grateful can improve the way you manage your money.
Four Steps for Surviving a Market Meltdown
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
The past decade has been kind to recent retirees – they’ve benefited from a bull market that quite possibly increased their net worth even though they’re no longer working. Of course, not all retirees will be this lucky.
Since the market is always in flux, some retirees will find themselves in the unfortunate predicament of retiring into a bear market that’s about to show its teeth. However, all hope is not lost. Here are four steps you can take to help ensure your retirement is bear market-proof.
1. Take Stock of Your Budget
The ebbs and flows of the market can make us feel powerless at times, with Wall Street maintaining more control over our money than we do. This is an unsettling feeling, particularly if you’re newly retired or will be retiring soon.
Are You Spending Your Retirement Days the Same Way Others Are?
Thursday, 24 October 2019
It’s common for those on the verge of retirement to struggle with imagining their days without work. So much empty space on the calendar can be exciting, but it can also cause feelings of anxiety and overwhelm.
Don’t fear – once you actually retire, you’re likely to find that your days are not as different as you thought they might be. If you’re intentional about how you structure your schedule and open-minded about the experiences and activities you’d like to try, you’ll soon find yourself with a full agenda designed to create the fulfilling retirement you’ve dreamed of.
Most people spend their working years worried about saving enough for retirement. What tends to escape attention, however, is how that retirement income will be taxed in the future.
Tuesday, 08 October 2019
Depending upon the type of income, retirement earnings are often taxed at a lower rate – or sometimes not at all. It’s important to understand where your retirement income falls on this continuum so that you can ensure you will have the spending power you hope for once you stop working.
Let’s imagine you’re a single person who earns $80,000 each year, and you save 10 percent for your retirement. After deducting this retirement contribution, income taxes and applicable FICA taxes, you’re likely to have $50,000-$60,000 at your disposal annually. How do you ensure you’ll have this same amount available to you in retirement after taxes? Since that answer is highly dependent upon the source of your retirement income, let’s take a look at a few common sources:
Wednesday, 25 September 2019
It’s nearly here. Retirement. Sometimes, it may seem you’ve been planning, prepping and worrying about your retirement for ages. If retirement is close, you may already see yourself out on the golf course, sleeping late, or moving to the south of France. Before that happens though, it’s good to take a breath and review three big things that won’t change as you move into retirement. Addressing these three can have a major effect on the quality of your retirement.
Thursday, 12 September 2019
You’ve drafted up a will, so you’re all set, right? Wrong. Having a will is a good first step, but to really ensure that you and your family are secure, you’ll want to go over the 6 estate must-haves detailed in this article. 6 in 10 American adults do not even have a will. The good news is that percentage of older Americans (above the age of 72) that number jumps up much higher, to 81% but that still is leaving a lot of things undecided for a lot of folks. If you are behind on your estate planning think of it this way- it’s not just a will it’s naming guardianship if you have children and it’s naming power of attorney if you become unable to manage your finances or health care needs. Estate planning is going over your beneficiaries and creating trusts. While it may be unpleasant thinking about death, the peace of mind that comes with have all the paperwork in place and knowing your wishes will be known is worth it. So, let’s go over 5 items you will need to prepare.
ARE YOU ONE OF THE GROWING NUMBER OF AMERICANS THAT WANT TO RETIRE EARLY?
Tuesday, 20 August 2019
DO YOU WANT TO DO IT BEFORE YOU TURN 60? IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO EITHER OF THOSE QUESTIONS, THEN READ ON, AS YOU MAY WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT A 72(T) DISTRIBUTION.
Normally, when someone retires early and draws on their retirement savings (before the age of 59 ½) they incur penalties and fees. 72(t) distribution plans allow someone to draw on their IRA savings, without fee or penalty, by using what is called “substantially equal periodic payments”. What that essentially means is unlike the other times you can pull from retirement savings, like to buy a house, or for school tuition, a 72(t) must be paid out over a set period of time. If you start a payout at age 52, for example, you must consistently do so for 8 years. You must take payment for 5 years, or turn 59 ½, whichever happens later. So, if you start at 57 you must continue with the payments until you are 62.