IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDING THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE CONFLICT AND THE MARKETS.
Smart investing can overcome the power of emotion by focusing on relevant research, solid data and proven strategies.
There’s no question that periods of increased market volatility during times of conflict can be unsettling for investors. However, the decisions you make now—choosing to stay the course or move to the sidelines—can have long-lasting implications. In fact, making emotionally-based decisions about short-term market events is one of the fastest ways to derail your long-term investment strategy.
This is because it’s nearly impossible to accurately time the financial markets. As a result, investors tend to opt out at the worst time, when markets are falling, and buy back in at higher prices when markets begin to rise. On the other hand, those who remain invested and focused on their long-term investment goals have an opportunity to buy additional shares at lower prices when stock prices drop, which helps to generate long-term portfolio growth.
You wouldn't be human if you didn't fear loss. However, a time-tested approach to managing your investments through periods of uncertainty is to focus on asset allocation:
Asset allocation, which is driven by complex mathematical models, should not be confused with the much simpler concept of diversification. Asset allocation does not guarantee profit or protect against loss.
ELECTION 2020 | DON'T VOTE WITH YOUR PORTFOLIO
The viral pandemic has largely overshadowed politics, but as we get deeper into September, we are reminded that this is an election year.
The party conventions are behind us and the debates are agreed upon. The election news cycle and campaign ads are ramping up. Make no mistake, this will be one of the most contentious elections in our lifetime. But what does this mean for the markets, and more importantly, your investments? We will attempt to answer these questions in a thoughtful and objective manner. First, we’ll take a step back and review the current election landscape, and then discuss factors that could decide the election and its possible ramifications.
Click on the button below to review the potential implications and risks posed by the upcoming election.
LOW MORTGAGE RATES | HOW MUCH CAN YOU SAVE?
30-Year mortgage rates just hit their 8th record low this year.
CNN Business has the latest news @ http://cnn.it/3gKOo03
GOOD NEWS FOR HOMEBUYERS.Keep in mind that just two summers ago, the average interest rate on a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage hovered around 4%, while the 30-year was in the vicinity of 4.5%. With the average interest rate on these loans at new historic lows, it may be a smart time for first-time buyers to consider making their move.
In other words, it's uncertain how long these historically low rates will last. Keep in mind this article is for informational purposes only. It's not a replacement for real-life advice. It’s always a good idea to consult with your tax, legal, and accounting professionals before considering any changes to your living situation.
GOOD NEWS FOR INVESTORS.Believe it or not, hopeful homebuyers are struggling to find the right property: on July 4, 2020, the inventory of existing homes for sale was 31% smaller than it was in 2019. Even with these market conditions, 61% of respondents to a recent survey felt that buying a home in 2020 was a good idea. This interest in purchasing a new home despite the COVID-19 pandemic may be considered a “coincident indicator” by many. In other words, if consumers feel confident enough to go home shopping, that could indicate slowly returning economic confidence as well.3
GOOD NEWS FOR EVERYONE.Real estate plays an integral role in the health of the economy. Even when considering the many advantages of homeownership, it can be easy to forget that it is one of the greatest sources of wealth and savings for many Americans.4
Whether or not rates will drop even lower is anyone's guess. Even though it seems unlikely, mortgage issuers are dealing with a level of uncertainty that makes it harder for them to judge risk and assess the long-term value of the loans they originate.
1. OCRegister.com, July 16, 2020
2. Realtor.com, July 13, 2020
3. FreddieMac.com, July 16, 2020
4. TheBalance.com, February 10, 2020
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CAUTION | SCAMS RELATED TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK
As of April 15, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had received over 18,000 consumer complaints related to the COVID-19 outbreak, with victims reporting losses of more than $13.4 million. We would like to call out a few types of these scams to help you avoid becoming one of their victims.
You can find the latest news and updates on the websites for the Federal Bureau of Investigations www.fbi.gov or the FTC www.ftc.gov.
RECESSIONS | THE ROAD AHEAD
Recessions are a normal part of the business cycle.
However, the COVID-19-induced recession was not normal. Social distancing has worked to reduce both the number of cases and deaths caused by the virus, but these same efforts have unfortunately led to mounting economic costs. With some states beginning to ease restrictions, optimistic investors have been looking beyond today’s awful data and focusing on economic recovery.
Click on the button below to review three predictions for the rest of 2020.
PREPARE YOUR FINANCES FOR A HARDSHIP | WEATHER THE STORM
It’s impossible to prepare yourself emotionally for the unexpected hardships we face in life.
A spouse or loved one dies or becomes seriously ill or disabled. You get laid off from your job of 20 years or you’re forced to close your business. A natural disaster or the current national emergency concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
These are difficult situations where the future looks unclear. But with a sound financial plan in place, you can take comfort in knowing that not all is lost. You’ll be able to weather the storm because you’ve taken steps to safeguard your assets. Below are some solutions to managing finances in times of hardship.
Click on the button below to review how to prepare your finances for a hardship.
THE (CARES) ACT | WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU
The coronavirus pandemic has affected virtually every facet of American life and severely impacted the markets and economy.
Congress and the federal government have acted to help individuals and businesses get through this difficult time. Most recently, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act on March 27, 2020. The House passed the bill by voice vote earlier that day, and the Senate unanimously passed it on March 25. The $2.2 trillion bipartisan bill, the most expensive legislation ever enacted, resulted from negotiations between Treasury Security Steven Mnuchin and Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle.
Click on the button below to view highlights of many of the federal relief opportunities created thus far which may benefit you.
ORGANIZING YOUR RECORDS
Many people struggle every time they open their mail or email. Is this important? Do I need this? Should I keep it? Should I throw it away?
Recordkeeping should be simple. Whether you use file cabinets, boxes, or bins, create a system that you can follow.
A RULE FOR KEEPING YOUR DOCUMENTS:3 YEARS | 7 YEARS | FOREVER
Presuming that you will clean out your immediate and long-term files annually, here are some general guidelines for how long you should keep your documents. Your immediate and long-term files should be cleaned out at least once a year, with your short-term files either destroyed or placed in a long-term file. Be sure to shred any sensitive documents, especially those with account numbers, Social Security, and/or date of birth information.
KEEP 3 YEARS:- Household bills- Credit card statements- Receipts for minor purchases
KEEP 7 YEARS:- Canceled checks- Check registers- Bank statements- Pay stubs- Tax returns and supporting documentation
KEEP FOREVER OR UNTIL ASSETS ARE SOLD:- Receipts for home improvements- Receipts for major purchases- Annual investment statements- Gift tax returns- Inheritance papers- Insurance policies- Mutual fund statements- Copy of your will- Health care proxy forms
Click on the button below for a helpful guide to organizing your financial records.