Categories for Interest Rates

The Impact of Low Rates

March 11, 2020 10:00 am

Last week, we saw market movements that signaled a low-yield environment. Since then, rates have continued to fall.  Currently the 10-year treasury is trading close to 50bps and the entire yield curve is pricing at below 1% for the first time in history. Although these unprecedented movements may reflect more short-term fears, we believe they should motivate a revaluation of traditional... View Article

Should I Be Buying or Selling Stocks Now

March 2, 2020 10:00 am

It seems investor sentiment has quickly changed since the beginning of the year, not to mention from just about 10 days ago as witnessed by the recent stock market decline. Many argue “why” this has happened and here’s a quick look at the potential reasons: Coronavirus: Most argue this is the primary reason for the recent market sell off. Its certainly terrible what is happening across... View Article

How Much Income is Enough

February 19, 2020 9:00 am

Everyone has a different value of a dollar. Regardless of how we view our investments, manage our liabilities, claim our social security benefit, and many other financial decisions, the illusion of wealth is real. If given the choice of receiving $100,000 at the start of your retirement or $500 per month for the duration of your retirement, which would you... View Article

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

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

Longevity Planning vs. The 4% Retirement Rule

May 2, 2019 9:00 am

Last month, in our blog The 60/40 Investment Debate, we discussed a few key considerations when it comes to longevity risk. As our focus continues in a pursuit to solve this very important issue, we realize longevity planning is often confused with traditional planning for one’s future retirement. For most, today’s retirement planning only focuses on planning “to” retirement rather... 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