The investing world always presents us with moments of “Firsts”. The news media is great at highlighting the first time the market did this or did that. However, they leave out much of the context.
“The general is well aware that your division’s forecasts are worthless. However, they are required for planning purposes.” Kenneth Arrow, a Nobel Memorial Prize winner in 1972 who recently passed away in 2017, began his career in the Weather Division of the Army Air Force during World War II. His division was in charge of predicting future weather patterns. Given his economic and statistician background, he recommended to his general that his unit be disbanded because they were no better at predictions than historical averages for the day in question. As the quote above suggests, the division remained intact.
At the beginning of 2017, a common view among money managers and analysts was that the financial markets would not repeat their strong returns from 2016. Many cited the uncertain global economy, political turmoil in the US, implementation of Brexit, conflicts in the Middle East, North Korea’s weapons buildup, and other factors. The global equity markets defied their predictions, with major equity indices in the US, developed ex-US, and emerging markets posting strong returns for the year.
It is the Christmas season and families are exchanging wish lists for Christmas. As a father of 11-year old twins, my view of Christmas lists has been evolving as my kids have been getting older. Gone are the days of Emily and I suggesting “appropriate” ideas that just happen to make it onto their lists each year. These were great experiences in expectation management. Now, they are more independent and less willing to listen to our advice.
Summary information related to the recent Tax Law changes.
In honor of Richard Thaler, the recent winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, we thought a discussion on behavior finance would be timely and relevant. This field of study has provided great insight on how to better manage personal finances. We would be well served to understand some of his great insights into human behavior.
As we begin the final two calendar months of the year, individuals and families start to wrap up their financial year.
We want to take a minute to inform you of two changes to the McCarthy Grittinger Financial Group team that occurred this year.
On September 7, 2017, Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies, announced what it describes as a “cybersecurity incident” involving consumer information affecting up to 143 million customers.
We’ve written before how a little strategic long-term thinking is good for your financial health. Tying in your personal financial goals with the goals for your investment portfolio helps you to stay the course when the course gets rocky. As with investments, being strategic with your estate plan is another best practice we encourage for our clients.