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.
Much research has been done on humans and their love of stories. I am personally a big fan of stories. Concepts are easier for me to understand and remember if told through a story. However, stories also have their downsides.
This report features world capital market performance and a timeline of events for the past quarter. It begins with a global overview, then features the returns of stock and bond asset classes in the US and international markets. The report also illustrates the impact of globally diversified portfolios and features a quarterly topic.
Some people believe diversification stops at our country’s borders. They believe US companies provide enough diversification. However, the data below shows that portfolios invested only in the US are increasingly missing out on many global investment opportunities. Making a prediction about a single country may bear more risk than taking a more globally diversified approach. “In God we trust; all others bring data.” – W. Edwards Deming
While catching up on sleep may help your health, it would take a miracle to go to sleep earlier one night and wake up with a heap of cash at your bedside. While there’s no one secret or rule that will instantly make you rich, emulating some of the financial habits of the wealthy may help you follow in their fiscal footsteps.
It is always an interesting time to be an investor. As we have discussed previously, people reading the investment news every day without the knowledge of some simple investment principles would be very overwhelmed. The investment jargon, fancy charts, and emotional wording can cause an investor’s blood pressure to rise quickly. It is fascinating to read about today’s investment world being especially “volatile”, “uncertain”, “risky”, and “unpredictable”. In our opinion, these words could describe markets every day.