The Gen X dilemma (part 1): how do you financially prepare and launch your children?

The Gen X dilemma (part 1): how do you financially prepare and launch your children?

3 weeks ago 42

Gen Xers are caught in quite the pickle. You’re sandwiched between your aging parents and restless teenagers, and feel the financial pressure from both sides. You want to help, but feel uncertain of where to start. So what do you do? In this article, we’re going to focus on how to prepare and launch your children. More specifically, we’ll zero in on how you can help them find their financial…

Inflation, investing and innovation – how to stay calm amid uncertainty

4 months ago 62

Is inflation on your mind?  It would be surprising if it weren’t.  While we all have to weather inflation’s short-term effects, we have reason for optimism over the long term.  Here’s a look at where we are right now. Inflation, labor shortages, and supply chains The effects of nearly two years of the pandemic compounded by the Omicron variant’s impact hamper economic recovery as we face labor shortages, supply chain…

Staying ahead of the game: how to keep the strong stock market from jeopardizing your life goals

6 months ago 249

Are you ahead of the game when it comes to achieving your financial independence? Has the unusually strong stock market boosted your wealth to the point where you think you could work less or stop working sooner than expected? Are you at a point where you are increasing your current or future lifestyle expectations? Maybe your experience is all of the above. If so, that’s an exciting feeling. The possibility…

Why a market correction shouldn’t make you worry

7 months ago 181

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

8 months ago 30

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

11 months ago 0 317

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

1 year ago 0 299

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…

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

1 year ago 0 591

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…