This is the first Bear Market we have seen in a long time. Investors are starting to panic, wanting to sell their holdings, and that is the exact opposite that investors should be doing. Anyone who is taking advantage of a 401k or 403b is buying more shares of their mutual funds per deposit then they have been able to since 2008. More share = probability of more income in retirement.
The people who panic and sell the stocks in their retirement portfolios right now will most likely end up kicking themselves. Maybe not this week, this month, or this year. Maybe not even for a couple of years. But eventually, and big-time if history repeat itself.
The people who take advantage of this crash by investing more long-term money will most likely up patting themselves on the back. They might feel like chumps at first, for weeks, months or even years. But eventually they will be thankful if history prevails.
Rebalancing is an important part of portfolio management. If you’re decades away from retirement, there’s no need to panic over a down market. Stocks have a long history of losing value only to rally afterward. But if you’re within a year or two of retirement, a stock market dip or, worse yet, a full-fledged crash could really spoil your plans.
That’s why it’s so important to check on your asset allocation as retirement nears. While it’s certainly not advisable to dump your stocks before retirement, as you’ll need some in your portfolio to continue generating strong returns, you’ll also want more access to safer investments, like bonds, which tend to be far less volatile.
Not only that, but if you’re getting close to retirement, it’s important to keep a chunk of your savings in plain old cash. That way, if stocks tank, you won’t get stuck in a position where you need to liquidate investments at a loss to cover your living costs.
This is exactly why we look at our client’s portfolios each quarter to see if their allocation has changed. By regularly rebalancing we keep our clients within their risk profiles. Often, this allows me to buy quality funds for my clients on sale as well as any fund that pays regular dividends or capital gains buying more shares while the prices are low. Keep in mind, the more shares you have going into retirement, means more income for you once you have reached that milestone.
A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check payable to
“The United States of America” for an amount “up to and including his life.”
That is honor. There are too many people in this country who no longer understand this.
God Bless Our Veterans.
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During certain times of the year specific things are on sale. Here is what is good to buy in May:
There will be a lot of Memorial Day sales on mattresses from all of the big box retailers.
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day there will be a lot of big appliances on sale. Do your homework for exactly the features you want and do not want in your appliances before you order. Keep in mind, with the supply chain issues, deliveries may be slow.
Did you get Mom something shiny for Mother’s Day? Jewelry stores stock up but if sales were not what was expected for Mother’s Day, there will be big sales for the rest of the month. After all, June is wedding month and that brings a whole different set of jewelry sales.
Do your homework and shop smart!
I know, you are tired of hearing me harp on about cash reserves. You have heard me say a million times it is more important to cover income vs. expenses when building your cash reserves. I am not talking about that. What I am concerned about is actual paper money in your house.
Hurricane season is a mere 5 weeks away, now is the time to start planning. Many people focus on having enough emergency food, batteries, and water, but what about cash? Here is something to think about; let’s say the power is knocked out, the local gas station is running on a generator and you need something. There is a good chance the internet is also down so paying with an app is not a choice. Neither is using a credit card due to the lack of power. If you have paper money, you can get what you want from that store.
Put your paper crown on and have some paper money stashed in a safe place in your home.
Here is another great acronym submitted by a client!
Update your Password list
Update Photos of items of value
Emergency list current and in your wallet?
Sufficient Emergency funds on hand?
Emergency supplies still usable?
Backup phone, ipad, computer.
Update Budget & savings.
Location of “cloud” items; One Drive, Apple, Google, Dropbox
Location of keys for safe, storage unit.
Location of important papers; will, living will, POA.
I have been getting so many calls and emails from clients stating that they are so happy that their investments have done so well, but also cannot understand why they have to pay so much more in taxes this year. There are actually a couple of reasons why.
First, for my clients that have to take Required Minimum Distributions there was a double whammy. First off was the CARES Act which stated In Section 2203 titled, “Temporary Waiver of Required Minimum Distribution Rules for Certain Retirement Plans and Accounts,” those who are typically required to take minimum distributions from their retirement savings accounts will not be required to do so for the remainder of 2020. So no one had to take the RMD in 2020 which allowed the account to grow. When calculating the RMD for 2021, it was on a larger than expected balance.
Second, in 2021 a large number of mutual funds paid record gains:
604 funds are estimating distributions of over 10%;
• 123 funds are estimating distributions of over 20%; and
• 25 funds are estimating distributions of over 30%.
While capital gains are not taxed at the same rate as ordinary income, the gains were generally larger than previous years.
So I am happy to do my job successfully for my clients and don’t like the IRS any more than they do.
We spend a lot of time planning our weddings, where, when, who will be invited, who will be in the wedding party? Then the honeymoon, then real life. Here are a few tips to make the transition from single to married a bit easier.
Put all your cards on the table.
If you don’t already know your spouse’s financial status, or you haven’t shared your own, it’s well past time to have the money talk. Items to discuss are; salaries, current debts, credit scores, and savings habits.
Get specific about your financial goals.
Discuss your short term and long term goals, where you want to live and in what type of house, how many kids you want, when and where you would like to retire. All of these life cycle goals are very important.
Have an emergency fund.
You never know what life will throw at you, but you’re in it together. Now that there’s twice the chance of a job loss, sudden illness or other disaster affecting your balance sheet, you need to make sure you’re using both your incomes to prepare.
As someone who is approaching my 36th wedding anniversary, believe me, these tips matter.
The past two years have made a lot of people take a long hard look at their lives and careers. Many people that I know are thinking about career changes to something that will either make them happier, or give them more free time. Some people are being aged out of their careers, but are not ready to leave the work force so they must look for something different.
Everyone in the above listed situations are asking themselves which direction should they move in, and what will make them happy. Happiness is a vastly under rated virtue that has a huge impact on our day to day lives. When making a career change by choice, you have time to plan. When the choice is made for you, planning becomes an immediate need.
A solid cash flow plan for current needs and retirement is a must. Planning can help take the worry of life changes off the table. Meet with someone like me to make sure your next move will make you happy.
Because FRA (full retirement age) has been shifting later and later for newly eligible beneficiaries, each new group who has turned 62 in recent years will be forced to wait a little longer to start Social Security checks if they want their standard payment. They’ll also have fewer opportunities to earn delayed retirement credits, which can be earned until 70 for each month you delay claiming benefits after FRA.
But this won’t continue forever. In fact, everyone who turns 62 in 2022 or beyond will have the same FRA.
So for anyone who turns 62 in 2022 or beyond, full retirement age will be 67. These seniors must wait until then to avoid early filing penalties. By contrast, those who turned 62 last year could get their standard benefit at 66 and 10 months, while those who hit this milestone in 2020 were able to claim at 66 and 8 months and not face penalties.
But remember, this is all under the current tax laws – we know those are subject to change.