William and Sharon were driving home from a meeting with Alan, their financial advisor to talk about their retirement plans. William had decided that he would leave his work next year and Sharon would continue to work for another couple of years. The couple had been diligently saving for “the big day” when they could consider themselves fully retired and now they had actual dates in mind.
Mark and Wanda Taylor, a couple on the verge of retirement, have decided to fire their financial advisor. “We are not really sure about how to plan for retirement,” Wanda told us at a recent workshop. “What we are most uncomfortable with is that we aren’t convinced that our advisor understands how to plan for retirement either!”
Just as regular health checkups with a qualified physician are an important proactive step to maintaining your physical health, regular financial checkups with an experienced financial advisor are an important proactive step to maintaining good financial health.
“I remember when my parents retired,” my client Sue told me as we sat down to talk about her and her husband Brian’s retirement plans. “They both quit at 65 and looked forward to traveling in their fifth wheel to visit friends and family around the U.S.”
I well remember when the Dow Jones industrial average reached 10,000 in 1999, as I was working at Dow Jones Indexes at the time. It had been more than 100 years since Charles Dow created his venerable stock “average” and we were approaching a historic milestone. The exuberant 90s were in full swing and the stock market had more than doubled the prior four years. Continue reading
This article is featured in the winter edition of our 360 Insights Quarterly Client Newsletter.
Predictions on November 7, 2016, the day before voters elected Donald Trump as our next president…
“As the historic 2016 U.S. presidential election approaches, major Wall Street analysts agree that the S&P 500 will likely sell off if Donald Trump wins, and at least hold gains if Hillary Clinton wins.” CNBC
This blog is from the January issue of Portfolio Perspectives.
The world is risky. The future is uncertain. And many of the decisions we make can have a profound impact on our future welfare. This is where financial advisors can add value by helping their clients navigate an inherently risky world. Risk cannot be eliminated, but it can be managed. Continue reading