Why a market correction shouldn’t make you worry

Why a market correction shouldn’t make you worry

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When stock market performance outpaces expectations for an extended period, as it has recently, the anticipation of a market correction (a drop of 10% of more) can worry investors.  But, should you be concerned?  After all, significant drops in the stock markets are fairly common, as are rebounds and new highs.  While market fundamentals play a large role in these fluctuations, so does investor sentiment. This makes it impossible to…

Q2 2021 Quarterly Context Video

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What are investor expectations about market returns are moving forward, and why they are unreasonably high relative to the expectations of financial professionals. What a recent study shows about financial lessons learned from the pandemic. How is the fed changing its stimulation plans. Inflation jumped, and is causing debate. Three times the level of volatility risk is projected to be required for the same level of return vs. 20 years…

How to think about inflation and investments

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There has been a lot of talk lately about inflation, in great part because inflation has been so low for so long, but recently had a small spike.  Unfortunately, when inflation is low, investors tend to forget it is a “sleeper risk,” gradually eroding their purchasing power and lowering after-inflation returns. Below are thoughts to consider. Why does monetary policy matter when it comes to inflation? Historically, periods of major…

Q121 Quarterly Context Video

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Vaccines picked up speed but are hitting some bumps, spring fever and more spending is in the air, all of that and big stimulus is causing markets to continue to defy the pandemic, but diversification still matters. See a dynamic video showing how the top-10 stocks in the S&P 500 has changed over last 20 years (hint.. a lot!). Learn how interest rate increases can hurt bond returns. See a…

Save more in 2021: 6 opportunities for midlife professionals and business owners

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As you reach certain midlife milestones, you gain opportunities to save more money, whether through tax-deferred vehicles or identifying key expenses where you may be overpaying.  Business owners also have a chance to bounce back from what may have been a slower year in 2020 with some favorable tax rules.  Which of these options can you take advantage of this year? Delay tax payments Business owners who had a down…

Q4-2020 Quarterly Context Webinar

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Expected impact of a new administration in the Oval Office, Wall St. vs. Main St., stimulation-supported market returns defying the pandemic, almost surely unrepeatable 13.9% 10-year annualized US stock market return, what the yield curve is saying, COVID case patterns, investor actual returns vs. the markets (hint: emotional investing hurts), what % of stocks were negative in last 5 years (hint: a lot!), updated projected 10-year returns, and more. …Watch…

Wealth and happiness – the surprising factor that can increase well-being

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Does money buy happiness?  Wealth and happiness are often paired together.  As you earn more income, invest more into the market, or reduce your debt, you likely feel more life satisfaction. This seems obvious, and many studies* prove this to be correct.  However, in a study conducted by researchers from UC, Riverside, a surprising factor emerged about how you can improve your overall feeling of well-being:  the amount of cash you have…

Gen X insurance: how to put proper midlife protections in place

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If you’re a Gen X-er, it’s likely your life is starting to look very different than it did in your early years when you were just beginning your career and starting a family.  Now you’ve made significant headway in your career, earn a higher income, and have amassed significantly more wealth. Your children may be approaching the age where they can begin driving or they’re getting ready for college. You may also have…