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What Now?

What Now?

By | 2020, Bond Markets, coronavirus, Equity Markets, Financial Planning, Fixed Income Markets, Interest Rates, Investing Lessons, Investment Returns, Investor Panic, Market Corrections, Market Volatility, Patience, Retiree, Retirement, Retirement Income, Retirement Planning, Retirement Savings, Returns, Risk, Stock Markets, Tax | No Comments

2020 began with the promise of continued strong economic and financial performance and a hint of uncertainty surrounding the November Presidential election.  The nation’s unemployment rate was near sixty-year lows, and labor force participation rates were near sixty-year highs.  The longest bull market in U.S. history was still running, despite concerns by some investors and analysts that it was getting…

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The coronavirus has roiled equity markets in 2020.

Market Volatility and the Coronavirus

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For many investors, the greatest impediment to financial success is their failure to control two powerful emotions:  fear and greed.  Fear and greed can distort investors’ perceptions of current economic conditions and financial markets, while diverting their attention from longer term financial goals.   Of the two emotions, fear is probably the more difficult to control for most investors and can…

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Is there a right and wrong time to retire?

The Worst Time to Retire?

By | Investment Returns, Market Index, Retiree, Retirement, Retirement Income, Retirement Planning, Retirement Savings, Returns, Risk | No Comments

Investment News, a weekly national publication for financial advisors, recently published an article titled “Sinking At Retirement” by Greg Iacurci.  The article maintains, “Current market conditions bode horribly for near-term retirees.”  Many baby boomers, including some of our clients, are planning to retire soon.  Should pre-retirees on the verge of retirement be concerned about the impact current market conditions may…

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Market Volatility Can Test the Resolve of Investors Who React Emotionally

Some Perspective on Market Volatility

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Before the brief ten percent market correction that began on January 26th and ended on February 8th, domestic equity (stock) markets enjoyed the longest period of market calm in history.  Prior to the recent period of volatility, the S&P 500 had not retreated by 3% over one day or several days since November 4, 2016.  The streak shattered the previous…

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Should Investors Sell After a Correction?

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Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA), the mutual fund complex we place most of our clients’ assets with, employs quite a variety of professionals on its staff.  As you would imagine, many of the people who work for DFA are quantitatively oriented with degrees in finance.  On the opposite end of the spectrum is Weston Wellington, who holds a Bachelor of Arts…

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