The happiness formula

The happiness formula

3 days ago 0 55

Money can’t literally buy happiness, however studies show that reducing financial stress and having more options can increases happiness. What is definitely clear is that there is a connection between emotions and money, and being less emotional as an investor reduces your stress, which therefore can increase your happiness AND therefore also your financial success. Maybe that’s not surprising. But here’s a formula to understand how to increase happiness, and…

Lessons from a flat tire – how to handle stock market volatility

3 months ago 0 366

Is recent market volatility making you nervous? Perspective could help you stay calm and on track. Your financial journey is a lot like a car trip. On your route from point A to point B, while driving wisely, it is normal to experience stoplights, curvy roads, bad weather, or other elements that slow you down. A few times in your life, you might hit a pothole or nail that causes…

Current market volatility is an investor test, not a market test

1 year ago 0 455

After years of unusually low market volatility that hypnotized a large swath of investors into believing yet again that markets only rise, the market drops of the last 2 days are a healthy reminder that stock market fluctuations should be viewed as a normal part of investing. Don’t forget, as is the case with food, good nutrition isn’t always tasty, but is beneficial in the long run. Eat your Brussels sprouts! As disciplined institutional investor Warren Buffet wisely said a while back, “The stock market is a device to transfer wealth from the impatient to the patient.” So, the real question is… do you want to be in the panic (impatient) group? Or the profit (patient) group?

Article library & oldies but goodies

1 year ago 0 227

News articles to help you make better financial decisions. Topics include investor behavior, smart financial choices, investor pitfalls to avoid, and other topics.

What is the right path to get there?

2 years ago 0 455

After 8 years of positive market returns and increased uncertainty in politics, should you be more worried about market fluctuation risk? Is it “different this time” and should you be more conservative as an investor? It is common to feel nervous and have questions questions at this point in a market cycle and when the Oval Office has changed hands. It may make sense to make a change if you…

Q4-2016 Quarterly Context Webinar

2 years ago 0 704

Do gambling and investing have different odds? Are political parties or Fed rates a bigger driver of markets? Listen-in for that and other insight.

Want to improve your returns? Keep your finger off the button.

2 years ago 0 578

It’s a new year and president, and with that comes uncertainty and many opinions about the direction of the investment markets. What’s key to remember is that uncertainty is nothing new. Studies suggest that despite major political and economic events that can impact returns in unpredictable ways in the short-run, it’s better to keep stay away from the panic button if you want better long-term results. A recently updated Dalbar,…

What do the new annual savings limits mean for you?

2 years ago 0 734

Below are the IRS updates for 2017, which are similar to 2016 due to low inflation. Read on for special opportunities to save more… 401(k), 403(b), 457 Plan deferral Limit: 2016: $18,000, 2017: $18,000 “Catch-up” Contribution >age 50: 2016: $6,000, 2017: $6,000 Defined Contribution Plan Total Dollar Limit: 2016: $53,000, 2017: $54,000 Highly Compensated Employee definition: 2016: $120,000, 2017: $120,000 Click here for full IRS announcement of 2017 limits Some…