807, 2016

Three Common Attributes Many Successful Investors Share

Outlined below are three common investor attributes I have found endemic among the hundreds of investors I have met and/or worked with over my 25 year career in the investment industry.  These are not silver bullets to investing – just interesting commonalities.   Like most difficult things, there is rarely a simple solution.   And investing is one of those difficult endeavors.   The first attribute is this: most successful investors are investors and not savers.   This seems obvious but it is not.  There is a very big difference between how an investor thinks and a saver thinks.   I did a quick Google […]

2806, 2016

The 5 Mistakes Every Investor Makes

Peter Mallouk wrote a book titled “The 5 Mistakes Every Investor Makes and How to Avoid Them: Getting Investing Right”.  **(SUMMARY) The video does not get into all 5 of the mistakes he mentions in the book, but it is a very informative interview because he takes a call from a listener concerned about the debt crisis.  Here is the link to the video.Peter Mallouk Interview – The 5 Mistakes Every Investor Makes*The 5 Mistakes Every Investor Makes offers investors an accessible guide that can dramatically improve investment performance, reduce stress, substantially increase the probability of achieving investment goals, and even improve […]

1706, 2016

The A, B, C, & D of Medicare – Breaking down the basics & what each part covers

Whether your 65th birthday is on the horizon or decades away, you should understand the parts of Medicare – what they cover, and where they come from.Parts A & B: Original Medicare. America created a national health insurance program for seniors in 1965 with two components. Part A is hospital insurance. It provides coverage for inpatient stays at medical facilities. It can also help cover the costs of hospice care, home health care, and nursing home care – but not for long, and only under certain parameters.1Seniors are frequently warned that Medicare will only pay for a maximum of 100 […]

2305, 2016

Risk and Reward is not Always an Easy Balance

Some investors are challenged with balancing investment risk with the potential reward. One of the reasons seems to be because some investors invest based on extreme market movements.  Now don’t get me wrong, markets can make extreme movements — but not often.  In fact, based on an article by Novel Investor, there have been only 5  times that the S&P 500 has gone up more than 40% in one year since 1926, and only 3 times during this period did it go down more than 30% in a year.  And that’s over 9 decades!Based on this fact, investing with the […]

1505, 2016

How Much are You Paying for Financial Advice?

You would think the question posed in our title would be an easy one to answer, but it’s not. The financial services industry has done a fantastic job of making it difficult to compare one service to another.  I know, I know, it doesn’t matter what you pay, it matters what you earn, right?  Cost is not the issue, we are told, the value is in the quality of the advice and the level of investment returns. There are other clichés that come to mind.  The age old saying “You get what you pay for,” or “Always consider Value versus Price.”  […]

705, 2016

When to Consider Hiring a Financial Advisor

In this article, I am going to outline three situations where you should consider talking to one or more financial advisors for input as to how you should personally address each situation. Although there are general ‘rules of thumb’ in almost every case, they need to be individualized and personalized.1. You have decided you need to get your finances organized. Maybe you have multiple IRA accounts, a 401(k) account left at a previous employer, or investment accounts at different firms you are not even looking at, let alone monitoring properly. Many times these accounts are costing you fees that you […]

1404, 2016

The Enemy…Fear and Greed

When it comes to investing successfully there are two emotions you never want to experience – fear and greed.  When I say this it is very easy to look to our spouses, friends, sometimes even our financial advisors and see how they have succumbed to these deadly emotions.  It is much harder to see how these emotions have influenced our investment decisions. Fear comes in many shapes and forms when investing.  The two ends of the spectrum go from panicking when the market or an investment goes down, to keeping all of your retirement money in cash for fear of the […]

3103, 2016

A Tale of Three Buckets – Investing, Saving, and Living

Most of us have assets we would define as investments.   We also have accounts we consider to be our savings.  And lastly, we have funds we use to live (i.e. pay bills and buy things). Simple, right?   Well, I contend the concept of viewing each of  these buckets separately and differently is far from simple for many of us. I also believe it is critical we learn to manage each bucket appropriately and find the right balance for us individually in order to build wealth and/or maintain it. The goals for each of these buckets may be different and therefore, […]

702, 2016

Investing – Control What You Can Control… Costs, Taxes, Portfolio Risk

You cannot control the market’s direction, up, down or sideways.  What you can control are costs associated with a portfolio.  You can control taxes to some degree.   And you do have some control over the amount of risk a portfolio takes.  Okay, so let’s take a quick look at each of these factors.Cost – Do not make an assumption that lower is better, or on the other end of the scale ‘you get what you pay for’. In my opinion, both of these positions are too simple and neither one is correct.  The best place to start when it comes […]

110, 2015

Putting this Market Pullback into Perspective

The rush to fill the 24 hour news cycle continues, and as an investor you may be surrounded by alarming statements.   Many of which will not come to pass…but it does sell newspapers, drive traffic to websites, and keep you watching or listening to that channel!

I want to put some perspective around the last few months in the investment market, both in terms of volatility and the declines we are seeing.  To help with this, here is a link to a piece that Franklin Templeton put together showing the Bull and Bear Markets over the last 85 years…beginning with the Great […]