Year in Review

Maggie Mayer Education Savings Planning, Estate Planning, Financial Planning, Portfolio Management, Retirement Planning, Tax Planning

Nothing takes you away from dwelling in the past or agonizing about the future like living in the present” – Roy T Bennett, The Light in the Heart. As we bring another calendar year to a close, we look back at what a year it has been. It is important to reflect and to learn from the past. In reflection, we are often amazed at the events that we experienced and how much different they were then we might have expected. This reflection process is where knowledge is truly gained. Knowing the power of hindsight bias allows us to better …

Investment Plans and Rain Delays

Maggie Mayer Education Savings Planning, Estate Planning, Financial Planning, Portfolio Management, Retirement Planning, Tax Planning

“The reason our ideas haven’t spread faster is they’re too simple” – Charlie Munger, Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway. Investment philosophies can be as simple or complex as investors want them to be. Many investors believe that the more complex the structure or plan, the more valuable it must be. History is full of examples proving this belief to be wrong. Unfortunately, financial institutions are well aware of these investor beliefs so they have marketed complex products and services. Maybe they will work or maybe they will not. Either way, investments typically do not move in one direction all the …

The Stock Market and Presidential Elections

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Dear Valued Clients and Friends: Every four years we field questions about the possible effect of a presidential election on stock returns. This is understandable as presidential elections tend to bring out uncertainties that fuel discussions and this year’s election holds far more uncertainty than the norm. So, with the election a few short weeks away, we thought it would be interesting to look at the historical relationship between the stock market and presidential elections. But it is well worth noting at the start, while it may be interesting (even fun) to discuss whether one party or the other is …

Summer Road Trips: Microcosm of Our Financial Lives

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Summer road trips have been a tradition for families across the country for many generations. They have changed over time with updated technology (i.e. cars, GPS, lodging, etc.), but the basic concepts of seeing something new while also possibly visiting distant family remain the same. To make this once a year event successful requires extensive planning. Having recently returned from our own summer road trip to the west coast to visit family, I can attest that much goes into the plan!

How Not to Be Wrong and Helicopter Money

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Hopefully, everyone has been enjoying their summer. Here in Wisconsin, similar to the recent stock market increase in July, our temperatures have recently hit the high mark for the year-to-date. However, the path for both the temperature and investments has not been on a linear path. This newsletter addresses how these non-linear paths are important to be aware of. We see them in reviewing first half investment returns, in predicting future investment returns, and in reviewing future economic scenarios. Being aware of this concept can improve the investor experience and hopefully lessen anxiety along the way.

Start The Senior Living Conversation

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It can be awkward, uncomfortable and even depressing to start a conversation with your parents or other elderly loved ones that centers on the fact that they may no longer be capable of living on their own. It’s hard to admit that someone who once cared for you may now need care themselves, and often seniors are not ready to accept this hard fact. However, senior living is above all a health and safety issue, and it’s important to prepare seniors for the next chapter in their lives, even if they’re not yet ready. Up to 75 percent of seniors …

Congress Ends Two Advanced Social Security Strategies

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Social Security may be one of your largest assets. What and when you collect will make a huge difference to your lifetime benefits and changes to the program are important to understand. This month's newsletter provides an explanation of recent changes. In November 2015, Congress passed a law that raised the national debt limit and prevented a government shutdown. The law included provisions that removed two Social Security filing statuses: "file-and-suspend" and "file-and-restrict." Read All