There’s no way to sugarcoat it — market volatility is the new normal in today’s investing environment. For decades millions of American investors have followed an aggressive growth strategy — a strategy that worked. For many it went like this: During those wealth accumulation years, invest heavily in equities such as blue-chip stocks. Rinse. Repeat.
My sharpest tool as a long-term investor is what is commonly known as a lazy portfolio, and it’s a great way for regular people to efficiently grow their assets, easily diversify away unsystematic risk and pay the lowest fees to do it. I think it’s “foxy” for several reasons. 1. It’s easy to understand. When
The U.S. government wants to encourage citizens to save for retirement and for advanced education, and one of the best incentives for saving is a tax break. These plans work differently in how the investor ultimately gets the tax break. In a traditional IRA or 401(k), the tax break comes at the beginning on the
The 10-year period began January 1, 2008, which means we are in the final year of the challenge. While we don’t know the funds selected by Protégé, we do have a nine-year performance update — and it’s not pretty. The hedge fund portfolio is up just 22 percent over nine years. That’s slightly better than
When I advise my clients about their retirement, I can’t just focus on asking them, “How much are you saving?” or “Do you think you are conservative or aggressive?” These are questions to be addressed. However, a couple’s retirement is dependent on a few other financial disciplines that are interconnected with retirement planning to flesh
Many people who have saved millions of dollars to retire comfortably are now scared to spend it. A recently retired client, a woman with approximately $1 million in savings, was asked to join a group of friends on a girls’ getaway vacation costing approximately $3,000. Even though she had plenty of money to take the
Deciding not to expect repayment can reduce your anxiety. You still might second-guess your decision, especially if you have to come to terms with forfeiting a needed purchase or valued activity, or even delaying retirement, as you watch the funds vanish. Requests for financial help from family members can sabotage personal finances and emotional well-being.
Without initiative or proper guidance, many of us never learn about fundamental retirement-planning steps until we’ve already made a mistake. Here’s a list of the top seven mistakes that hurt your chances to achieve financial security in retirement. 1. Assuming we should plan to retire Rocking chairs, sunsets, golf and a sailboat. If you watch
But for a person going through a temporary hard time or in a chemical withdrawal period or on a new medicine, the desire may be short-lived. Making it hard for them to physically act may buy time for a change in the circumstances that led to the desire. Things change, and when they do, that
When it comes to your financial stability, planning ahead is essential. A home-equity line of credit can give you an added level of financial security for the future and is best considered while you’re in a healthy financial position. Having an open line of credit on your house can be a valuable tool. It serves
Every financial advisor — fiduciary or not — has to make money somehow, but the devil is in the details. If your advisor’s answer about his or her business model is vague or takes more than 30 seconds to explain, that’s a major red flag. You should never buy anything, especially financial advice, if you
You may want to try a combination of both. With this strategy, you take out a 30-year mortgage but plan to put extra payments toward principal over the loan to pay it off sooner. There are many ways to do this (putting extra toward principal each month, putting big chunks down here and there), but