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!).
Global stock market leadership historically has alternated between U.S. and international markets. Rather than choosing one class of stocks over the other based on past performance, focus on the potential long-term benefits of a global approach.
Wealth protection is an important part of our wealth management process that aims to protect your assets against potential creditors and litigants, as well as protect against catastrophic loss. What would happen if you or your child caused a car accident that resulted in serious injuries or the deaths of others? How would you pay for the treatment and damages of someone who was hurt in your home and claimed negligence? What happens when they claim to have suffered greatly because of the injury?
As 2019 approaches, and with US stocks outperforming non-US stocks in recent years, some investors have again turned their attention towards the role that global diversification plays in their portfolios.
Markets have been up and down this year, which can be hard for many investors to live with. During periods like these, hearing stories about how other people deal with uncertainty can be helpful.
“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.
Summary information related to the recent Tax Law changes.
As we begin the final two calendar months of the year, individuals and families start to wrap up their financial year.
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.
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