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
Todd Schanel, CFA, CPA, CFP® and Jackie Goldstick, CFP®
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.
PATIENCE, n. A quality apparent among such lower life forms as snails and tortoises but rarely among humans who invest in financial assets. [Jason Zweig, The Devil’s Financial Dictionary] When we discuss the importance of disciplined investing with our clients, we tend to emphasize how critical it is to stay invested in the midst of…Details
When it comes to investing, we can often be our own worst enemy. That is because oftentimes, we allow our emotions to impact our behavior. Our emotions are fueled by what we read and hear in the media. The more emotional we become, the more likely we are to act and the actions we take…Details
Good advice is timeless … and timely. Good financial advice never goes out of style; its principles are permanent. Good advice must remain relevant in an ever-changing world. Your financial adviser should be able to help you embrace promising new opportunities and insights while avoiding the false leads and frightening challenges that are as formidable as ever in today’s markets.Details
The financial press had a field day with headlines in 2015. In the fourth quarter alone, we were greeted with news stories about plummeting oil prices, a sharp slowdown in China, and the first Fed interest rate hike in more than a decade. At one point during the year, the S&P 500 was down 12%…Details
Please keep in mind that changes to the Social Security benefits do not necessarily mean that delaying social security benefit until age 70 is no longer a good strategy. It just means that in some cases, delaying will not be as good a deal as it was before.Details
Index fund investing is as popular as ever. In 2014, Vanguard alone recorded record mutual fund inflows totaling $216 billion. Investors are catching on to the benefits of index and other passively managed funds – benefits that include lower costs, broader diversification, lower turnover, and greater transparency. But, as Wall Street Journal columnist and author…Details