Travel Safety

Maggie Mayer Financial Planning, Portfolio Management, Retirement Planning

With the recent tragedies involving the Boeing 737 Max airplane, travel safety is back in the news. The debate of flying versus driving is always a curious one. It says many things about human risk behavior. Most people know it is much safer to fly than to drive. Here are the latest United States fatality statistics for 2017[1]:

Drink More Water

Maggie Mayer Financial Planning, Portfolio Management, Retirement Planning

While speaking with a cardiologist recently, my eyes were opened to the “Simple, but not Easy” strategy being applied in the medical profession. We communicate frequently about the importance of this strategy in personal finance so it was fascinating to see it play out in another profession. I thought it would be helpful to share this experience (Don’t worry, no one was hurt in this process!).

Market Predictions

Maggie Mayer Portfolio Management

Each January, economists and investment professionals make their yearly guesses of where the stock market will be the following twelve months. I say guesses because that is what they are. Unfortunately, predicting the stock market direction in the short-term is comparable to your favorite superhero’s superhuman power.

Remember the Fundamentals

Maggie Mayer Portfolio Management

Larger movements in the daily stock market prices are back. The reports we read in the paper, hear on the radio and see on the TV all say we should be doing something.

Recent Market Volatility

Maggie Mayer Financial Planning, Portfolio Management

From September 30–October 10, the US market (as measured by the Russell 3000 Index) fell 4.8%, resulting in many investors wondering what the future holds and if they should make changes to their portfolios. While it may be difficult to remain calm during a substantial market decline, it is important to remember that volatility is a normal part of investing.