The “yield curve” is a term that is used frequently when discussing the state of the economy. But what is a yield curve to begin with, and what does it have to do with you and your investments? Yield curves typically depict the various yields across the range of maturities for a particular bond class.…Details
Todd Schanel, CFA, CPA, CFP® and Jackie Goldstick, CFP®
If you have ever met with a financial advisor, it is likely that they have several letters after their name. As a consumer, it is important to understand exactly what these designations mean – they are not all the same and they do not all indicate the same type of expertise or accomplishment. Some require…Details
When helping people plan for their financial future, the overriding principle that governs the advice we give is to “control what we can.”, and one of the things we have the most control over is how much we spend and how much we save. For those that are preparing for retirement, so much focus is…Details
As an investor, it’s perfectly natural to ask, how are my investments doing? Most people look at their account values and if they are up, they are happy and if they are down, they begin to ask questions. But if you really want to know how your investments are doing, you need to consider how…Details
In the video When Should You Begin Collecting Social Security Benefits, we’ve discussed considerations to take account when determining when to begin collecting social security benefits. Specifically, we discussed the fact that delaying collection allows your benefit amount to grow by 8% per year plus inflation from Full Retirement Age to Age 70 while collecting…Details
Your investment portfolio is most likely comprised of different types of investments, balanced in such a way that takes into consideration both your overall return objectives as well as your risk tolerance. It is useful to understand the purpose and role each investment plays within a diversified, balanced portfolio. Stocks or equity, whether owned through…Details
Many people mistakenly believe that investment management is simply selecting the investment or combination of investments that will generate the highest yield or highest long-term return. In reality, sophisticated investment management is actually much more complicated than that as it integrates several interrelated components of which specific investment selection is only one facet.Details
As much as we would prefer a world where doctors could focus exclusively on addressing our health care questions strictly according to our highest interests, we know that reality is less rosy. Best intentions are often complicated by multiple parties, conflicting incentives and confusing costs. The more informed you are of any undisclosed motivations – who is compensating whom, and how – the better your choices can be when deciding to whom to turn for your family’s quality medical care.Details
It’s hard to think all the way back to January 2016, but the year began with a bit of a shock when US stocks had their worst start in history. Then came the Brexit vote in June, when non-US Stocks dropped approximately 7% over a three week period. And then came the US Presidential election, when US stocks dropped approximately 5% in the weeks leading up to the election.
But by the end of the year, those investors who stayed the course saw positive returns across the board.