Last week, Wall Street’s so-called 'fear indicator,' the VIX (Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index), set a new low since just prior to the 2008 financial crisis. The only time in the past two decades that this indicator was so low was in 2007, right before markets started to decline. Many are wondering aloud if this means that the market has again become too complacent, and that a recession and subsequent market decline are just around the corner. This is the subject of today’s ... [Continue Reading]
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Conventional wisdom tells us that as we age, our investment portfolio should become more conservative. Once we reach retirement we want to start reducing the volatility in our portfolio, so we add more stable bonds into the portfolio and we start to remove a portion of stocks. As we age further, we may want an even more stable portfolio of investments, so we add even more bonds into the mix. However, 'conventional wisdom' doesn’t apply to every situation and every family. When we meet with ... [Continue Reading]
On the journey to a successful retirement we know that small habits can add up over time. Every dollar saved and invested has a chance to grow, and the earlier we save the more growth potential that dollar has. Since we know this is true, savvy savers look for ways to invest a few more dollars and get that process started sooner, rather than later. This can lead to activities such as clipping coupons, keeping the thermostat set to a more reasonable temperature, or bringing a sack lunch to work ... [Continue Reading]
Carlson Capital Management operates under the fiduciary standard, which means we provide advice that is in the best interest of our clients. And, as an independent Registered Investment Advisor (RIA), we are not beholden to any third party and have no hidden incentives to recommend one product or solution over another. We often describe this concept using the metaphor that we are in a supermarket--with access to the entire store, and can pick and choose the solutions (products) that best fit ... [Continue Reading]
Our emotions affect our investment decision making in countless ways, which can have a very real impact on our long-term financial goals. One of the most powerful ways our emotions affect us is through our appetite for risk. When markets are calm and returns have been positive, our brain tells us that it’s okay to take on more risk in hopes of achieving higher rates of returns. The opposite is true as well. When markets become volatile and returns have been negative, our brain tells us to take ... [Continue Reading]