Is it a Bad Idea to Buy Bonds When Interest Rates are Going Up?

Is it a Bad Idea to Buy Bonds When Interest Rates are Going Up?

Here’s something I bet you didn't know. The size of the U.S. stock market is about $30 trillion. If you added up the value of all publicly traded stocks in the U.S., the market value of all those companies would come up to around $30 trillion, but what about bonds?

Bad News For Stock Market Experts And Your Retirement Account

Bad News For Stock Market Experts And Your Retirement Account

I just read an article where the author has compiled a list of stock market predictions from well-known stock market experts. Since 2010, there have been 62 “can’t miss” predictions; 43 of those predictions were wrong. In other words, 69 per cent of these almost-certain predictions were wrong; two were neither right nor wrong and only 17, or 27 per cent, of these “can’t miss predictions” actually turned out to be right.

7 Impactful Gifts You Can Give This Christmas For Free!

7 Impactful Gifts You Can Give This Christmas For Free!

For many, the Christmas season can be a very stressful time of rushing around trying to find and afford the perfect gifts for family and friends. Here are seven gifts that are suitable for children of any age, and I guarantee they will beat the best holiday deals you can find in stores. The best part? These gifts are free and given in a good way they will far outlast any store-bought gift.

Do You Really Need A Financial Advisor?

Do You Really Need A Financial Advisor?

We received an email from a potential new client asking about our services and what makes us different from a couple of other advisors they were considering. In the email they indicated that they were quickly approaching retirement and had accumulated about $1 million in retirement assets. Since we specialize in retirement planning, they seemed like the type of client we serve best!

Suze Orman's Guide to Retirement

Suze Orman's Guide to Retirement

Recently, a client sent us a copy of Suze Orman's “Guide to Retirement” and asked us for our thoughts. Here's what we told them: While I personally don't care for how Suze delivers her advice or opinions, I do tend to agree with most of what she has to say, which is also very similar to Dave Ramsey and I'm sure many others like them. As I skimmed through the article, five thoughts crossed my mind:

Survey Reveals Top Financial Concern of Today's Retirees

Survey Reveals Top Financial Concern of Today's Retirees

Prior to my talk at a recent speaking engagement, I walked around the room, consisting mostly of retirees and pre-retirees, asking everyone what they considered to be their top financial concerns. My unofficial survey results revealed the top two concerns being, not surprisingly, the fear of running out of money and poor or declining health. During my talk, I shared with the group a way to have increased confidence about the long-term outlook of your retirement money using what we call a Nest Egg Stress Test.

Is It Dangerous For You To Retire Now?

Is It Dangerous For You To Retire Now?

Recently, I came across a “Wall Street Journal” article quoting someone from Morningstar, the mutual fund rating service, saying retiring is dangerous now because no one knows what is going to happen in the future. I am pretty sure this has always been the case. No one knows for sure what’s going to happen in the future. So, is retiring now dangerous for you? You really need to look at the question from two aspects.

How Will A Trade War With China Affect You?

How Will A Trade War With China Affect You?

You probably noticed that when President Trump recently declared a trade war against China, it triggered sharp downturns in the stock market. But what exactly is a trade war and what really is a trade deficit? A trade deficit is a monthly calculation made by government economists. The value of products manufactured in China that are purchased in the U.S. are subtracted from the value of products manufactured in the U.S. that are purchased by Chinese consumers.