Categories for Investor Discipline

Will I Have Enough

January 16, 2020 11:00 am

Many investors in retirement have certain goals in common: more money rather than less, minimal wealth volatility, and enough financial cushion to cover the extra costs of, hopefully, living a very long life. Retirees have generally tried to meet those goals with a simple rule of thumb: hold a balanced stock/bond portfolio and withdraw at a sustainable rate. Historically this... View Article

The Great Market Plunge of 2019

January 16, 2020 10:00 am

It was in this letter exactly a year ago that we sought to provide some perspective about the steep decline stocks had just experienced in fourth quarter 2018. Over the course of just a few trading sessions in December, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 12%, and the Russell 2000 small stock index fell 14%. The plunge sent the major... View Article

Your Future Self in 2020

December 12, 2019 8:00 am

Take a minute to think about your birthday this coming year. Who will be there with you? What will you be doing? What will you be eating, and maybe more importantly, what will you be drinking? Now, think ahead and do the same for your birthday in 20 years’ time. What does the scene look like? Who is there? What... View Article

We Struggle to Act Responsibly

November 21, 2019 8:00 am

It’s no surprise that people often struggle to act responsibly, even when they know better. They charge too much on their credit cards, eat ice cream for breakfast and skip the gym. Many of these self-control issues are driven by present bias, which is the tendency to make choices that are distorted by the prospect of an immediate reward. Here... View Article

Don’t Just Sit There – Do Something

October 10, 2019 10:00 am

It has been said that golf is an easy game, it’s just hard to play. Much the same could be said of investing. The principles of long-term investment success aren’t particularly complicated. Construct a well-diversified portfolio appropriate for your risk and return needs. Stay the course and let compounding work its magic over time. Easy, right? And yet…it isn’t. Emotions... View Article

Financial Planning Beats Market Volatility

September 19, 2019 8:00 am

In recent days the increase in volatility in the stock market has resulted in renewed anxiety for many investors. While it may be difficult to remain calm during a substantial market decline, it is important to remember that volatility is a normal part of investing. Additionally, for long-term investors, reacting emotionally to volatile markets may be more detrimental to portfolio performance than... View Article

Has a Global Recession Arrived

August 21, 2019 8:00 am

Some claim that a global recession has begun following a lot of the recent economic data. Others might argue that major problems only exist overseas, and signs of any recession is not present in the United States. Regardless of who is right, we expect a recession won’t be confirmed until twelve months or longer after the fact. This is similar... View Article

A Stock Market Cycle and Investor Discipline

July 24, 2019 8:00 am

Every point in a stock market cycle brings its own emotional challenges for long-term investors. When volatility spikes, as it did in 2018, investors need to muster their intestinal fortitude and avoid the temptation to flee to cash. In times of extended market doldrums, as we saw in 2015-16 when stocks mostly moved sideways, investors must avoid the temptation to... View Article

Creating My Own Longevity Strategy

May 30, 2019 8:00 am

To be blunt, as part of their financial planning process, many more people should establish a longevity strategy. As we discussed in a recent blog Longevity Planning vs. The 4% Retirement Rule, there are many considerations when making these decisions. However, two primary characteristics determine which pre-retirees and retirees will benefit most: INITIAL FINANCIAL CONDITION: Retirees with “modest-sized” nest eggs relative... View Article

Are Investors Missing the Big Picture

April 16, 2019 8:00 am

After a turbulent end to 2018 sent stock indices around the globe into bear market territory, equities staged a big recovery in the first quarter of 2019. For the quarter, the S&P 500 index gained 13.65% and was within a few percentage points of its record high. The Russell 2000 small stock index gained even more, rising 14.58%. Large cap... View Article